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Austin band launches new album with (kind of free) Texas shows

Lisa Dreher

An indie band is returning to its roots to release a fourth album, and those who snag their new vinyl can partake in any of their free shows in the Lone Star state.

“We owe all we have to everyone that has supported us since or humble beginning gigging around the state in our little red van back in 2011,” the band said in a Facebook Event post. “We feel so incredibly proud to be Texans and are incredibly excited to share our new music with you.”

The gratuitous tour celebrates ?Expectations, their latest album after a three-year break. Wild Child’s indie, folksy pop sound is akin to other similar bands honing Americana rock, with breezy melodies, soft vocals and bright ukulele chords bolstered by trumpet and string instruments. 

Their Texas ties crisscross with different Texan talents, such as local favorite Shakey Graves, an Americana rock band also from Austin. The two together on the Austin “Outside City Limits Tour” in 2013.

Matthew Logan Vasquez of folk rock band Delta Spirit shared some southern hospitality in Wimberley, Texas, by creating a makeshift studio in the abandoned childhood home of Wild Child vocalist, Kelsey Wilson. 

The band released their first album, ?Pillow Talk, in 2011, showcasing lead vocalists Wilson and Alexander Beggins’ harmony and lyrical range. Wilson’s tender vocals floating atop folksy guitar plucking sounds much like Phox, with both using violin and cello to tie everything together.

?The Runaround, band’s sophomore album ventured past intimate duets into more layered, robust tracks. Their next album, ?Fools, sharpened their style with anthem-like melodies and grittier guitar riffs.