Tonight, indie-rock band Wildling will perform in Claremont McKenna College’s Marks Basement. Wildling recently performed at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas and they will tour with Young the Giant in the fall. Their single “Like You Do” was featured on a recent episode of ABC’s “Nashville.”
The concert was organized by Alternatives Anonymous, a new club dedicated to bringing live music to CMC. Led by freshman Brendan Busch, the club selected Wildling after hearing their single “Hummingbird” on KROQ.
“Wildling is an incredibly talented band, and we couldn’t be more ecstatic to have them headlining our first show,” Brendan said.
Wildling began with Andrew Ampaya and brothers Ryan and Justin Levine. Then, Ryan met guitarist Erik Janson at a writing workshop. The four performed acoustically throughout Venice and Hollywood until they met drummer Casey Brothers through a mutual friend.
Ryan is especially excited about the performance Friday, as his first band performed their first concert at CMC.
“I remember playing my first show ever with my first band out of high school at Claremont McKenna,” Ryan said. “It was awesome, so this is a bit of a full circle for me.”
Based in Los Angeles, Wildling enjoys the opportunity to see a lot of shows together while befriending several other bands in the city. Ryan explained that the healthy competition between Los Angeles artists has encouraged the band to focus on writing original songs.
Although the band just formed in 2012, their focus on songwriting has enabled them to find success and develop a distinct voice. Ryan said that the band does not follow a specific writing process, but have created songs in different ways.
“Everyone in the band is in love with music, with songs, with the craft of songwriting as well as the visceral impact music has on us,” Ryan said. “There’s no real process. The band is pretty new and songs seem to be coming in different ways as we continue to grow as a group.”
Brendan said that the month and half planning process for the show went smoothly as Alternatives Anonymous collaborated with members of the CMC community, Wildling and the band’s managers. He hopes that Alternatives Anonymous can plan more regular concert events next year and eventually aspires to put together a Coachella-style music festival.
The concert is free and will feature an opening performance by Kai Kellerman ’18 and Russell Salazar ’18 of the a cappella group the After School Specials. It will begin at 8:30 p.m. in Marks basement. Check out Wildling’s music at this link.