WORDS: Alex Caslano
“It was certainly daunting; it was such a massive change in roles for both of us - I’d never fronted a band before and Kieran had never ventured past the drum riser.” Reflecting on their first gig together as The Wild Curve, you can easily get a sense of the pressure both Neil and band mate Kieran were under as they took to the stage at The Berkeley Suite for their very first gig. As it would turn out, they had nothing to worry about as the show was completely sold out, receiving rave reviews and plaudits from fans and journalists alike. “Coming off stage afterwards was a real sense of elation” continues Neil. “We’d been working up to that point for at least two years prior, so to know that it all worked and people enjoyed it was a relief.”
It may have come as a relief, but judging by the response to their first two tracks on Soundcloud, the overwhelming reaction can’t have been entirely surprising. Uploading their first song ‘Diamonds’ early last year, followed by debut single ‘Warriors’, the duo quickly attracted the attention of bloggers around the world, with the two tracks now sitting at over 60,000 plays. Take a listen and it’s not difficult to recognise their appeal, with stadium synths and summery guitar licks providing the perfect backdrop for Neil’s emotive vocals. The sound was perfectly visualised in the video for ‘Warriors’ which saw the duo head to Barcelona for a DIY shoot (“we both needed some sun after endless months in a dark, damp studio, so shooting a video in Spain was a no brainer!”).
Having recently toured with fellow Glaswegians, Prides, the stage is set for their next and biggest performance – a leap from the blogosphere onto mainstream radio. And while that certainly won’t happen overnight, we get the feeling that 2015 will be a year to remember for The Wild Curve.
Check out both ‘Diamonds’ and ‘Warriors’ below, as well as the aforementioned video and an interview with Neil in which we talk more about the importance of blogs, first gig nerves and what comes next:
SG: It may be at the start of a new year, but we’d like to rewind twelve months and find out what you were doing in January 2014; was The Wild Curve already in motion? And how did the project start to come together?
The Wild Curve: It was indeed. This time last year we’d already been working together for around 18 months. In fact, I remember we started recording a batch of songs in the first week of January last year because I had a bad cold after spending New Year way up in the chilliest, most northern tip of Scotland. We’d known each other for years but we came together musically after a chance meeting where I mentioned I’d been writing some songs and Kieran talked about how he’d gotten really into production. Working together seemed like a no brainer, really.
SG: You contacted us in May last year with your track ‘Warriors’, describing it as ‘breezy electro’. Are you fans of club music as well as electronic pop acts? And who would you describe as your main influences?
The Wild Curve: More so over the last couple of years, yeah. I can’t say I’ve always been a fan of club music, but as we’ve got more and more into electronic music I’ve developed a massive appreciation for it. Collectively our influences range across indie, electronic and pop acts such as Two Door Cinema Club, Justice, Gesaffelstein, Foster the People and Katy Perry, of course!
SG: We just watched the video for ‘Warriors’ which captures a summer aesthetic suited perfectly to the song; do you think about how songs could be presented with regards to videos or artwork? Is that important to you?
The Wild Curve: Definitely. We both feel it’s important to have artwork and a video that reflect the tone of the song, to give some reinforcement. Plus, we both needed some sun after endless months in a dark damp studio, so shooting a video in Spain was another no brainer!
SG: The two tracks on your Soundcloud have amassed over 60,000 plays since you uploaded them last year; what have been the most effective ways of promoting your music and reaching fans?
The Wild Curve: Online music blogs like yourselves, without a doubt. When we put each track up we were overwhelmed by the response and the distances from which we were getting responses too. I had no idea how much reach and power online blogs had, but it became apparent that they are the way forward for promoting music. Since we put ‘Diamonds’ online we’ve both become avid followers of music blogs and they tend to be our main source of new music now.
SG: You played your first gig at The Berkeley Suite last September, receiving some great reviews and reaction; was it daunting playing your music live for the first time? And how did you feel coming off stage after a sold out show?
The Wild Curve: It was certainly daunting. I think the week or two leading up to the show were more daunting than show day itself. It was such a massive change in roles for both of us - I’d never fronted a band before and Kieran had never ventured past the drum riser - preparing for that was nerve-wracking to say the least. By the day of the gig I think we’d managed to rehearse enough to feel as comfortable as we could and so the gig was actually really enjoyable. Coming off stage afterwards was a real sense of elation. We’d been working up to that point for at least two years prior, so to know that it all worked and people enjoyed it was a relief.
SG: It seems like you have some real momentum behind you going into 2015 and last year provided the perfect springboard; how do you see things progressing over the next twelve months and what can we look forward to release wise?
The Wild Curve: We’re currently tying up all the loose ends for our next release which we hope to have available before springtime. As for the rest of the year, we hope to be out and about playing more shows and releasing more music, whilst working on new material too. A fine juggling act is what we’re aiming for.
The Wild Curve ‘Warriors’ is available to download now on iTunes.