Haunting, heartfelt, & mesmerizing...these are just a few of the words that describe the dynamic duo hailing from Long Beach, California of Kevin Jordan (vocals/guitar) and Anthony Del Grosso (guitar) better known as the "acoustic-rock" group This Wild Life. Headlining a tour across the country and playing songs from their latest album Low Tides, a heart-wrenching (in the best way) 10 tracker that hits all over the emotional map with their beautifully poignant lyrics and charismatic guitar styles. Their latest single "Break Me" from "the Low Tides sessions" is out now and the video can be seen on their website www.thiswildlifeband.com.
As they took to the stage on a humid Thursday night at The Holding Company in Ocean Beach, San Diego the crowd thickened, almost surpassing capacity, and cheered loudly. The stage was barely big enough to hold TWL's presence at bay as the fans drew close enough to reach out and touch them. Going with the Low Tides theme, the show started with The Little Mermaid's "Under The Sea" as the black lit umbrellas disguised as jellyfish sat on either side of the stage, tentacles waving from the MUCH needed winds of the fans around THC. The set quickly turned into a sing along as devoted fans belted every word to "Concrete" from the Clouded album then easily transitioned into "Pull Me Out" from their latest all the while staying in that "concert crowd" harmony that we all know so well. There's something great about a bunch of strangers that can come together like they've known each other for years and have a great time when good "REAL" music is involved.
Every song a fan favorite for one reason or another depending on who you asked, This Wild Life had the crowd swaying to every song. I'm pretty sure that if the fire codes had permitted everyone would've had their lighters waving through the air, but in an almost too telling view of society today, cell phones lit the way. They controlled the crowd as if they were puppet masters and their lyrics were the strings moving their body's side to side. Fan request came from all over when Kevin started a musical bidding war, when the votes where said and done a rendition of R Kelly's "Remix to Ignition" was played almost like a singer/songwriter standard of sorts that had the whole crowd bobbing their heads and moving their feet. The band could do no wrong on that stage and they knew it.
The night drew to an end with their cover of Bring Me The Horizon's "Sleepwalking" ringing loudly in the hearts of everyone in the room, bringing tears to a few faces in the crowd. Then their final song of the night "OVER IT" began to play, bringing the energy up to 11 (If I may play off Spinal Tap for a second) for the final time of the evening. This Wild Life played one hell of a show, and if you missed it you have one final shot in Vegas before they go globe trotting to Brazil, Mexico, and Australia for the rest of their expectantly amazing tour! These guys are not to be missed so get your tickets soon, buy their albums and SUPPORT REAL MUSIC AND MUSICIANS! They write the soundtracks of our lives and without them it would be a dull one.