"I’d take a shitty dive bar over an expensive trailer any day" Introducing... The Wild Things
You might not be familiar with The Wild Things yet but you soon will be. The London quartet are fast building a reputation with their alt-rock stylings, selling out such high profile London venuews as The Lexington. To find out a bit more about the band, and ask some annoying questions ("I get asked that SO often"), we talk to frontwoman Sydney Rae White.
Hey Syd, how the devil are you?
I dig that enthusiasm. I’m absolutely smashing, thanks.
What have you been up to today?
Today has been a bit nuts... I spent my morning working with Tim Rice’s family (and I’m a total Disnerd so it’s always so cool to work with them!) Then this afternoon was just as awesome; we found out we’re getting our first spread in a super cool magazine. They can probably hear me squealing in Australia.
Tell us about the band.
We’re loud and very proud of that. We write the songs we want to hear and tell the stories we want to tell, and that really helps to make every time we play live a different end energizing experience.
Your brother and husband are in the band too, is that hard work?
No! And I get asked that SO often. I’ve been in bands before with mates and it usually went tits up because we were afraid to speak up if we didn’t like something or were uncomfortable, because we didn’t want to hurt the friendships. I can say any shit I want to those boys! They give it straight back but that’s the beauty of it. Also, touring with your other half is always stellar. We’re pretty rubbish when we’re apart.
What can you tell us about your new track, ‘Loaded Gun’?
This track is totally and completely US. When you listen to 'Loaded Gun', you are gonna know who The Wild Things are and what we're about.
How do you guys approach songwriting?
Cam usually takes the lead - he’ll cook up a melody or riff then bring it to us. Rob then usually starts on the lyrics but we’ll all come together to make it a TWT track. It’s a really awesome and collaborative process. And usually pretty cathartic too.
You’ve done a bit of acting in your time as well, how’s that compare to music?
It’s totally different! It’s usually veeeery structured, sometimes quite daunting. The fun of music is being able to turn up and feel something, and then use that to create art. Acting is a lot of waiting and you’re really only a small cog in a large machine. With music you are the machine!
Which is more glamorous?
Oh acting for sure. Well. Most of the time. Rob and I have had to film in a few horrible places like… literal caves, or icy water. And I cannot tell you how many weird fucking places I’ve napped on sets. But I’d take a shitty dive bar over an expensive trailer any day.
Your Facebook page says you guys do most of the work for the band, what’s the reality of being a new act trying to break through?
You just gotta keep on keeping on. I think lots of people assume it’s just - you write a song, you play the song, you get big. There’s SO much hard work behind it all, and some really shitty setbacks, but I always say to people just keep pushing forward. Like, I would have never expected the outpouring of love and recognition we’re getting from this first single, but it’s good to know all that ‘behind the scenes’ work is paying off.
What’s the crappiest thing that you have to do, the thing that you’d happily pay someone else to deal with?
Actually… It’s really not that awful for me haha. The boys very rarely let me touch the gear because I’m an absolute klutz and almost everything I handle either gets lost or broken. But in all seriousness, I hate the long drives in a small van - especially the ones home when we’re all sweaty and full of the post-show blues. If someone would like to donate a tour bus to us that’d be great. Oh and any chefs out there that fancy tagging along with a rock band please call me… I haven’t eaten a vegetable in 6 months and I’m now on friendly terms with every KFC employee around the country.
Is music too accessible these days? Is there too much of it about?
Having so much music about is fantastic but the issue is that streaming sites bring in so little money to the artist that it’s so difficult to support yourself. The irony then, is that it’s only the major artists who get seen and brilliant music, more often than not, just falls through the cracks and disappears.
How’s your 2017 been so far?
It’s been my favorite year for us yet. And not just cause the band threw me and Rob a secret wedding in Disney. I’m so excited for people to see what we have in store.
You’re pretty active on social media, but is social media a good thing or a total pain in the arse?
I think it’s both if that makes sense? I totally love the memes and shit but often if I’m tweeting I feel like I’m just spewing mindless self-promotion. I like to stick to memes, cat vines and these weird little dudes (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ . Though I do think my band’s accounts are pretty gnarly - we have some ridiculously cool photos thanks to Marcus Maschwitz. And we’re very punny. Who doesn’t love a pun?
Where’s the strangest place you’ve played live?
Our first ever gig was in a tiny rock bar in Palma Majorca where we were pissed off our tits, had one guitar with five strings and no picks so we used a Euro coin. I think that one was pretty weird. But also, I’m not sure I super remember all the details…Oh, we also spent most of last summer playing our own mini festival in an industrial fridge in a German deli. One of the guys who worked there was so impressed with us he tried to gift us his Jeep. I look back on that and wonder why the fuck we didn’t accept?!
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
'Hardbeat' - Jamie Lenman. I’m obsessed with his new record. Ooh! Or maybe a Carly Rae Jepson song. So only on slightly different ends of the spectrum there.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
How is my cat, Filthy McNasty? She’s great, thank you.
What’s the question you always get asked and wish you didn’t?
‘Describe your Sound’ - not because we get it a lot, I just find it so hard! How do you describe a sound...
Finally, how do you take your coffee? (Or alcohol?)
Coffee gives me uh…. stomach problems. I like vodka. Lots of it. Preferably with root beer so if the UK can get its act together and start stocking it that’d be great.
Thanks so much for your time Syd. Enjoy your pre-Christmas shows!
Thank YOU so much! (╭☞• ⍛• )╭☞
To find out more about the band you can visit their website, follow them on Twitter, or like them on Facebook.