Wild Child, indie-folk pop band from Austin, Texas, began as an acoustic duo consisting of Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins singing ukulele love songs written and shared over red wine and old photographs. The two met for the first time just three days prior to a six-week tour with a Scandinavian band and instantly became enamored with their new life on the road. With northern U.S. parks and fields as their backdrop and a tour van as their practice studio, Kelsey and Alexander formed their first ten songs, flawlessly documenting the ups and downs of a less than idealistic yet enchanting romance. Wild Child has evolved since then into a six-piece band, accenting the soulful vocals and folk-influenced instrumentation with lush strings, keys, bells, banjo and percussion.
After returning from the tour in November of 2010 and recording lo-fi demos of their songs on an old 8-track recorder, Kelsey and Alexander spent the next few months working on pre-production with the help of Anthony Erickson of Eye in the Sky Collective. San Francisco producers Evan Magers and Alex Peterson traveled to Austin at the beginning of March 2011 to begin recording the full-length album. Following a month of rehearsing, recording, and making their SXSW debut, Kelsey, Alexander, Evan and Alex returned to San Francisco to finish tracking the album and spent the subsequent months mixing at Major Nation Studio in Austin.
In the midst of the recording process and in anticipation of their SXSW debut, Wild Child added drummer Carey McGraw, cellist Sadie Wolfe, keyboardist Evan Magers, and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Mares to inject their own unique influences and playing styles into the mix. Wild Child has fostered their growing reputation by performing regularly at venues and festivals throughout central Texas, including Emo’s, the Texas Music Theater, Wild Frontier Fest, and Art Disaster 13.
Mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Erik Wofford, Wild Child’s debut album, “Pillow Talk,” features 15 tracks comprised of gorgeous harmonies, tempered rhythms and conflicted lyrics about love and loss. Ranging from the dazed and nostalgic "Silly Things" to the waltzy and wishful "I'll Figure You Out," the songs tell a rich tale of inconvenient matters of the heart with an irreverent, playful innocence that wanders in and out of reality and fantasy. From the somber and sweet "Darling Divine" to the rambunctiously infectious "Cocaine Hurricane," the chemistry between Kelsey and Alexander is palpable and unique—sweet and youthful on the surface, but frenzied, unruly and fiercely honest underneath.
Wild Child will continue to perform throughout the region in support of their debut album “Pillow Talk,” released on October 25, 2011 by Major Nation Records, with plans to begin touring nationally in February 2012.