About a year and a half ago, a Wild Child was born. The Austin-based band considers the child drunk, poppy, lovely and bitter, ultimately stemming from their musical style. Front man and ukelelist, Alexander Beggins, met Lead Vocalist and violinist, Kelsey Wilson, while on tour with another band, and began writing songs together. Coincidentally, “when we got back to Austin, we realized that we were actually neighbors,” Wilson recalls. “We kept writing for a couple months and then started pulling from the incredible pool of musicians we knew, and formed the band Wild Child.”
Wilson and Beggins knew Wild Child’s drummer, Carey McGraw, and banjo player Matthew Mares even before they had both met each other. Bassist, Chris D’Annunzio, “is a very talented old friend who plays for a ridiculous number of bands here in Austin,” Wilson states. The rest of the band formed with Beggins’ cousin from San Francisco, keyboardist Evan Magers, and cellist, Miss Sadie Wolfe, the younger sister of a good friend of the band. “Once we had everyone together, we started drinking and no other preparations were made then that! Just a LOT of whiskey,” Wilson says.
Wild Child has officially been together for one year now, and planning an upcoming album. The songwriting process is soon to be finished, and the band is now “just tying up loose ends and figuring out where to record at this point,” says Wilson. Hopes are that by next year there will be a new full length Wild Child album, resulting in plans for a second tour.
According to Wild Child, “there is literally nothing better than performing live,” which explains how pumped they are for this year’s MR. Fest. The band is looking forward to performing at Sean Patrick’s Pub in San Marcos, TX, Saturday, April 28th during KTSW 89.9 5th annual MR. Fest!