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Wildhoney Out West, Supporting Hatchie

Written by on September 16, 2018

If you know us, you know Wildhoney. We’ve been bumping these incredible sounds from Baltimore since their first official EP, released back in 2013. They’ve only grown in stature and musical prowess ever since. From Seventeen Forever to Your Face Sideways, to their first full length LP Sleep Through It on Deranged Records, Wildhoney is known for cranking out memorable tunes and feels. Now They’ve signed on to the West Coast leg of Hatchie’s U.S. tour, and it’s a pairing that makes perfect sense. Even when boosting the ambient noise quotient on a Wildhoney tune, there’s an undeniably sweet center that draws you right in. Then last week, they teased us with their contribution to Slumberland Records’ singles series, SLR30. “Naive Castle” is a touch softer, a bit jinglier, a plaintive indie/dream pop crossover set to a propulsive shuffle beat. We caught up with Joseph Trainor from Wildhoney, just to catch up with their latest moves.

DKFM: How long has it been since Wildhoney toured the West Coast? Seems like at LEAST three years.
Joe: It’s been two years since we’ve returned to the West Coast, which was around the time we released our tunes Horror Movie and TL. Myself, my boyfriend, Alan and Nathan all recently moved to LA as well!
DKFM: “Naive Castle” is the new single for Slumberland Records’ SLR30 Singles Series, and it’s dreamier than ever before. Talk a little bit about how this came together.
Joe: We are truly honored to be a part of the single series, Slumberland is an extremely formative label for us, and truly inspired us to start the band. As for the song, it was written during the beginnings of LP2 writing process. We recorded it with our friend Jordan (who plays in a dope band called Bubble Wand) at his studio in Copy Cat, and at our practice space to give this recording a more lofi sound, off-the-cuff vibe.
DKFM: Does “Naive Castle” signal a directional shift for Wildhoney? Or are we just broadening the sonic arsenal?
Joe: This actually feels like an ending of the first era of Wildhoney soundwise on A-Side, and B-Side explores the use of drum machines, synths with less overall focus on GUITARS. That being said, the LP2 stuff has been more informed by Too Pure Records from early 90s, Bossa Nova, and our continued exploration of electronic music.
DKFM: Does this mean there’s more coming? This sounds like a teaser for the next great Wildhoney release.
Joe: Yes, but still finishing writing. We spent a lot of time touring for a few years, and it took awhile to figure out what we wanted to put out into the world. As artists we just wanted to feel actually inspired instead of just putting something out because we felt like we had to. I honestly can’t wait for people to hear the new record, that’s hardest part, just getting it right for us.
DKFM: I know you’ve been out in support of stalwarts and legends like Cloakroom. Hatchie is an international phenomenon, FULL STOP, with an impressive and universally loved debut. How did you connect and make THIS tour happen?
Joe: Just reached out, we felt a kinship with Hatchie’s music, and she agreed. Can’t wait to see her live. Her EP is just a gem of pop perfection, her songwriting is just so clear and filled with heart.
DKFM: Finally, what are you most looking forward to on this West Coast swing?
Joe: Playing, watching Hatchie play, and making new friends!
Hatchie/Wildhoney West Coast Dates (this week!)
Tue 18-Sep / Barboza / Seattle, WA TICKETS
Wed 19-Sep1 / Doug Fir Lounge / Portland, OR TICKETS
Fri 21-Sep / Café du Nord / San Francisco, CA TICKETS
Sat 22-Sep / Bootleg Theater / Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT
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