Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Wild Cub

Wild CubEver see an awesome commercial and wonder where the song in the background comes from? Well U.S based band “Wild Cub” gives off that vibe after recently being in a commercial for Bose. Infectious beats, tropical moods, and vivid imagery are all words that can be used to describe this band. Check out the interview below!

AMBY: Hello Wild Cub, what’s the band been up to lately?

Wild Cub: We just released our new single “Blacktide” last week on KEXP, “Thunder Clatter” has been charting really well in the UK, and now we are sitting here in Seattle (home of KEXP) about to start our big summer tour.

AMBY: Your album Youth is funky and lively. Which songs are your favourite of the record?

Wild Cub: We intentionally tried to have a wide variety of tracks on the record, so that you could really connect to it in a multitude of ways over a long period of time. Our hope is that people experience like we have, you have moments with every single song depending on where you are at when you’re listening to it.

AMBY: Straight No Turns is such a tune! What’s the story behind the song?

Wild Cub: That one came pretty easily, we got excited about the beginning and it built itself out from there. “Straight No Turns” is sort of the “Cruise Control” track of the record, it’s where everything is working out pretty well thematically, things are at their simplest and most contented. Not that the record operates on a strict arc, but that song song especially feels like the brief moment when you’ve just met someone and you are sharing something substantial together over a single night, and everything is working.

AMBY: The band will be going on a West Coast Tour with Rare Times. What’s the best part of touring?

Wild Cub: For us, the best part is the non musical part sometimes. If we are at a festival, it’s getting to see the other bands and meet everyone. If we are on tour, it’s getting to spend time seeing so many incredible places and meeting so many people. We just flew into LA and drove up to Seattle to begin this tour, and the past 3 days of driving, exploring, and hanging out with friends/family has been amazing.

AMBY: If you could hang out with any of your influences for a day, who would you be with and what would you do?

Wild Cub: Damon Albarn from Gorillaz. I’d just ask as much as possible about his routine, how he spends his day writing. How he found the confidence to forge such a unique and prolific career.

AMBY: The band has some pretty amazing videos, our favourite being Wild Light. What’s your favorite?

Wild Cub: “Wild Light” is pretty good. I also really like “Jonti”, because I helped assemble and cut together all the hundreds of individual photographs that we used. My personal favorite at this specific moment is the our video for “Drive”.

AMBY: Where did the name Wild Cub come from?

Wild Cub: It’s meaningless. It’s just a way for it not to be any of our names. Band names are perfect in that they are almost always meaningless. Instead, it’s just an entry point into the record. We enjoy that the record can be it’s own thing, no faces or names on it, just a bunch of moments for people to connect to and use their imagination with.

AMBY: What’s the best song of the year so far?

Wild Cub: It’s actually by a Canadian! “Don’t Leave It With Me” by Mozart’s Sister. Easy.

AMBY: What’s the hardest thing about being in a band? What’s the best thing?

Wild Cub: The toughest thing is that it demands a lot of your very basic time. You can’t just APPEAR in NY and play a show, or SEATTLE for example. You have to fly/drive/whatever there. And then once you’re there, there is load-in, sound check, press, etc. It’s all fine and good, but the toughest part is finding ways to keep that time productive. Try and sneak away and write or read or anything. The instinct is to just spend a lot of time sitting around waiting for things. So the challenge is to figure out how to adjust and really use that time.

AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Wild Cub that nobody knows yet?

Wild Cub: Harry’s mom makes fantastic cookies.

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Thank you Wild Cub, for giving us your answers!

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Cedric Casimier

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