a quick catch up... This Wild Life
Hailing from Long Beach, California, Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso, commonly known as This Wild Life, are a bit of an anomaly. Heavily tattooed & bejewelled with ear gauges, they look every inch the archetypal west coast punk duo. Indeed, their early days look much like that - as a pop-punk band there was very little to distinguish them from their countless peers seeking fame and fortune, however, that all changed when they did the least “punk” thing imaginable and became an acoustic duo. In 2014, the two piece released an album titled 'Clouded'. Off that release, that band have seen themselves get more and more recognised having toured with Sleeping With Sirens, Pierce the Veil and New Found Glory and done multiple headline tours in the UK, including a sold out show at the Underworld in Camden.
We caught up with singer Kevin to pick his brain on a few things:
Bad Luck: Your last release, Clouded was a pretty big departure from your earlier, full band effort. What brought about this change? Kevin Jordan: It was kind of gradual. We had done an acoustic version of a full band song really early on and people had liked it. Then we ended up doing an acoustic cover that took off online and we just decided we wanted to start writing some more acoustic songs. Our second EP was half full band, half acoustic and without playing any shows acoustically - or really promoting it much - those songs started taking off on their own and we just decided we were enjoying writing those songs; people seemed to like them a lot so we decided to make a full-length that was just acoustic.
BL: You’ve toured with some much heavier bands in the past - how was the reception to your music? KJ: I think that’s where we prefer to play. We’ve pretty much never done acoustic tours or anything like that. We think we fit more into something like Slam Dunk or Warped Tour back home so we like touring with bands like Pierce The Veil or Beartooth. We just got off a tour with Turnstile and New Found Glory. We like to stick out!
BL: Where’s your favourite place to play in the world and why? KJ: I think one of the best shows we ever played was last summer on Warped Tour in Montreal, Canada. We’d never been there before - we still haven’t been back - but we had a gigantic crowd for some reason and they knew every word so that’s probably my favourite show we’ve ever played.
BL:What would we learn about you if we went through your browser history? KJ:[looks through phone] … Nothing too crazy I don’t think. BL: I notice Disney is ranking there as a pretty high potential search option… KJ: Mostly I just go to Absolute Punk. I don’t know, probably just looking up words and random facts about cities and movies and crap like that.
BL: Tell us the weirdest fact you know KJ: I know a lot of Will Smith facts. Will Smith’s favourite band is Soilwork. They’re a Swedish metal band. KJ: Will Smith turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix. He says its his biggest regret because instead of doing that he filmed Wild Wild West which is one of the WORST movies
BL: If you could collaborate with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why? KJ: Ooh that’s a tough one. I don’t listen to a lot of classic rock or anything so I would probably say somebody that’s current. Probably Sarah Bareilles. She’s a singer-songwriter. She has this incredible voice and plays piano very very well. I think that’d be cool.
Clouded is out now.