A Couple Former Dallas Musicians' New San Antonio Band Is About To Blow Up Like Crazy.
Back at the Observer in the fall of 2010, Daniel Hopkins and I really thought we were on to something when we found a new band with Dallas ties called Wild Party.
The Killers-by-way-of-Strokes charm of that band's debut single, “Take My Advice,” was infectious. Add in the fact that the San Antonio-based band was subsequently scooped as the opening act for The Wombats' nine-date, sold-out UK tour, and, well, it just seemed like the writing was on the wall: These guys were in for a pretty bright future.
Except, well, then they kind of fell off the map.
That is, of course, until this week, when the band resurfaced with a nice little cosign from Spinner, who premiered the below video for “Out Right,” one of two just-released videos (check out “When I Get Older” right here) for songs off of the band's set-for-May debut EP, All Nighter.
Why care? Well, for one thing, it's incredibly catchy stuff still very much along that aforementioned Killers-meets-Strokes line. And, secondly, as also aforementioned, these guys have significant Dallas ties: Bass player Jake Kreifels (older brother of Wild Party frontman Lincoln Kreifels) used to play in Dallas' Space Man Spiff, and drummer Ethan Kaufman used to play guitar for The Broadcast and for the Richardson-bred Ryan Cabrera. Turns out Kaufmann still maintains a studio in Dallas, too; he even recorded the new Wild Party EP there. And the “Out Right” video was directed by Ethan's brother, Dallas-based filmmaker Evan Kaufmann, also formerly of The Broadcast.
So, sure, these guys may be from San Antonio now. But they basically got their starts here in Dallas. Which is worth noting because, based off the strength of these early recordings, it sounds like they're going to be going plenty of places from here.