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The Key Studio Sessions: Found Wild

For singer-songwriter Tim Arnold, the band Found Wild began as a journey of self-discovery.

Best known in the XPN universe as the energetic percussionist at the backbone of local indie folk-pop faves Good Old War, Arnold took a hiatus from his main band a few years back to step back from the brink that the hard-touring, regularly-partying lifestyle had brought him to. He sobered up, he and his partner had a child, and he began writing songs that, for the first time, were wholly his own. Songs were he was the focal point, not the backing vocalist singing harmonies over the drumbeat; songs about his life and experiences.

As he described it when I interviewed the band this summer, this newfound clarity opened the floodgates. Continue reading →

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Found Wild drops first full release following two teaser singles

Found Wild | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Found Wild, a new project featuring Good Old War members Keith Goodwin and Tim Arnold, released their debut EP while out on the road with Anthony Green and his Avalon 10 Year Anniversary Tour. If you’re lucky enough to see them live this summer, then you’ll hear this masterful new collection of songs front to back.

Leading up to the release, Found Wild teased us with two singles, “Weatherman” and “Nothing Gold Can Last.” The rest of the songs follow the singles’ themes of loss, regret, and forgiveness, and the cool thing is, if you know anything about the relationship between Arnold and Goodwin, then you get to glimpse the most deeply personal parts of it through this new music. Found Wild is the second-winded passion project that pulled Arnold out of the darkness and back into his life, and these songs are sort of like apologetic and explanatory letters to himself and the people he loves about where he was and how he’s ready to move on to a brighter future. Continue reading →

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Found Wild releases second single “Weatherman,” a somber ballad dedicated to change

Found Wild
Found Wild | photo courtesy of the artist

Tim Arnold and Keith Goodwin of Good Old War have finally given us a release date for Found Wild‘s forthcoming self-titled EP: July 20th. That’s just Days Away (hahaha), and to celebrate, we have a new single to check out. “Weatherman” is the somber track of the album, and if you caught the Avalon Tour at the TLA last week, then you know this since they played all of them for a captivated audience. Continue reading →

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Found Wild channels deeply personal themes into beautiful country tones on “Nothing Gold Can Last”

Found Wild
Found Wild | photo courtesy of the artist

When I met up with Tim Arnold and Keith Goodwin last week at Spruce Street Harbor Park, they had a big week ahead of them. Tour was a week away, and they had to rehearse for three completely different sets. One is for singer-songwriter Anthony Green (of Circa Survive and more), whose backing band they play in; he will be performing his debut solo album Avalon in full for its tenth anniversary. Another is for their long-running band, Good Old War, who is direct support the show and celebrating an anniversary of their own; Only Way To Be Alone, the album that launched them into the folk-infused modern rock zone with the super poppy “Coney Island,” is also ten years old.

But most significantly for these two Bucks County born-and-raised musicians is the opening band for the night: Found Wild, their new duo project based around Arnold’s songwriting. Though he’s always been a vocalist as part of Good Old War’s three-part harmony ensemble, this project marks his first time singing lead. It’s also his first time as the primary songwriter in a band, and after an emotionally taxing handful of years, he had a lot to sing about.

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New Good Old War side project Found Wild to debut new music on June 25th

Yesterday, WXPN debuted “Nothing Gold Can Last” by Found Wild, a new project comprised of Good Old War members Keith Goodwin and Tim Arnold, and if you don’t think I’m the MOST excited about this collab, then you’re wrong. (They’re at the very beginning stages, so an Instagram link is all I can share with you at the moment). To make it even better, they’ll be opening Anthony Green’s Avalon tour this summer before Good Old War in its entirety takes the stage. It’s a little mind-boggling, everybody just playing within different variations of the same band, but I have hope that Found Wild will stray from the typical GOW sound into something more unique. Continue reading →

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The Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties saga continues at a packed Foundry gig

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Dan Campbell, Philadelphia’s pop punk poet laureate and singer of The Wonder Years, brought his solo project/character study Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties home to an extremely sold out Foundry Thursday night, capping off a tour in support of his latest entry into the Aaron West saga, Routine Maintenance (released this May on Hopeless Records).

Following two impressive sets by indie pop bands Diva Sweetly and Pronoun, Campbell, guitar in hand, walked onstage as Aaron West, his Long Island Llewyn Davis-type troubadour character who can’t seem to catch a break. Continue reading →

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Listen to Your Smith embrace inner strength on the uplifting new single “Wild Wild Woman”

Your Smith | photo by Erica Hernandez | courtesy of the artist

Inside all of us is a version of ourselves that is more outgoing, confident, and wild. On her latest track, Your Smith explores the powerful voice inside her. “Wild Wild Woman” is an upbeat and uplifting track that blends synth-heavy production with R&B rhythms. Across the whole song, Smith’s silky voice glides over the delicate production. Her smooth vocals serve as the perfect means to celebrate her inner wild woman, and the wild person inside us all. The glittering and anthemic single is perfect for pumping yourself and reminding yourself of all your strength. Continue reading →

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The Comet is Coming challenges genre convention and obliterates the old guard at The Foundry of The Fillmore Philly

The Comet is Coming | photo by Emily De Hart for WXPN | dehartvisuals.com

If there was any doubt that jazz was having a resurgence, the amazing volley of sounds emerging from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and in particular, London clubs and performance halls it is at least apparent that a new generation of players and practitioners are breathing life into jazz’s post Marsalian-husk. What the new avant garde is doing, however, goes beyond the needlessly controversial fusion or electric/plugged-in phases the genre grappled with in the mid-70’s and into the ’80’s, where the old guard and its adherents set out to polish and refine jazz, separating it from its evolution into an experimental, Black artform in favor of crafting pieces suitable for Carnegie Hall or the Lincoln Center.

Fast forward to the present day — March 20th in Philadelphia to be precise, where The Comet is Coming, playing to a typically mixed Philly crowd that arguably knows an impressive thing or two about where jazz is heading themselves, in a more intimate wing of the Fillmore. From the band’s opening note it was clear that any fear or reverence to any old guard was going to be obliterated. Continue reading →

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Natalie Prass covers Prefab Sprout’s “Wild Horses”

Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

Natalie Prass found herself in Philly so often in 2018, following the release her sophomore album The Future and The Past, that we were beginning to forget that she isn’t a local. Thankfully, the Richmond-based singer-songwriter will be back in town next Friday, January 18, for a show at the Fillmore supporting Kacey Musgraves. And ahead of the show, she has a new song for us to hear.

Prass has shared a new cover of “Wild Horses” by 80s Britpop band Prefab Sprout for Amazon Music; it’s available to stream and purchase exclusively at Amazon, but you can see a video of the song filmed live at Seattle venue Chop Suey below. Continue reading →