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.
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Lancaster-bred folk traditionalists The Stray Birds closed the book on their eight-year career last year after the release of their album Let It Pass, but singer and songwriter Maya de Vitry is already looking ahead to her next chapter. Continue reading →
Sometime in the previous decade, Philadelphia’s underground LGBT / queer community stepped out of the pit and onto the dancefloor, oftentimes transforming those same basements and living rooms that nurtured punk rock and other alternative bands into clubs. Powered amps were lugged, turntables were plugged in, and mics were checked. Out of this explosion of banging beats, and with the influence of Philly’s groundbreaking vogue/ballroom scene, the eponymous “queer dance party” was born. Venues like Elena’s Soul and the Treehouse were West Philly staples, where DJ’s like Seltzer’s DJ Precolumbian carved out a musical identity for themselves despite the odds volleyed at marginalized people.
Seltzer is that new, new though; a roving party building on the legacy of queer involvement in house, techno, hip hop and dance music, injected with the raw, nervous energy of downtown ’80’s New York. As such, it’s more than a movement and difficult to pin down to one specific sound. Certainly, there is the ever-present vogue battle beats or the syncopated rhythm and bash of Philly / Jersey club blasting out of speakers. But its playlist is also informed by world music, EDM, and experimental music– like a Soundcloud autoplaying from a queer, utopian Cybertron. With this eclectic, yet culturally refined soundtrack, DJ Precolumbian, along with Bearcat and the whole Seltzer squad, are all set to push boundaries, move bodies, and foster community all at once. With their one-year anniversary party happening this weekend, we sat down with Precolumbian and got the entire dish on Seltzer and what these parties mean for the future of queer dance sounds in Philly and beyond. Continue reading →
It’s not easy to write an introduction for Gene Wildest. The Philadelphia rockers can channel the whole of guitar-rock history in the span of a song, mixing genres as freely as spices. On their new LP, Spectral Terrestrial, GW draw from doom metal, space rock, shoegaze, math rock, and more to sustain an absorbing spaced-out atmosphere. Continue reading →