Backing off the mic just a bit, Wild Light – a group of young New Englanders taking a bit of time off from their luck defying role as warm-up to the Arcade Fire – let it all go-"ooooh" in opener "Call Home". It's a less is more kind of moment...less because the voice doesn't journey through the amp but rather straight from the fleshy windpipes of those on stage, more because of the collective pulse it gives the already emotionally charged compositions. Better yet, it's a moment the band manage to creep into their gothy folk compositions throughout the entirety of this CMJ performance at the FADER Sideshow.
Watching Wild Light in the thick of their performance, its not a far stretch to see why one of the world's biggest rock band chose to invite the little known quartet along for their latest North American and European tours. Stripped of the violin, auxiliary instrumentation, and church blast pipe organ that lie at the aid of their new found Canadian friends, Wild Light go for broke with what they have…epic story lines, love sick, three-party vocal melodies, and piano pounding songcraft. It's a serious mix they sport. But most meaningful music is…just ask Arcade Fire. - David Pitz
Wild Light is an indie rock band which formed in 2005 in Quincy, Massachusetts, United States. The band consists of Seth Pitman (vocals, multiple instruments), Timothy Kile (vocals, multiple instruments), Jordan Alexander (guitar) and Seth Kaspar (drums). Kile was an early member of Arcade Fire, who were formed by Alexander's friend Win Butler.
Founded in High School, then - going separate ways for college - split up and, in the summer of 2005, reunited again in southern New Hampshire, Wild Light started their musical career in Boston by several club gigs.
In early 2007 they started recording in the basement of Timothy Kile, Seth Pitman, Jordan Alexander's single family house in Quincy with the help of Engineer Bob Logan. Resulting of which an EP has been published in September 2007.
Musically, Wild Light are probably most often compared to their friends Arcade Fire, but with an abundance of keys, reverb-drenched guitars and tambourine, their music actually has more in common with Mercury Rev's Deserter's Songs. The lyrics are bittersweet stories about the pain of learning through experience, sprinkled with enough cerebral turns of phrase to keep lyrical-minded listeners thoroughly engrossed.
Members: Seth Pitman - songwriting and multi-instrumentalist, Seth Kasper - drums, Timothy Kile - songwriting and multi-instrumentalist, Jordan Alexander - songwriting and guitarist - last fm