The Wild Now is the Austin, TX based duo of Taylor Baker and Drew Walker. The two met in 2013 at a Local Natives show at the city’s annual SXSW Music Festival. Following that fateful day in March, the two began writing and recording songs under the moniker Taylor & The Wild Now. Success came sooner rather than later, as the two won American Songwriter’s Sole Performer award in 2014 and subsequently took off on national tour.
In 2016, the duo shortened their name to The Wild Now and partnered with Austin, TX producer David Beck to release the Tides EP. Combining Taylor’s dreamy, yet powerful vocals with Drew’s intricate guitar work, the duo solidified their breezy indie pop sound. Influencers such as Local Natives, Chet Faker, and Glass Animals shine through on all of the tracks. Key songs from Tides include “Salt” and “Gold Dust” which found homes on a variety of Spotify playlists and have accrued over two million combined streams to date.
The band is poised to release their second EP, Afterglow, on May 19, 2017. They again teamed up with David Beck on four tracks and had Austin’s latest breakout, Max Frost, produce the title track from the EP. All songs were mixed by Matty Green (Wild Belle, Yeasayer, TV on the Radio). Driving synths and jungle disco-esque guitar work build on the band’s previous dreamy, island indie pop to create a diverse collection of songs that one can listen to on the beach or at a rave. These tracks will be showcased where it all began at SXSW 2017. The Wild Now has come full circle and is ready to be Austin, TX’s latest success story.
The Wild Now SXSW Schedule
March 14 – Locals Appreciation Party presented by Noisy Ghost PR – Hard Luck Lounge – 3:10pm
March 15 – KLBJ Showcase – Shady Grove – 3:00pm
March 16 – Wreckroom Showcase – Arlyn Studios – 2:00pm
March 16 – Loophole Management Showcase – The Continental Club (Official) – 9:00pm
March 17 – Noisy Ghost PR / Graveface Records Showcase – Kitty Cohen’s – 2:45pm
March 18 – Google Fiber/SoFar Sounds Showcase – Google Fiber Office Downtown