There are boring parties and fun parties. And then there’s Wild Party, an up and coming indie band from San Antonio, TX. Founded in 2011, Lincoln Kreifels, Lucas Hughes, Ethan Kaufmann, and Cary LaScala know how to bring out the best in people with their upbeat, energetic music that leaves you feeling good. Their debut album, “Phantom Pop,” comes out next week and guys are gearing up to get wild with fans live. The charismatic frontman Kreifels took time to talk band history, the new album, and why the best parties always involve Jenga.
How did the band get started?
Lincoln Kreifels: It started off with just two of us. Lucas and I loved music and shared it with each other, but we didn’t start writing music or taking it seriously until after high school. The first song that we wrote was in 2008 and we kept on recording demos after that and that’s how we met the rest of the band. We recorded an entire album before playing our first show. We took a couple years to work on our music and recording.
Who are some of your influences?
LK: The greats: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones. I’m a big Talking Heads fan. As far as music today, we’re influenced a lot by bands like Phoenix and The Strokes and Vampire Weekend. We really like all sorts of music. The only music we don’t get into much is pop country; not so into that.
What can you tell me about the new album “Phantom Pop?”
LK: We’ve been working on the songs for about five years, so we’re really excited to put that out there. It’s a good time; it’s a wild party.
Speaking of Wild Party, what’s the story behind the name? Does it describe the type of parties you guys throw?
LK: We just like to hang out with old people and like to play shuffleboard, go fish, Uno’s pretty fun. Jenga’s a party for sure, maybe a little water pong every now and then. But honestly, it’s kind of ironic because we’re not the craziest guys in the world. We think our music is diverse and that’s kind of where ‘Wild Party’ spawns from. We like to keep the reputation of wild party live; we go pretty crazy. We also get linked with the club scene a lot. People expect us to play club music, which is not the case. We’re trying to redefine the term “wild party” a bit as well.
The single “When I Get Older” has been well received ever since its release. How do you feel knowing it’s doing so well?
LK: It’s an amazing feeling for sure. That’s my favorite song on the record. It’s a good vibe, has uplifting lyrics, and it’s a great feeling seeing people react to it. It’s indescribable when you write a song and it connects with someone emotionally.
Where did the idea for the song come from?
LK: That was a song Lucas and I were working on for a long time. We had a couple of ideas for it, but not an entire song. Eventually, we connected two different ideas and thought it was perfect. When we were in Brighton, England, Lucas was playing the riff and we thought it was awesome, it was perfect. It just syncopated really well. It has an unexpected change in the music that I really love. What I like about writing in that style is you get something you wouldn’t expect to and it somehow works.
The video for the single is adorable and hilarious. How did that come up?
LK: We got video treatments sent in and the guy that directed [Tim Hendrix] had the general idea and we simplified it a bit; he made it a bit more complicated. It was the perfect idea for the song; it captures the concept behind it very well. And we were able to put in kids; everybody likes cute kids.
You’re on the road in support of the upcoming album. What can we expect from Wild Party live?
LK: You can expect the party for sure! A lot of dancing, a lot of screaming, a lot of hands in the air, a lot of clapping, a lot of smiling, a lot of drinking. You got songs with bass, you got songs with big drums, you got songs with guitar, and you got songs with big synth. We try to live up to the name live.
Wild Party is currently on tour and stops by Chicago October 1 at Subterranean. Tickets are on sale now. The band’s new album, “Phantom Pop,” is set for an October 7 date. Pre-order bundles are available now. To watch the video for “When I get Older,” visit their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Wild Party 2014 Tour Dates:
9/27/14 Dallas, TX @ INDEX Festival
10/1/14 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
10/3/14 Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre**
10/6/14 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
10/8/14 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
10/9/14 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
10/11/14 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
10/14/14 Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard *
10/15/14 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
10/16/14 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr *
10/19/14 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom *
* supporting Bear Hands
**Supporting Fitz and The Tantrums