Monday, July 29
Indie rock has seen some dramatic changes in the last decade. Where once an indie rock record would typically be representative of the work of a group of musicians composing music together, now the trend seems to be lone “bedroom producers,” like Porcelain Rafts, Beach Fossils, and Craft Spell, creating music only to adapt it to a live band setting. The trend has seen mixed results, but Jack Tatum of Wild Nothingproves that this method can work seamlessly. Though Tatum writes and records his music alone, it takes a team of talented musicians including keyboardist Kevin Knight, drummer Jeremiah Johnson, bassist Jeff Haley, and guitarist Nathan Goodman, to pull off Wild Nothing’s layered, dream pop sound in a live setting. In 2009, Tatum, a native of Blacksburg, Virginia began recording under his Wild Nothing alias. The result was 2010’s Gemini, a spacious, moony indie rock record full of reverberated vocals and slow moving melodies. It made many year-end best-of lists, prompting the shoegazing musician to move into the studio to createGemini’s follow-up, 2012’s Nocturne. Relying on clever songwriting, the studio production only served to further enrich Wild Nothing’s already glossy, full-bodied sound. Wild Nothing comes to the Tralf Music Hall on Monday (July 29) with Buffalo’sLesionread and Marine Biologist.
– cory perla
7pm The Tralf Music Hall, 622 Main St. (852-2860 / tralfmusichall.com) $13 advance, $15 day of show
Below: “A Dancing Shell” from Wild Nothing’s 2013 EP Empty Estate