By Joe Watson
August 1, 2013
Sometimes, success comes easy. Other times, you have to grab life by the collar and make it happen. For San Antonio’s Wild Party, both could not be truer. The quartet released their first official EP, All Nighter in May 2013 and although this is their first “official” release, early indicators of success have already shown off Wild Party’s huge commercial potential. We caught up with vocalist Lincoln Kreifels who chatted about drawing inspiration, supporting The Wombats and coughing up blood.
Q) Plain and simple to get things rolling, can you tell us a little about yourselves to familiarise the unknowing readers out there?
A) I’m Lincoln, I’m 23, and I’m from Hillbillyville, Texas along with 2 of the other 3 members. We like hunting, fishing, and football. Ethan, the bad egg is from Cityboyville, Texas. He likes sunglasses and the stock market.
Q) Congratulations on the release of your debut All Nighter EP! I have to say it’s pretty impressive. Tell us a little bit about it.
A) We like it a lot. The EP consists of our 4 favourites from the full length that we took down to stay low key for a bit. We wrote and recorded each song at a different time over the course of a couple years. I think it shows off some of our diversity and growth if you knew the chronology.
Q) How do you describe your music to those who don’t know?
A) We call it indie pop usually. We have always had a broad appreciation for all types of music and we’re like minded in our appreciation but very different in what we appreciate most. I think that plays a big part in our song writing because we’re not too concerned with creating a specific sound but rather just writing good songs and making those songs wild party.
Q) What would you say is your goal ultimately when churning out these tracks and sharing them with the public?
A) For me, I just wanna give people that one light headed -floating type, goose bumpy feeling. Seriously though, I want to write songs that really move people emotionally, preferably positive emotions.
Q) What sort of influences drives you to make these sorts of tunes?
A) I would have to say life in general but more specifically for me it’s the people that I love and the music I can’t get out of my head that influences me the most. I think it will always be this way. Our songs are definitely our way of expressing how we feel through music and any sort of influence we have that changes the way we feel will affect the way we write in that moment. So since we like writing happy songs, the process of writing those usually works if we let our happy feelings and good vibes in life carry through naturally into the music. As Wild Party, we just want to be great, and that’s what drives us most.
Q) You came across to the UK to support The Wombats at a fairly young age. What was that experience like for you?
A) It was incredible. Our first show was in Leeds and it happened to be our third show of all time, As we played I remember feeling nervous as I looked out into the large room full of curious yet not so enthusiastic eyes. Our set was then cut short but I did sign a few autographs afterwards so that made me feel like it was a successful first show in the UK. The rest of the run was uphill. We drank lots of beer day and night, I coughed up blood on multiple occasions, we watched Clint Eastwood films on the bus, and most importantly, we wrote ‘When I Get Older’ in a hotel in Brighton.
Q) Are you coming back to the UK?
A) Well I want to and therefore have very little doubt that we won’t. However I’m an honest man and cannot give a definite yes as the tour has not been booked yet and I cannot assure you that I won’t come down with something like throat cancer or ED.
Q) Has the mad response that you have generated in such a short time taken you by surprise, or did you have the feeling you were on to something special as a band early on?
A) We definitely thought we were onto something big from the beginning, but that was a long time ago. I dropped out of college in December of 2008 to move back home to pursue Wild Party. We were always confident in our music but I think that since it had been so long without much happening for us that the amount of reaction we received once we released the album definitely took us by surprise. We were especially surprised by the fact that we hit the top 100 pop album charts on iTunes for the first few days that the album was out.
Q) Although the EP was only released a couple of months ago, are you still cooking up new things in the studio or is it rehearsal time as you take it on the road?
A) We’re definitely writing, recording, rehearsing, and making videos right now. We’re also getting some of the business of Wild Party finalised. We’re actually not going to be releasing this EP digitally. It is only available to buy as a physical autographed cd from our web store at wildparty.bigcartel.com. We did this because we intend on revamping those four songs for a proper full length with a label release. We want to give people something to listen to or collect during this brief down time but we also don’t want to spoil those tracks before their official release. We’ll be heading out to California very soon to revamp some old tracks and lay down some new ones that were really excited about.
Q) Have you had to overcome any setbacks to get where you are just now?
A) We have. We’ve had line-up changes, a drummer that went to rehab never to be heard from again, a manager that we loved but had to part ways with, and numerous accounts of bankruptcy while attempting to tour. We even served a period after terminating a contract with a partner where we couldn’t do anything for 6 months. We also had a lot of other business and release delays of that nature that resolved once we were free to begin doing things entirely ourselves in 2013. These things have made us work harder, become a better band, and probably become better people too so it all feels like a resurgence this year and we’re really excited about what’s to come very soon.
Thanks for taking the time to speak to us and good luck for the future.
Thank you Joe!