Are you a fan of rock that came out in the later half of the ‘90s that was made by the likes of Bush and Nine Inch Nails? The kind of music KROQ still plays in high rotation? If you answered yes to either one of those questions, then Wild Love’s self-titled is the record you need to check out now. There is a fair amount of that post-rock goodness as well as a wild, no pun intended, shocker in the mix.
What The Voice’s Melanie Martinez does for pop, Wild Love does with rock. Like an alternative take on lullabies, both create sounds that could be likened to a creepy nursery soundtrack. She does it with whole albums, they do it with their intro track, “Wonder.” Then they quickly come into their own as a true bleu rock band as “Lonely Road” is anything but, and more a great companion with energetic starts and post-rock vocals. Sounding a little like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with the line “silver and gold” in “Everyday Ache,” Wild Love really hit the KROQ mark with this one, but then all of a sudden “Daughter” blasts through. It’s quite the polar opposite of anything else found within the confines of this album. It’s this burst of punk rock meets modern rock that’s quite surprising, like the redheaded stepchild of the bunch.
There’s a reason why LA’s KROQ is “World Famous.” It’s because they always manage to be the leaders in what’s on the verge of being great in rock music, and everyone knows they can rely on them to be loyal to the rockers who made them who they are. That’s why, I have no doubt that they’d be on board to some Wild Love one day soon. It’s on par with the likes of Gavin Rossdale and Trent Reznor’s lighter work. Make sure to check out Wild Love, out now.