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L.A. Unheard: The Lonely Wild hits a 'Dead End'

June 2, 2011 | 10:05 am

The Lonely Wild

Editor's note: Every week, our colleagues at Brand X’s L.A. Unheard column unearth one of L.A.’s best undiscovered acts.

The band: The Lonely Wild, a Silver Lake five-piece.

The sound: On debut EP “Dead End,” the band rustles up guitar-pop that’s equal parts sweet harmonies and power-chord bombast, with the dreamy romance of “Out of My Mind” cuddling up to the cowboy chug of “Poor Fools.” It’s a well-executed sound that should be well familiar to fans of Okkervil River, not to mention local colleagues Milo Greene. Singer-songwriter Andrew Carroll leads the charge with a warbling not-quite-baritone that should only improve with age and copious whiskey consumption.

The details: The group wrapped up its May residency at the Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club on Tuesday, with its next show at the Bootleg Theater on Friday. “Dead End” was released in February.

The music: Download a track from the band over on Brand X.

-- David Greenwald

Photo: The Lonely Wild. Credit: Michelle Carroll