If you go
What: The Wild After EP release show
When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St., Denver
More info: larimerlounge.com
You might recognize frontman Randy Kent and guitarist Ryan Buller from their old band, Denver mainstays The Heyday. With the addition of Jesse Spencer on drums and Chris Beeble on bass, The Wild After is moving in a different direction. (Beeble now is being replaced by Churchill's Tyler Rima, as Beeble focuses on production work.)
At the root of the songs, you can hear influences of Kent's, particularly Ryan Adams. The band takes that kind of songwriting and builds it into something bigger and more complex.
You can hear it on the band's Facebook page, or better yet, hear it live at the Larimer Lounge. We talked to Kent ahead of the show about the circumstances shaping his new band and where they'll go from here.
When exactly did you and Ryan branch off into The Wild After?
I would say, I believe, the spring of 2012. The other two members of The Heyday basically started moving on. We took a break and kept writing, not really clear if our intention was to keep going with The Heyday or move on. As it started to develop, we realized it probably made more sense to do something new. We started playing more regularly with Chris Beeble and Jesse Spencer, and everyone agreed we should keep going with it, so here we are.
What was it you wanted to do different with this band? Did you even know?
There were definitely some things we wanted to do differently. It wasn't really one specific thing musically, it was just the idea of us being able to explore a little more, musically. I think having done a couple releases with The Heyday, even if we couldn't admit it consciously, if we wanted to release with The Heyday, we'd be tied down to what people expect to hear. It was liberating to be able to write whatever we want to write. We were able to experiment much more. Generally, all the bands I've been the frontman in, I've had a big hand in the arrangement. With this I let the guys really go at it ... I think it's for the better, to be able to have that chemistry with those guys.
It's kind of crazy that you had big tours with Matchbox Twenty and The Goo Goo Dolls so early on.
We were actually playing as the backing band with someone named Matt Hires. Someone who was managing Matt was familiar with The Heyday and he reached out to me. I explained to him that I have this new group of guys and I think it'd be a hit ... We're doing another tour this spring opening for him, and then backing him again on his headline tour. It was a really fun way to be able to solidify our musical chemistry even though we were playing someone else's music. It allowed us to learn each others playing styles and get comfortable.
Did that change anything for you, musically?
I think everyone who has any aspirations to tour, part of it is having that intrinsic value of being able to travel and see new places, and being able to play shows every night. ...Not that it isn't a goal, but it allowed us to come back and focus on the music we want to make without wanting to achieve touring right away as a band, because I guess that intrinsic value was satisfied. We kind of hunkered down when we got home and buried our heads in the recording process. That was really our main focus. It's not necessarily a top priority to be road warriors right now. After that, we just want to focus on the recording and make the best music we can.
Is there an LP in the works yet?
It's kind of funny how long this EP has taken. We started recording in February of '13 and we're just releasing it now. We have a good backlog of songs we want to get recorded right away. Hopefully we'll have something out by the end of the year, whether it's an EP or LP.
Contact Ashley Dean at 303-473-1109. On Twitter: @AshaleyJill.