Wild Ones release ‘Keep It Safe’ Apr.1 on Topshelf Records, tour dates and Free Download

By on February 20, 2014
Wild Ones

Photo Credit: Savannah Mark


It seems as though Keep It Safe, the debut album from Portland, Oregon’s dreamy electro-pop band Wild Ones keeps getting a new lease on life.  It’s only appropriate, given the record’s make-or-break origin story.  On the verge of collapse in 2012, facing a barrage of health issues that ranged from a blown-out eardrum to a punctured lung, the band made the decision to funnel all their resources into the creation of Keep It Safe.  A risky choice given the tenuous health of many of the band’s members at that point in time, but one that has proven again and again to have paid off in spades.


After an initial release on Party Damage Records, Topshelf Records has announced that they will release Keep It Safe on April 1, 2014.  To celebrate the news of the  Topshelf release, Wild Ones are currently offering a free download of the track “Paia” off Keep It Safe via Soundcloud.



Recorded and mixed by the band themselves (with help from engineer David Pollock) who operate as a DIY collective, Keep It Safe is bigger than the sum of its meticulously gathered parts. All the members’ experiences inform pop music that is influenced by everything from German techno to American R&B. These are sounds that don’t usually come packaged together, but in the able hands of Wild Ones, they seem a perfectly natural fit, and critics agree.


SPIN said “The melodic grace of singer Danielle Sullivan is undeniable, while the band’s mix of buoyant synth-pop and familiar indie-rock keeps things moving ever forward.”  Time Magazine hailed Wild Ones as a Band to Watch in 2014, saying of the album”Keep It Safe is filled with impeccable arrangements and a mature pop sensibility that hits you from the first note. The songs are anchored by Danielle Sullivan’s distinct voice, which brings to mind both The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan and Harriet Wheeler from The Sundays. Her mesmerizing vocal melodies work well with the inventive synthesizer compositions of Thomas Himes — fused with supple guitar and bass work you get a grandiose and melancholy pop sound that is both novel and retro, innovative and comfortable. ”


Wild Ones will embark on a spring tour in March, combining headlining dates alongside a supporting spot with Typhoon (all tour dates below).  Wild Ones singer Danielle Sullivan recently teamed up with Typhoon’s Kyle Morton to record and release a cover of John Pryne’s “In Spite of Ourselves”, which was featured on Paste.


Watch the cover of “In Spite of Ourselves”


01) Golden Twin

02) Curse Over Me

03) Rivals

04) 18 Mile Island

05) It’s Real

06) Row

07) Nina

08) From Nothing

09) Lion Heart

10) Paia

11) Keep It Safe


Tour Dates:

03/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ VIVA PHX

03/08 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace^

03/09 – Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf^

03/10 – San Antonio, TX @ Korova^

03/12 – SXSW

03/13 – SXSW

03/14 – SXSW

03/15 – SXSW

03/18 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle%

03/19 – Washington, DC @ 930 Club%

03/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

03/21 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground%

03/22 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair%

03/23 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair%

03/24 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall%

03/25 – Hamden, CT @ Spaceland Ballroom%

03/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle

03/27 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall%

03/29 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom%

03/30 – Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub

03/31 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s%

04/02 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall%

04/03 – Chicago, IL @ Metro%

04/04 – Champaign, IL @ Mike N Molly’s

04/05 – Madison, WI @ UW Madison%

04/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

04/07 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose%

04/08 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room%

04/10 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird%

04/11 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge%

04/12 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory%

^ = w/ In The Valley Below

% = w/ Typhoon






Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.