Sounds Like: The earnest all-together-now choruses of Arcade Fire interwoven with guitars that carry all of New Order's wistful lilt (with none of their atmospheric foreboding).
For Fans Of: Passion Pit, Yeasayer, Wild Nothing, the misremembered Eighties
Why You Should Pay Attention: Buzz sometimes takes a while to build. In 2012 this Nashville quintet formed around the nucleus of Keegan Dewitt, a singer-guitarist with a background scoring indie films, and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock. The band self-released its debut LP, Youth, more than a year ago, gathering more listeners last summer, when Bose chose the single "Thunder Clatter" to soundtrack a stylishly upbeat commercial. A 2014 reissue (with added tracks) from tastemaking NYC indie label Mom + Pop landed Wild Cub on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Conan, increasingly larger crowds and increasingly bigger clubs.
They Say: "The current [Nasvhville] music scene is one of the strangely positive results of the music business struggling so mightily," according to Dewitt. "For so long, Nashville was a town almost entirely centered around the industry of songwriting. The struggles in recent years helped make that a much leaner and thinner component of the musical scene and allowed room for a lot of different types of music and bands to flicker into life… You've got the garage scene with Diarrhea Planet and Jeff the Brotherhood, singer-songwriters like Caitlin Rose and Tristen, and of course the big acts like the Black Keys and Jack White. Nashville feels the richest now because there are so many different creative people doing different things."
Hear for Yourself: "Thunder Clatter" is uplifting and tropically rippling. By Keith Harris