The Wilde - Young Libertine (EP Review)

Yorkshire four-piece, The Wilde, are gearing up towards the release of their debut EP, Young Libertine, on November 17th. Having already supported the likes of Blitz Kids, Lonely The Brave,The Dangerous Summer, and having picked up airtime on Alex Baker’s Kerrang! Radio Unsigned show, The Wilde are already making an impression in the indie rock scene.

The Wilde’s sound harks back to the bands of a decade ago; with a clear, crisp and upbeat nature that is all about the music, rather than mumbling seductively into a microphone. Think of a mix between Funeral for a Friend and Panic at the Disco when they were still good. But they’re not dated; they’re just bringing the indie rock scene back to one of its heydays.

A little bit pop, and a little bit punk, the EP opens with Until Next Time it’s a One Time Thing, the lead single from the EP. In my opinion, it’s not the best they’ve got on offer, but it’s so nicely balanced it proves that these guys know what they’re doing. If anything, it’s a little too smooth, too polished. Call me a cynic, but I like my rock just a little rough around the edges.

We continue onto Bad Bones, a purist indie rock anthem as it should be – easy to dance to, easy to sing along with. It’s got bounce, it’s got edge, and it’s got just the tiniest hint of electronica thrown in for good measure. Whose Skin are You Living In? continues in the same vein, but with a little more punch.

Youth in Bloom is clear and honest; The Wilde are exactly what they are without having to dress it up, or conceal it under fancy guitar riffs or special effects. They’re fish and chips on a bench with your mates; they’re your favourite comfy trainers; they’re pulling on jeans and a t-shirt. They’re simple, no-nonsense and easy-going.

The EP closes with title track Young Libertine which is a bit more punk than its predecessors, but still a boy you could bring home to meet your parents. I think the filling in this EP sandwhich is better than the bread, and perhaps my only criticism would be that the tracks are just a little bit samey-samey, but I have no doubt that, with a little luck and a lot of hard work, this could be the band to bring indie rock back to its roots.

Maybe it’s because The Wilde remind me of a time when I was younger, but I could happily listen to this over and over. This is a group to watch, and I’m excited to see what they’ll do with a full-length release.