Introducing Once Were Wild

I’d like to introduce you all to the music of Once Were Wild who are a 5 piece band from Melbourne Australia. Founded in 2013, this band is made up of Alana Porter (vocals), Georgia Fell (guitar), John McKernan (bass), Renee Morgan (drums) and Andrew Whittle (keys/synth). Together they create what they describe as a  ‘dream-like indie rock, combined with captivating melodies and progressive riffs’.

Not long after getting together they released their debut single ‘Reverie’ which was received with great reviews. They did not let go of this momentum and released their next song called ‘Wanderlust’. Due to the success of these songs they began recording their debut EP ‘Dreamfield’. To help make this happen they called upon the help of their fans as the launched a fan funded project for their debut EP. Only 3 days into the project they hit target and ‘Dreamfield’ EP was a go!

I had the opportunity to catch up with Alana from the band and ask her a few questions. We talked about the band, their influences and more. This is what she had to say:

How did Once Were Wild come together and is there a story behind the name?

Once Were Wild started out as 3 friends who were already playing music together and wanting to start a fresh new indie rock project! A couple of months later we became a 5 piece after asking a couple of our talented friends to join the line up and start writing with us.

Andrew (keys) and Alana (vox) actually went to high school together and after finishing school began playing together while Alana was releasing music under her own name. After a couple of years gigging they decided to start something totally new and discovered that they shared some very similar indie rock/alternative influences and wanted to see how far they could take the music by getting a few more like minded people involved!

The band name actually came about in very early days, before the line-up was complete. Trying to narrow down a name that is both relevant and has everyone in agreement is a complex process (we’re sure many muso’s can relate to this!)

We all had a good feeling about the name and found it to be significant, as during that time we were all moving from our teens into our 20’s and felt that in a way the name resembled us on our new journey in following more of a mature direction with our sound than from previous music projects throughout our youth.

How would you describe your sound and which musicians have influenced your music?

We describe Once Were Wild’s sound as dream rock. Indie rock with an ambient/atmospheric blend. Our debut EP ‘Dreamfield’ is full of layered guitars, firm bass lines, punchy drums and uplifting piano. Our music is melodic with expressive vocals and progressive elements.

Other musicians who have influenced us include Sydney band The Jezabels, who we’ve all been influenced by from the get go. Other bands include UK trio Daughter, as well as Death Cab for Cutie and Florence + the Machine.

Your EP is filled with so many good songs, which is your favourite and why?

Hmmm.. That’s a tough one! We had such an awesome experience writing & recording all of the tracks on Dreamfield, but if we had to pick one it would probably be Wanderlust. Being the song which grew the most in the studio, we spent a fair bit of time working on it with Fraser Montgomery and he helped us to build the song into what it is now, which really opened our eyes a lot and challenged us as a band.

We were thrilled with the final result, and the progression of the song was clearly evident following our time recording, so we decided that Wanderlust would be the most suitable song to open the EP and release with a film clip! Our close friend Amy created the clip for us using footage she’d captured during our studio experience, which we thought worked really well!

If you were headlining a world tour, which 2 musicians/bands would you choose as YOUR support?

We’d absolutely love to play alongside The Jezabels, who as previously mentioned are a band that we all really admire and they put on a wicked live show! Another band that we’d really love to go on a tour with would be Art of Sleeping, they have an amazing sound and are so tight live!

What are your future plans and goals for your music?

Following the release of Dreamfield earlier this year, we played quite a few shows around Melbourne, and over the past couple of months we’ve been focusing on writing new material, which has been really sweet so far and songwriting is an aspect we’ve been really missing!

We’ve recently introduced John McKernan into Once Were Wild, joining us on bass. So we’ve started writing with John and although our new songs are still in the early stages, we’re pretty stoked so far with the direction they’re heading!

For the rest of 2015 we’ll be working on our next release as well as playing some shows, with the aim to get back into the studio over the summer and release a new single as soon as we possibly can!.. We’re really hoping for a tour next year, even if it’s just a small one, we’re super keen to get out and share our music in some fresh places!

When I first listened to ‘Dreamfield’ EP by Once Were Wild I wasn’t sure if this was for me as it’s sound was a little different to what I was used to. However, there was something about Alana’s vocals that made me give the EP another try. I’m so glad I did as something clicked on my second listen that made me appreciate what I was hearing. I guess this is a credit to what they have created if they can can attract new fans like myself.

This EP is all about the combination of this dream like indie sound and Alana’s vocal talent helps lift their music above the crowd of today’s music. The more I listen to the music that the band create the more I discover about the various layers of sound with each song. The way each member delivers their own sound which interweaves with the others to help provide the necessary atmosphere for each song. There is times that this sound is so subtle but when you listen closer it is very clever in the way this music is delivered as it also let’s Alana’s voice to do her thing. Talking about the vocals, as I mentioned earlier this is the reason why Once Were Wild won me over. Alana’s vocal abilities ticks all the right boxes for me as she has power, control and a great range which is delivered with a tone that is irresistible. I can definitely understand why her voice is turning a lot of people’s heads and helping the music of Once Were Wild stand out.

With only 4 songs on offer ‘Dreamfield’ EP I was left wanting more which I guess is a good thing. With stand out songs like ‘Shame’ and my favourite ‘Wanderlust’ you can see that Once Were Wild know how to write great sounding and catchy songs. I highly recommend that you check out this EP (click HERE) out for yourself to fully grasp their impressive sound. If you like what you hear then head over to the usual online music stores like Amazon and iTunes to purchase a copy.

I am glad to hear that Once Were Wild are wanting to push their music to the next level as they have a sound that needs to heard. To find out how they progress on their journey head over to their website at OnceWereWild.com or alternatively check out their social media sites at Facebook and Twitter. These are great places to find out about future gigs as well as new releases.

Don’t forget that independent music needs the help of it’s fans to continue. So go and support the music that matters to you today. Hopefully this will now include the music by Once Were Wild, if so, then tell the world about them today!