Wild Nothing at the Biltmore Cabaret

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Jack Tatum with Wild Nothing at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver, Sept 7, 2012. Robyn Gerry photo

Photos – Wild Nothing at the Biltmore Cabaret, Vancouver Sept 7 2012

– photos by Robyn Gerry

Wild Nothing played the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver last Friday night in support of its new album Nocturne.

The band was created by Jack Tatum, who previously played in bands Jack and the Whale and Facepaint in Blacksburg, VA. He began recording under the name Wild Nothing in the summer of 2009 and released the debut album Gemini in 2010. Tatum’s demos garnered attention around indie music circles with a cover of the Kate Bush song “Cloudbusting”.

According to Wikipedia, “Tatum signed with Captured Tracks record label after the success of these demos and began touring with bassist Jeff Haley, guitarist Nathan Goodman, and drummer Max Brooks. Michael Skattum now plays drums.”

“Summer Holiday”, the debut Wild Nothing single, was released in 2009, followed by “Cloudbusting”. Pitchfork ranked Gemini as the 49th best album of 2010. The band’s sound has been characterized as “dream-pop” and “shoegaze”. Nocturne has also received positive reviews. The new album comes in six different variant covers, sort of like a Wolverine comic book.

Reviews of early shows weren’t very enthusiastic – one writer wrote that the difference between Wild Nothing live and on record was “one per cent” – but that may have changed. Buzz following the Vancouver show was positive.

Wild Nothing plays the U.S. until the end of September before taking a month off. The tour resumes in late October in the UK and Europe.

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