First/Last-Wild Child

October 17, 2013

“Wild Child’s founding members Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins first met in 2009 while touring with a Danish act called The Migrant. Both call Texas home: Wilson, a classically-trained violinist who wrote her first songs under the wing of legendary country music outlaw Ray Wiley Hubbard, hails from the fabled bluegrass circles of Wimberly; and Beggins, a ukulele player from Houston, was finishing up at The University of Texas while on the that tour. The way Wilson tells it, “We mainly got to know each other through what we called ‘backseat business school’: we just got our hands on a whole bunch of red wine and hit the books.” But when the two put the books aside and wrote their first song, the chemistry was undeniable. The infectious hooks and fully-realized sound have so far earned the group national exposure, including a feature segment on Last Call with Carson Daly filmed during this year’s SXSW. That same week, Wild Child was named BEST INDIE ACT and BEST FOLK ACT at the annual Austin Music Awards. The songs Beggins and Wilson are writing are still red wine—still bittersweet—but this is a band that can tolerate, and celebrate, the tannins.”

Check out the Austin band at their official Website, Facebook, BandCamp, Twitter and SoundCloud. Their sweet sophomore album, “The Runaround” was recently released via The Noise Company and they hit Pittsburgh this Saturday night at The Thunderbird Cafe. I want to thank Alexander Beggins (Ukulele/Vocals) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Blink 182 “Enemy of The State”.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Man Man “On Oni Pond”.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Iron and Wine “Endless Numbered Days” / The Strokes “Is This It”.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Former name “The Morning Benders” now they are called “Pop Etc.” I was a HUGE fan of their music but their newest album “Live it Up” was a big bummer for me. (I hope they never see this…)
  • First concert attended?
  • Green Day, baby.
  • Last concert?
  • Grimes (SO GOOD).
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • The Unicorns last concert ever. It was magic and mayhem.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • No comment.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • I played a lot of NHL video games growing up and for whatever reason I was always the Penguins. I’ve loved Pittsburgh ever since.
  • Thanks, Alexander. Yeah, that whole Morning Benders thing is strange, to say the least. Change your name, fine but they kinda changed their entire SOUND in the process!?!