Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Josh Niles in Nashville, Tennessee
It's hard to know what we want, isn't it? It's just as hard to know what we need. Sometimes the two go hand-in-hand and other times they couldn't be more exclusive of each another. When we're young, we rarely see a difference and that's when everything hits the fan, when we're able to control very little and we think we're dying. It's when there's nothing but passion coming out of our ears, our mouths, our pores and our pants. There's nothing holding it or us back from over-wanting and over-needing, for asking and then begging for it all, willing to ransom reason and logic sometimes for some fleeting embers.
Wild Cub, the Nashville band fronted by Keegan DeWitt and featuring guitarist Jeremy Bullock, has dug into the theme of youth, with a debut album of the same name, sinking its teeth into those thoughts of hopeless desire - wishes that can never be fulfilled - and of unprecedented love, for their age and their lot. It's a record that is spectacular at capturing the feeling of being completely on fire and nowhere near a lake. It captures that burden of youth, that sense that this is everything and nothing, that this is going to hurt and be exhilarating and we're never going to be able to tell which is which.
The Daytrotter Dream Interview, where Keegan DeWitt both asks and answers his own questions:
1. Pick two poems (or excerpts) that most influenced you:
From "When first we faced and touching showed" by Philip Larkin
"When first we faced, and touching showed
How well we knew the early moves,
Behind the moonlight and the frost,
The excitement and the gratitude,
There stood how much our meeting owed
To other meetings, other loves."
From "Sad Steps" by Philip Larkin
"One shivers slightly, looking up there.
The hardness and the brightness and the plain
Far-reaching singleness of that wide stare
Is a reminder of the strength and pain
Of being young; that it can't come again,
But is for others undiminished somewhere."
2. Pick two moments in cinema that most influenced you:
The ending of Michelangelo Antonioni's "L'Notte"
Learning How to Slow Dance to Try A Little Tenderness from Claire Denis' "US GO HOME".
(The above links will take you to YouTube.)
3. Pick two pieces of music, entirely unlike Wild Cub, that most informed "Youth":
Postcards From The Sky: I. Unfolding Sky by Marzan Mozetich
Debbie by Michael Nyman
Keegan DeWitt Debut Daytrotter Session
Keegan DeWitt Second Daytrotter Session
Keegan DeWitt Third Daytrotter Session
Wild Cub Official Site