Since they first came on the radar early last year with a couple of cinematic singles, L.A. quintet Wildling has built on what they call their “big room indie rock.” Fiercer guitars, more bottom, bigger choruses and, especially, a heightened sense of gravitas â€” they’re all part of the made-for-rock-radio formula employed on the anthemic “Hummingbird,” part of a new EP Wildling has in the works. Less pat in its approach is “Like You Do,” a song that was written for TV and features Grace Kelly on vocals. It’s not the first dance for core duo Ryan Levine and Andrew Ampaya, who were part of the L.A. rock band Test Your Reflex (which then became known as No Country), notable for their stadium-sounding 2007 album “The Burning Hour.” Now, joined by bandmates Justine Levin, Eric Janson and Casey Brothers, they are again plying a sound made for bigger rooms.
||| Stream: “Like You Do” and “Hummingbird”
||| Live: Wildling continues its residency Monday night at the Satellite, supported by Conway, My Double, My Brother and Sharkitecture.
Photo by Monroe Alvarez