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Wild Year




Early in 2015 in Los Angeles, Will Volkmann decided to pick the guitar back up and write songs again. With a vision for merging a sound that blended indie-rock with synth-pop, he then began recruiting others to fill out his plans for a five-piece indie electro-pop band that would become Wild Year. With the addition of singer Cole Morrall, he had found a singer that was experienced in music and theater since childhood - and with a voice that is capable of great sensitivity and explosive power. They also shared a need to cope with recent personal loss and pain and together found the band to be a shared catharsis to express and heal. Later that year the pair rounded out the band adding contributing and live performance members Asher Young on keys, Hunter Gurney on guitar, and Ajay Awasthi on drums.


By 2016 the band had developed their focus and musicianship to record and release their first album "Creatures". The album established Wild Year's reflective and up-tempo synth-pop sound laced with shimmering guitars, keys, and Cole's smooth and soaring vocals. Following the release the band extensively performed and toured the west coast, building their fan base and becoming known for their high-energy performances.


At the end of the "Creatures" period, the band regrouped with Volkmann to collaborate and begin developing and recording new material that would lead to the release of a series interlocking singles. The first single "Columbian Necktie" further matured the band's sound followed by "Twitching + Teasing", "The Economics of Emotional Labor", and "Meanwhile... (Little Spark)".


The fifth single, which is actually written as a two-song EP, "Confessions of a Temperamental Rationalist" will be released on Wild Year's new label, Diversion Records, this fall. In addition, the past four singles from this series will be reissued on Diversion Records, some with new B-Side tracks. A full-length album that collects these singles plus new tracks is scheduled for release in early 2019.




Cole Morrall - Vocals

Will Volkmann - Bass

Hunter Gurney - Guitar

Asher Young - Keys

Ajay Awasthi - Drums











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I Love You Dreamweaver... StopHauntingMe




Confessions of a Tempermental Rationalist




The Economics of Emotional Labor





Twitching + Teasing








Meanwhile... (Little Spark)







“Soaring vocals, shimmering guitars, and brisk percussion makes for... enticing wistful, nostalgic synth-pop" - Obscure Sound


"Playfully sparkling from beginning to end, the track’s shine hails from their new-wave roots that gently softens the origin of not giving up on what you want out life and the love and loss that comes from the dream." - Girl Underground


"A propulsive jam about the cost of caring and might just help you do better in this dimension." - Buzz Bands LA


"Dreamy guitar chords, entrancing synths, and reflective vocals combine for an atmosphere dripping in melancholic nostalgia." - Happy Pairing