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- Posted on Oct 20th 2010 3:00PM by Mike Ayers
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But what's the fuss about? For their first of many CMJ shows, Wild Nothing served as the opener for Jenny and Johnny at Irving Plaza on Tuesday. They're certainly steeped in classic college radio bands like the Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen and the Joy Division/New Order/Smiths camp, and Tatum sounds more British than from the southwestern part of Virginia.
Songs like 'Summer Holiday' and 'Live in Dreams' benefit from Tatum's vocal's. He broods like a young Morrissey, with a washed-over mic effect that helps give off an ethereal, floating quality. It's not to say that recent acts haven't poached from these reference points; Interpol and Editors certainly come to mind in the context of Wild Nothing, but Tatum has put together a backing band that's concerned with a more mellow presentation of their music. In other words, there's nothing wild about Wild Nothing's stage presence, but the songs are tight and Tatum excels at making them sound poignant. His voice takes over any flashy stage antics that bands rely on at times.
Along with 'Gemini,' Wild Nothing have released two EP's this year: 'Evertide' and 'Golden Haze,' both available via Captured Tracks.