Evolving from the ear-catching but arguably lighter fare that comprised the band’s first releases, the fivesome grew in both maturity and skills, bringing a new vulnerability to The Mild West’s poppy blend. The first single, “Glow,” showed an introspective side that songwriter Kylie Bruetman had only hinted at previously. And the rest of the Chicago-area outfit — Aaron Gordon, Dan Overstreet, Tyler Vandenberg and Zack Wheeler — followed suit.
Today’s streaming release of The Mild West’s new single “Rendezvous” shows that the EP was merely a launching pad for the band’s solid mission.
With the high-energy sound that’s a hallmark of The Mild West’s music, “Rendezvous” plays on the very human need for connection, a riff on something that’s been lacking for many of us over the last year.
“Ultimately the song is about that infatuation stage of a relationship where another person’s all you think about and you can’t wait until the next time you see them,” Bruetman said.
Ironically, with its emphasis on attachment, the song was honed during the pandemic lockdowns and was the first song the band worked on without being in the same room for a lot of its development.
“It was written and in the computer before it was ever played in a live room, so it was a great opportunity for us to learn how to build out tracks and continue writing and keeping productive when we couldn’t be there in person,” he explained.
“It’s really fun to listen back to that original demo made in my apartment with very limited instruments and knowledge,” he continued, “but then hearing the updates that the other guys would send back and forth, things that they would layer on and that they would add on to. When we finally got in the room together it was a song that we knew was strong, that we knew we could really lean into and had a good direction for.”
Even though the pandemic put a screeching halt to the music scene, The Mild West came out the other side with all rockets firing on a wave of momentum they managed to keep building despite a lack of live stage shows. They already have a few new singles planned for release later this year. And the full band recently played The Laughing Hearts’ release show at a new Chicago venue, The Point.
Now that the city is opening back up, there are already more shows in the works, including the band’s Schubas debut coming this summer.
“We’re continuing to gel, improving that trust and collaboration and really honing what we think is working, while just trying to keep it fun and keep it exciting,” Bruetman said. “But especially as things are opening back up, we know that there’s going to be a lot of opportunity to capitalize on, and we want to make sure that we are best prepared for it whenever it comes around. It’s nice to know it’s coming back and I really do think stronger than ever.”
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