As someone who has an amazingly awesome sister that I’m super close with, I love to hear about siblings who are BFFs and do everything together. Finding bands who are made up of such siblings is even cooler since I had always dreamed my sis and I would someday discover we had some magical musical prowess that just appeared one day and we would take the airwaves by storm. Alas, that never happened for us (although our karaoke sessions are legendary) but luckily for brothers Neil and Sumul Shah, it did, and as the indie duo Wildlife Control they are making sweet music together.
Despite living on separate coasts (Neil resides in Brooklyn while Sumul kicks it in San Francisco), the Shahs manage to pull off writing great music, playing shows and making videos together by utilizing the power of the internet and according to Neil, “racking up a lot of frequent flyer points.” The bicoastal brothers just spent the last year recording their eponymous debut full length record which comes out on July 31st. On that record will appear today’s featured single, ‘Analog or Digital’ – a super fun modern take on pop-punk-dance-rock that is way catchy and has a great line about the object of the song’s affections and it not mattering if, “she’s analog or digital.” I just love the nerd-nod to music tech too.
The video for this track is another gem that also inspired me to write this piece because of it’s uniqueness and sheer wow factor. Filmed over an entire day from sunrise to sunset on San Fran’s Ocean Beach in one take and using a combo of stop-motion and time lapse photography and editing, the video is not only mesmerizing, it’s just plain cool. I’ve watched it a dozen times now and it doesn’t get old.
The other supremely awesome reason I wanted to share this with you is that, to be honest, I had not heard of this band until a HelloGiggles reader hit me up on Twitter and after thanking me for my contributions to HG and my musical tastes, told me to check them out. I did, and I loved them and immediately thought I had to tell the rest of you about them. How cool is that? So, a big shout out to HG reader and now music suggester, Gwyneth Johnson for opening my ears to Wildlife Control.
I can’t wait to see what the rest of the album has in store and to be able to watch the Shah brothers’ grassroots campaign towards bicoastal superstardom continue. Check out their killer video below and feel free to follow in Gwyneth’s footsteps and send me your music suggestions any time.
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