We The Wild, an eclectic post-hardcore band from Portland, OR, released a new video for their single “Ol’ Boy” off their upcoming record From The Cities We Fled just a few weeks ago and we got to chat with them about it! The track has tons of energy and truly offers a unique sound, so watch the video and check out the brief Q&A with vocalist Ben Cline and guitarist and vocalist Miles Davenport below, during which he talks about the hardcore scene in the Northwest, what “Ol’ Boy” and the new record are all about, and why the cabin in the music video is more important than you’d think.
From The Cities we fled comes out August 12th.
What’s “Ol’ Boy” about?
Cline: “Ol’ Boy” is about moving past situations that are poisonous and living a happier lifestyle. Getting rid of situations and people that bring you down emotionally or even physically. It’s fun as hell to play life. It’s definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album and going through the process of making the music video for it was a huge bonding experience for us guys in the band it was the most fun I’ve had with a music video since I started playing music. The general feeling of the song was of overcoming the feelings of isolation, and even though you’re going to give in to social situations and you still feel like you don’t quite fit in, you’ve got to find the strength to move on and figure out where you truly belong.
I lived at that location, at that cabin [in the video] for a summer. That’s kind of how I wrote that song. I was a good 30 minutes out of town living in a log cabin in the middle of nowhere basically. And that place is going to be torn down soon. They’re like building condos over the entire property and turning everything to houses and putting a school there. So now this place where I lived and made all these amazing memories and went through some pretty life changing shit, we got to capture it in film. It’s always gonna be on the internet and I’ll be able to see that place when I want to. If I have kids some day they’ll be able to see what it looked like. It’s really a unique thought and I’m very emotionally tied to it so I think that’s why this video is so special to me.
Can you tell us more about the album, From The Cities We Fled?
Davenport: [The album] ties in to the theme of “Ol’ Boy.” As a band, we feel isolated and outcast within our city nowadays. Overwhelmingly [there’s a] presence of sludgy, stoner metal and indie folk revival in Portland, and don’t get me wrong there’s some really good musicians in those genres, but I think we’re adding something really unique and creative. And so From The Cities We Fled is kind of our social commentary on the state of the music industry and the music industry in Portland and in the Northwest in general. Our venues are closing down and people are caring less and less about going to shows and we’re just trying to wake people up and make people realize that there’s a really thriving hardcore scene and people need to start paying attention because there are some really great bands. Bands come to record here. But some of those same bands will skip this town on their tour because they know that their shows aren’t going to be promoted correctly and it’s almost not even worth it to them to stop here, which is awful.
What would you want to do to change that?
It’s gonna take a lot of people like you, so thank you for doing this interview. The more people who are writing about it and talking about it the better. Internally, the music scene is super strong right now. In the last year or so there’s been a huge resurgence of bands in the genre coming together and supporting each other a lot. Now it’s just getting those new faces and new ears out there. There’s people starting to pay attention and write about it and starting to promote what this city has to offer. It’s almost like people forgot how fun going to hardcore shows is. The scene here, it’s small. But it’s really tight knit. All the people we play shows with are truly awesome friends and the fans who come out and see us at every show truly love the music that’s being made by this community. That was the point of going to shows when I was younger, was that camaraderie.