by Chris Conde
Cue Hot Topic emo tears in 3, 2, 1...
OK, all scene-kid, mascara sobs aside, Long Beach, California’s This Wild Life actually isn’t as cheesy as you might think at first listen. Sure, the duo definitely fall into that acoustic, second-wave-emo sound made popular by acts like Dashboard Confessional and Bright Eyes, but they manage to add whispers of atmospheric post-rock and contemporary indie pop that give them a little bit more of a fresh take on the genre.
It’s definitely not bad and even if you haven’t spun a Further Seems Forever record in a minute, it might be worth checking out a group that’s keeping the emotional side of post-hardcore alive.
Sunday, July 30, $17, 7pm, Paper Tiger, 2410 N. St. Mary’s St., papertigersatx.com.