[Cover photo credit to Matthew Tolk]
San Diego’s Wild Wild Wets have announced new album Love Always, which will arrive digitally, but also on 180 gram “Heart String Pink” vinyl, as well as a limited edition of hand-numbered 180 gram Iridescent “Starberry Jelly” vinyl. To kick things off, they’ve also released the single and video for “Say So”.
Co-frontman Mike Turi (along with bandmate Taejon Romanik ) says of the track and companion music video:
Our good friend and producer, JeanCarlo Mendez, not only made the album happen, he has gone out of his mind putting together this wild visual video for “Say So” using old-school analog video techniques from the 80’s. His style and sensibility is obviously very much our vibe and he and his teammate Brandon Mosquera nailed the edit on this project.
“Say So” was immediately one of my favorite tracks. For the video I wanted to make an early MTV Era meets early 2000’s Ipod commercial… But on Acid. We used late 80’s era video switchers to create the feedback, and old CRT monitors to create the banding and scan-lines you see in the video. “Say So” is a fun psych-pop track with infectious energy, yet Sparks-esque, in its fermented dreariness (case in point the lyric: “I never met someone who could make me feel so high and not care if I’m alive” and references to “Formaldehyde Perfume”).
Recorded at Singing Serpent Studios, in San Diego, CA by Grammy-nominated engineer Matt Van Allen (Anoushka Shankar) with Emmy award-winning video director JeanCarlo Mendez, and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana – ‘Nevermind’), Love Always marks the band’s first full-length release in 4 years. Since that time, the band has released one 7″ record and 3 digital singles, one of which (2019’s “The Fix”) features Jason Crane of Rocket From The Crypt on trumpet and congas.
The band focused on getting “out of their comfort zone” to make the new record, “telling stories of light and dark, love and loss”. They are also gearing up for a “blowout release party” on May 21st at the Casbah in San Diego, where they’ll be hosting one of their San Diego Freak Out mini-fests that they’ve been throwing since 2013. Turi states: “We cannot wait to get lost in the liquid lights with our wild-wildlings.”