JPR Live Session: The Wild Reeds

Sep 4, 2015

Formed in 2010, The Wild Reeds began as a three-part harmony girl group featuring Kinsey Lee, Sharon Silva, and Mackenzie Howe. Over the past year, they've transitioned (with the addition of Nick Jones, who contributes drums and percussions, and bassist Nick Phakpiseth) to a full indie folk rock force that has been sweeping the West Coast. All three women in the group are skilled vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, incorporating guitar, harmonium, banjo, and auto harp into many of their performances.

In 2014, the band released their formal debut album, Blind and Brave, which was produced by Raymond Richards at Red Rockets Glare (Parson Redheads, Honey Honey, Local Natives, Dustbowl Revival). Currently the members of The Wild Reeds hold up the fort all over California, from Koreatown to Highland Park to Hollywood – coming together to rehearse right in the heart of Hollywood. Together they are strong advocates for California, specifically Los Angeles.

Blind and Brave illustrates the story of the working class, and encourages listeners to genuinely care about the place they inhabit, keep it beautiful, connect with people, and be brave. The message found in these songs is that you have to get through the hard stuff to get to the good stuff, just as you have to go through the bad parts of town to find the best parts, whether it be a venue down an old dark alley way, or a friend’s house at the top of a hill. In everything you do, do it out of love.