Ryan (vocals/guitar) and Justin (bass) Levine, Casey Brothers (drums), Andrew Ampaya (keyboards/backing vocals) and Erik Janson (guitar) had a short, but moving set that served the Sunset Strip well.
The night itself held a warm humidity, but inside the venue of the famed Roxy no one seemed to mind the heat as they listened to a smoldering performance by Wilding.
The band opened up for Wardell, a wistful collection of a brother/sister band with a bohemian/folk sound.
In the small venue, singer Ryan Levine’s vocals filled the room with ease while his band mates backing vocals and instrumentals came shining through to provide a very chill ambiance.
Attendees sang along during the band’s performance of “Hummingbird,” and the crowd swayed to the melody.
On stage the Levine brothers interacted as only siblings could and seemed to open up their brotherhood to band mates Casey, Erik and Andrew.
If the night itself was too hot, the music was on point and enthusiastically delivered. During the set, band members would sneak in a smile or two and seemed to genuinely enjoy themselves on stage.
Their performance ended all too soon, and while they were just the opening band, they were just as strong as any main act.
Wildling has recently stepped into the studio to write music and record new tracks. According to the band, they tentatively plan to release an EP before the start of their Fall tour supporting friends and fellow LA band Young the Giant.
In between that time, Wildling plans to book a few more shows in Southern California.