"When I first listened to ‘Dreamfield’ EP by Once Were Wild I wasn’t sure if this was for me as it’s sound was a little different to what I was used to. However, there was something about Alana’s vocals that made me give the EP another try. I’m so glad I did as something clicked on my second listen that made me appreciate what I was hearing. I guess this is a credit to what they have created if they can can attract new fans like myself.
This EP is all about the combination of this dream like indie sound and Alana’s vocal talent helps lift their music above the crowd of today’s music. The more I listen to the music that the band create the more I discover about the various layers of sound with each song. The way each member delivers their own sound which interweaves with the others to help provide the necessary atmosphere for each song. There is times that this sound is so subtle but when you listen closer it is very clever in the way this music is delivered as it also let’s Alana’s voice to do her thing. Talking about the vocals, as I mentioned earlier this is the reason why Once Were Wild won me over. Alana’s vocal abilities ticks all the right boxes for me as she has power, control and a great range which is delivered with a tone that is irresistible. I can definitely understand why her voice is turning a lot of people’s heads and helping the music of Once Were Wild stand out.
With only 4 songs on offer ‘Dreamfield’ EP I was left wanting more which I guess is a good thing. With stand out songs like ‘Shame’ and my favourite ‘Wanderlust’ you can see that Once Were Wild know how to write great sounding and catchy songs. I highly recommend that you check out this EP (click HERE) out for yourself to fully grasp their impressive sound. If you like what you hear then head over to the usual online music stores like Amazon and iTunes to purchase a copy.
I am glad to hear that Once Were Wild are wanting to push their music to the next level as they have a sound that needs to heard. To find out how they progress on their journey head over to their website at OnceWereWild.com or alternatively check out their social media sites at Facebook and Twitter. These are great places to find out about future gigs as well as new releases.
Don’t forget that independent music needs the help of it’s fans to continue. So go and support the music that matters to you today. Hopefully this will now include the music by Once Were Wild, if so, then tell the world about them today!"
James (aka The Juke) -
I previously stated, upon the release of this band’s debut single, that Once Were Wild “….had old musos souls” and I have to reiterate that Alana, Georgia, Renee, Sean and Andrew still do.
'Wanderlust’ with its carefully interwoven keyboard/synth sounds, led by Alana’s vocals and more than capable guitar and percussion accompaniment has continued the tradition of powerful dream rock as written and performed by this band. Alana’s soaring voice just flows along like another instrument within the band and hence interplays with the band at a high level; the lead guitar breaks in at the right time and all band members turn this into a number that is instantly recognisable and yet new and refreshing.
At times, I have to admit, I’d like to see this band just burst out into some neo-psychedelia as I think it is just on the edge of it and would be an excellent purveyor of that genre, but having said that this is an evolving band and its musical maturity is there and recognisable for one and all to grab hold of and there is no need for unwarranted change!
Alana performs ‘The Shame’ in a manner only she could do: soulful, sultry, scintillating and lyrically sound. Her voice is not one of those pseudo wispy ones, but one full of refreshment and the band knows just how to interact with her and her with them, a process that normally takes a long time to develop and one not shared by many other bands.
Once Were Wild remain in a genre and category of their own and have no current equals. ‘Dreamfield’ is an EP to hold onto, listen contentedly to and to seek out all the instrumentation that is so carefully balanced throughout.
Tony Bates - Uncut and Unsigned -
Once Were Wild is a new indie rock five piece out of Melbourne, Australia. They recently released their debut single Reverie, a song that lures me in a reverie, indeed. Reverie carries beautiful vocals that start off reminding me of UK ambient rock band Daughter, then the percussion picks up, the guitar roars, and the song just takes off. It’s a cathartic, sweeping listen that is transporting and moving. The impressive debut convinces me to look forward to Once Were Wild’s next new track.
Once Were Wild, a prog / alternative outfit from Melbourne give us a captivating introduction to the anthemic, heavy prog sound they are preparing to release. Their single, Reverie, begins low with piano and soft rocking, that builds with layering sounds, riffs and pounding drums that eventually erupts. By the end of the song you’re rocking out with a full band, and then some. The song has a strategically constructed uniqueness.
Lauren Sachs -
“Occasionally an album or a single arrives, that just has that certain edge; I recently received a promo single from a young indie band and thought, having read their accompanying PR outline, that they would find it hard to live up to such brave words. Having only formed in 2013, ONCE WERE WILD have released their debut single which emanates such professionalism-this might be a young band but they have old musos souls there somewhere! ‘Reverie’, their single, is well produced, tight and musically sound, being full of indie dream rock but with a very individual approach. I cannot in all honesty say that this is a band undertaking its debut, as they have already arrived and ONCE WERE WILD should easily gain the exposure they need in order to take their place amongst their better established peers.”
Tony Bates Uncut and Unsigned 3MDR
“Reverie” by the Australian band Once Were Wild is mesmerizing, just as the lyrics suggest. This song has been on constant repeat, so that I can continue to be transported by the lush, transcendent vocals of Alana Porter. “Reverie” has a haunting yearning quality to it and the pace changes are perfection, seemingly mimicking internal struggles and the desires of wanting. Check out 2:33 where words are paused and the bandmates take over in all of their splendor before Alana resumes transporting the listener, timing her return with her powerful pure voice and the lyrics “you came back.” Alana also selects some words and plays with them, creating slight pauses in between them, which creates a unique and incredibly enjoyable listening experience. Once Were Wild is currently in the studio working on their debut EP ‘Dreamfield’ which is projected for release in February 2015.
Karen M -