Indianapolis indie rockers THE WLDLFE like The 1975’s music, but singer Jansen Hogan doesn’t want the two bands mentioned in the same sentence.
“We don’t hate it, but we definitely are striving to be unique and have a sound that’s seemingly unique to us,” he adds.
The five-piece band just released its debut album I’m Not Worried Anymore and will be showcasing it and older tracks at Pub Rock on Monday, November 12.
“We’re going to play a lot from the new record, but we’re also keeping the favorites as well,” Hogan says.
The band didn’t intend on releasing a full-length collection. It wanted to put out a third EP to add to its previous efforts New and I.L.Y., but it evolved into a full-length album.
“We really wanted to focus on making sure the production was as crisp and clean as possible,” Hogan says. “I think with the EP before it, I.L.Y., we wanted to be a little more experimental with it all.”
The writing process was new this time, with Hogan’s brother Carson, helping write a few songs.
“That was the first time that anybody else has had written on the record and that was kind of a different dynamic,” Hogan says.
While he’s writing songs, Hogan doesn’t just pull from personal experiences. He likes to share someone else’s experiences or a feeling he may have had before.
“I’m using that feeling to create a scenario or something like that. So, there are some songs that are conceptual.”
One song on the album that is personal to Hogan is “June,” but he didn’t seem interested in elaborating on the song. The lyrics include: “I’m not looking for love much anymore” and “‘cause you’re the light at the end of the tunnel that I could never see.”
“It may not be the flashiest song, but it just feels right. It just feels good and I think I’m most proud of that one and how that came along,” he says.
The band’s name adds Hogan’s mysteriousness.
“Our name is just a representation of this kind of the idea that we don’t want to be put in a box, sound wise, or feel like we have to be a certain way with our music,” Hogan says. “We want to be recognized as a band that is able to do multiple different styles.”
THE WLDLFE, Pub Rock, 8005 E. Roosevelt Street, Scottsdale, 480.945.4985, pubrocklive.com, 8 p.m., $10-$12.