Wild Child

Wild Child

SUSTO, Abbie Morin

Wed, Sep 21, 2016

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Higher Ground Ballroom

$13 advance | $15 day of show

Tickets at the Door

This event is all ages

Wild Child
Wild Child
Wild Child doesn’t want a place to hide. Song after song, town after town, they’ll wear their hearts on their sleeves, addicted to the rush that only comes when thousands of strangers know all your secrets and sing them back to you, because they’re their secrets, too.

Made up of the core duo of Kelsey (violin and vocals) and Alexander (ukulele and vocals), together with a talented five-piece band, the Austin-based Wild Child has built a sprawling grassroots following on the strength of two charming albums, as well as high-spirited live shows that feel like self-contained joy benders.
Justin Osborne needed a break.

He'd been writing music and making albums since he was 15, and by the age of 26, he felt like he was spinning his wheels. He knew he needed a change, so he ended his old band Sequoyah Prep School and moved to Cuba. He thought he might be done with music for a while, but the songs just kept coming.

"I had this idea in my mind that I was going to try and join some kind of Latin American Leftist movement. I wanted to jump off a cliff," Osborne says. "Once I got there I immediately started hanging out with musicians and going to shows. I started showing them the songs from this project that was kind of just an idea in my head.

"They were like, 'man, don't throw away your passport, go home and continue to make music,'" he says. "I was encouraged by them to try again."

Osborne ended the relationship he was in, started touring and writing constantly and eventually dropped out of school with just one paper and exam left to finish. He also made an aesthetic upgrade, getting the words "Acid Boys" tattooed across his knuckles.

"I was always afraid of committing fully to the idea of trying to make it. I think in some ways, that's what held my old band back. I thought maybe I'll go to school and I'll be an anthropologist and go live abroad," he says. "Then I did all that, and I realized no, I need to go back to what I'm good at. I got the knuckle tattoos to keep me out of everything else."

Osborne was already writing the songs for what would be SUSTO's 2014 self-titled debut when his producer Wolfgang Zimmerman introduced him to Johnny Delaware, a guitarist and songwriter who had moved to Charleston, South Carolina to make an album with the producer.

"We started meshing and gelling really well. We liked aspects of what each other did, so as the record started to really take shape in the studio, Johnny came in and really played a key role in that," Osborne says. "At that point, it became one step closer to being a band thing."

SUSTO is a Spanish word referring to a folk illness in Latin America that Osborne learned as anthropology student, meaning "when your soul is separated from your body," and also roughly translates to a panic attack. For Osborne, the music of SUSTO was something he had to get out into the world.
Abbie Morin
In Abbie Morin's bedroom hangs a typeset drawer full of tiny trinkets- stones, buttons, shells, figurines, photos and notes found and received from all over. Each holds the story of a face, a sliver of a season, a corner of trodden earth. The fragments stitch together to form the record of her life. From this collection on her shelf, she draws her inspiration.

At age 25, Abbie Morin has seven journals full of words and images fueled by her university studies in poetry and acting. Fighting hard to evade the sorting boxes, she writes songs that shapeshift against the grip of genre labeling- ranging from foxy folk, jangling cowgirl tunes, and indie rock, all the way across the board to quirky R&B. After nearly 10 years of solo performing Abbie recently relocated from Laconia, NH to Burlington, VT to join forces with some of the tiny city's most creative minds to release her debut Shadowproof from Signal Kitchen Studios. Her all-star band features Leon Campos (keyboard), Thomas Pearo (guitar), Andy Kareckas (drums), Taylor Smith (saxophone), Patrick Markley (bass) and Shay Gestal (violin). Thriving on connection, Abbie reaches out to audiences with fearless, spirited outpourings that are starting to gain her and her band a reputation as an act with the power to move.
Venue Information:
Higher Ground Ballroom
1214 Williston Road
South Burlington, VT, 05403