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Tinnitist Mixtape

Keep It Wild makes it to number 4 on Tinnitist‘s 60 Songs to Make You Feel Like a Winner Mixtape. I’m proud to be counted along with some of my fave artists like Thee Oh Sees, Automatic and even Johnny Thunders! Watch the video for Keep It Wild here.

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Family

Freilichtbühne Weißensee

Excellent date night with Ali Bell at Freilichtbühne Weißensee this weekend. We went to see Licorice Pizza which was the perfect pick for a couple of tired parents. The midnight walk back home was beautiful.

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Westzeit Review

Wonderful print review of Keep It Wild from Westzeit. Read the translation below and watch the video for the song here

“Keep It Wild” is an EP, but also a ‘Best of Album’. Not a ‘best of’ album, mind you, but a selection of songs from a record that should have been released in 2009. Nathaniel Fregoso, frontman of The Blood Arm, had so much on his plate with his band that the half-finished album disappeared into producer David Newton‘s drawer. In the lockdown of 2020, Berlin-based Fregoso rediscovered the songs and decided to compile some of them into an EP. In view of the original time of its creation, the result logically exudes the charm of the noughties: the title track sounds like a rough version of Franz Ferdinand, “Belarus” has the pop appeal of the Kaiser Chiefs, while “Out Of Key” is more in the The Strokes notch. Also included, at least on the promo: A beautiful cover of “Cuando calienta el sol”, originally published in 1961.

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Ripper Girls

Had a blast at the Ripper Girls concert at Wild At Heart this weekend. Berlin’s got a great indie rock scene going on.

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Keep It Wild Artwork

Viktoria Cichoń created the artwork for Keep It Wild and I’m still over the moon about it. I started following Viktoria’s work after seeing Laura Lee & the Jettes’ Divine Hammer single cover. We began working together last year and it was a lot of fun sending ideas back and forth. Take a look at some alternate versions of the artwork below. Which one is your favorite?

For all you Berlin punk fans, Viktoria is also the drummer of the indie-garage band Lobsterbomb. Check them out!

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Thoughts Words Action

What a great way to start the week! Thank you Thoughts Words Action for this fantastic review of the Keep It Wild EP. Read an excerpt of the review below and don’t forget to watch the video here.

“…it’s a perfect release to start the working week with, mainly because each composition is a pure rager from beginning to end. Perhaps it possesses only four songs, but that’s enough to get the idea about Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & The Bountiful Hearts. I wasn’t familiar with the band before, but I have to admit Keep It Wild easily became part of my daily playlist. There’s something about this material that keeps me spinning it almost repetitiously.

Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & The Bountiful Hearts also incorporate a healthy dosage of power pop, classic pop, indie pop, and psychedelic music. Maybe the introductory piece, Keep It Wild, commences with abrasive guitars and fast beats, but the band immediately slows down the pace on the second composition, which bursts with pop sensibilities from scratch to finish. Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & The Bountiful Hearts keep their sound as versatile as possible, so you will love both songs no matter which genre you prefer.

The band returns to rock’n’roll waters in the third composition. It is probably the shortest of the four presented numbers. Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & The Bountiful Hearts demonstrate how rock’n’roll tunes can sound catchy, anthemic, and entertainful, even if they’re under two minutes. It’s a perfect track for those listeners who don’t like wasting time on longevous intros, solos, or any other unnecessary things that sometimes spoil the listening experience. Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & The Bountiful Hearts sang the fourth composition in Spanish, and it’s a perfect outro solely performed on acoustic guitar.”

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Holiday

Just back from holiday with the family. ☀️

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Creative Process

How did we come up with the idea for the Keep It Wild video? It all comes down to Ray Mann‘s inventiveness and skill. We spent months developing the Wolf character, scheduling meetings between my work and family responsibilities. I was able to quickly spitball ideas and Ray had the experience to tell me what worked and what didn’t, adding some great references along the way. Scroll through for a look into the creative process and watch the video here.

  1. Still from Keep It Wild
  2. Character references
  3. Highlight from Ray’s notebook
  4. Music video references
  5. Location scouting with my newborn daughter

Thanks for knocking it out of the park, Ray!

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Four Star Review

Thanks for the stellar review of Keep It WildLangweileDich.net! Read the English version below:

The impulsive title track at the start alone is worth listening to this EP! Yes, short-playing records are finding it easier and easier to appear fresh and compact. It’s easier to listen to the songs more than once. But with these just ten minutes, variety is successfully demonstrated and the desire for an upcoming album is made! Okay, maybe you can reduce the Spanish a bit… That’s why the monument on the YouTube thumbnail is very close to me!

Keep It Wild is available everywhere via RIP Ben Lee Records. Watch the video here.

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Keep It Wild Release Party

Ali Bell and I went to Fellini Pizza this weekend to celebrate the release of Keep It Wild. So far, the feedback has been incredible. Thank you for all the kind words.

Watch the Keep It Wild video here.

Listen to the EP everywhere via RIP Ben Lee Records.