Wild Nothing

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Wild Nothing
Jack Tatum, Gov Ball 2013.jpg
Jack Tatum live at the Governors Ball Music Festival in New York City on June 8, 2013
Background information
OriginBlacksburg, Virginia, United States
GenresIndie rock, dream pop, chillwave, synthpop, new wave, shoegaze, post-punk revival
Years active2009–present
LabelsCaptured Tracks
Associated actsJack and the Whale, FACEPAINT, Real Estate
MembersJack Tatum
Jeff Haley
Nathan Goodman
Elroy Finn
Matt Kallman
Past membersColin Caulfield
Jeremiah Johnson
Kevin Knight
Michael Skattum
Max Brooks
Clay Violand
Pete Chudzick

Wild Nothing is an American indie rock/dream pop band from Blacksburg, Virginia, formed in late 2009 by Jack Tatum. During live performances, Tatum is joined by additional musicians, currently Nathan Goodman (guitar), Jeff Haley (bass), Matt Kallman (keyboards, also of Real Estate) and Elroy Finn (drums).

To date, Wild Nothing has released four studio albums, Gemini (2010), Nocturne (2012), Life of Pause (2016) and Indigo (2018), and two EPs, Golden Haze (2010) and Empty Estate (2013).


Jack Tatum (whose full name is John Alexander Tatum) previously played in bands Jack and the Whale and FACEPAINT in the college town of Blacksburg. He began recording under the name Wild Nothing in the summer of 2009. Emerging at a time when a handful of C86-esque groups were in vogue, Tatum's demos garnered attention in indie music circles with a cover of Kate Bush's "Cloudbusting". [1] Tatum signed with the Captured Tracks record label after the success of these demos, and began touring with Haley, Goodman and drummer Max Brooks.

Wild Nothing's first single, "Summer Holiday," was released on Captured Tracks in 2009, followed by "Cloudbusting." The band's debut full-length, Gemini, was released in the spring of 2010. Gemini was ranked the 49th best album of 2010 by Pitchfork[2] and 36th best album of 2010 by Amazon music editors.[3] Blogcritics wrote, "While I wasn't totally convinced with Gemini as a whole, I adored it in chunks".[4]

Follow-up EP Golden Haze was released in October 2010.

Wild Nothing released their second album, Nocturne, on August 28, 2012, via Captured Tracks. The album was well received critically and commercially, debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard New Artist and Alternative New Artist charts, receiving "Best New Music" from Pitchfork, and receiving top slots on the year-end lists of Under the Radar and iTunes Alternative.[5][6][7][8]

Wild Nothing's next EP, Empty Estate, was released on May 14, 2013.[9]

On October 7, 2014, Wild Nothing announced the production of their third studio album. On January 6, 2015, Tatum announced that he was en route to Stockholm to begin recording.[10][11]

On November 24, 2015, Wild Nothing announced their third studio album, Life of Pause, would be released on February 19, 2016 on Captured Tracks. A double-sided single, "To Know You"/"TV Queen", was released the same day, with accompanying music videos for both tracks.[12]

Wild Nothing announced their fourth studio album, Indigo, alongside the first single, "Letting Go", on June 5, 2018. The album was released on August 31, 2018.


Founding member and songwriter Tatum records Wild Nothing's albums and EPs alone, and is subsequently joined by the other members for live performances. In 2013, he stated: "I'm not really sure what we are at this point. It's a weird gray area. On the road, it definitely feels like a band; the live show's all about how we individually interpret the songs I made – there's five different takes on them. But the records are all me. Gemini was all me, and so was Nocturne, save for the drums."[13]


  • Jeff Haley – bass guitar (2010–present)
  • Nathan Goodman – guitar (2010–present)
  • Elroy Finn – drums (2016–present)
  • Matt Kallman – keyboards (2016–present)


  • Colin Caulfield - keyboards (2017)
  • Jeremiah Johnson – drums
  • Kevin Knight – keyboards
  • Michael Skattum – drums
  • Max Brooks – drums
  • Clay Violand – bass guitar
  • Pete Chudzick – drums


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions




BEL (Fla.)
BEL (Fla.)

  • Released: August 28, 2012
  • Label: Captured Tracks
  • Format: CD, LP, download
113 23 1 21 34 23
Life of Pause
  • Released: February 19, 2016
  • Label: Captured Tracks
  • Format: CD, LP, download
170 16 2 10 23 195
  • Release: August 31, 2018
  • Label: Captured Tracks
  • Format: CD, LP, download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


List of extended plays with selected chart positions
Title EP details Peak


  • Released: June 26, 2010
  • Label: Warmest Chord
  • Format: download
Golden Haze
  • Released: October 13, 2010
  • Label: Captured Tracks
  • Format: CD, LP, download
Empty Estate
  • Released: May 14, 2013
  • Label: Captured Tracks
  • Format: CD, LP, download
8 41
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


  • "Summer Holiday" (2009, Captured Tracks)
  • "Cloudbusting" (2009, Captured Tracks)
  • "Nowhere" (2012, Captured Tracks)
  • "Shadow" (2012, Captured Tracks)
  • "A Dancing Shell" (2013, Captured Tracks)
  • "To Know You" (2015, Captured Tracks)
  • "TV Queen" (2015, Captured Tracks)
  • "Reichpop" (2016, Captured Tracks)
  • "Life of Pause" (2016, Captured Tracks)
  • "A Woman's Wisdom" (2016, Captured Tracks)
  • "Letting Go" (2018, Captured Tracks)
  • "Partners in Motion" (2018, Captured Tracks)
  • "Shallow Water" (2018, Captured Tracks)
  • "Canyon on Fire" (2018, Captured Tracks)
  • "Blue Wings" (2019, Captured Tracks)


  1. ^ Margaret Reges. "Wild Nothing | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  2. ^ "Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums Of 2010". Stereogum. 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
  3. ^ "Amazon Editors' Top 50 Albums Of 2010 (So Far)". Stereogum. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  4. ^ "Music Review: Wild Nothing - Gemini - Blogcritics Music". Blogcritics.org. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2012-09-08.
  5. ^ "Congratulations to Wild Nothing..." Facebook. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  6. ^ Cohen, Ian. "Wild Nothing: Nocturne". Pitchfork. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2012". Under the Radar. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Thanks iTunes..." Facebook. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Wild Nothing Announce New EP, Share First Single "A Dancing Shell" and Animated Video | News". Pitchfork. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  10. ^ "Wild Nothing on Twitter: "HI - I promise I am alive. The third Wild Nothing record is nearly written and very close to being ready for the studio."". Twitter. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  11. ^ "Wild Nothing". Facebook. 2016-02-12. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  12. ^ "Wild Nothing Announces New Album Life of Pause, Shares "TV Queen" and "To Know You"". Pitchfork. 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2015-11-26.
  13. ^ Goggins, Joe (2016-02-17). "Interview: Wild Nothing". The Mancunion. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g Margaret Reges. "Wild Nothing | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-21.
  15. ^ a b "ultratop.be – Wild Nothing albums". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 16 April 2015.

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