Wildlife Control (band)

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Wildlife Control
Wildlife Control during a concert at Mercury Lounge in New York City in August 2012
Wildlife Control during a concert at Mercury Lounge in New York City in August 2012
Background information
OriginBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Genresindie rock, alternative pop
Years active2011 – present
MembersNeil Shah
Sumul Shah
WebsiteOfficial Site

Wildlife Control is an American indie rock band and creative lab originally from Brooklyn, New York and San Francisco, California formed in 2011 by brothers Neil Shah (lead vocals, guitar, piano) and Sumul Shah (vocals, drums, guitar).[1][2] Touring members include Moppa Elliott (bass) and Kevin Thaxton (bass).[3]


Wildlife Control released their debut single Analog or Digital in December 2011 with an interactive video using HTML5, JavaScript, and the SoundCloud API.[4] In February 2012, they released the official music video for Analog or Digital on YouTube.[5] It went viral, officially trending during the first weekend of its release.[6][7] The widespread reach of the videos resulted in Analog or Digital and the band's subsequently released EP, Spin to hit No. 1 on Amazon MP3's "Hot New Releases" sales chart in the alternative pop category.[8]

In April 2012, Wildlife Control held a four-week residency at Arlene's Grocery in New York City while touring through several major cities including Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco.[9]

Wildlife Control released their self-titled debut album on July 31, 2012. The album received favorable reviews from several major media outlets, with Wired declaring it "A great debut album from an indie band who really seem to be creating their own musical pulse."[10] Two songs from the album hit the Hype Machine "Popular" chart, with People Change reaching No. 1 and Spin reaching No. 4.[11] The band sold out album premiere shows at Mercury Lounge in New York City and Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco.

On August 22, 2012, Wildlife Control peaked at No. 48 on the CMJ Radio 200 chart, making it the highest ranked self-released album for that week.[12] Notable commercial radio DJs including Aaron Axelsen at KITS in San Francisco and Nic Harcourt have featured Wildlife Control songs on their programs.[13][14] On November 28, 2012, Analog or Digital reached No. 12 on the FMQB SubModern Singles chart.[15]

Wildlife Control headlined The Deli Magazine's Avant Pop show at the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon.[16]

South By Southwest announced on their website that Wildlife Control is scheduled to appear at the annual SXSW Music Festival in 2013.[17]

On January 18, 2013, MTV Hive premiered a new Wildlife Control single titled Different, announcing a release date of January 29, 2013.[18] The band then released another single titled Ages Places on March 8, 2013, while announcing details of their upcoming SXSW performances.[19][20]

Billboard (magazine) announced on their website that Wildlife Control is scheduled to appear at the annual BottleRock Festival in 2015.[21]

Popular Science premiered Particles on April 8, 2016 describing it as "one of the year's more forward thinking album releases." The album is composed of three movements: Illusion, Subtract, and Creature. Particles also features a 12-minute film by the same name with the music set to Hyperlapse videos from users around the world.[22]

The Showtime documentary More Than T, featuring an original score by Wildlife Control, premiered on June 23, 2017. The film profiles seven members of the trans community and highlights their "passions, hopes for the future and life's work."[23] Wildlife Control released the film's soundtrack on June 1, 2017, with The Burning Ear describing the music as "grand, sweeping, and full of hope."[24]

In 2019, Ranker included Wildlife Control in their list of famous bands from the San Francisco Bay Area as voted on by the site's audience.[25]



Title Release date Peak chart positions
CMJ 200[12] Billboard Next Big Sound[26]
Wildlife Control 31 July 2012 48 4
Music for a Film 1 June 2017
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Release date
Spin 27 March 2012
Particles 8 April 2016


Title Release date Peak chart positions
Analog or Digital 6 December 2011 12
Different 29 January 2013
Ages Places 8 March 2013
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.



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  16. ^ "Deli CMJ Shows 2012: Young Magic, Wildlife Control. EndAnd, Foxygen, Snowmine, Hundred Waters, Dynasty Electric, You Bred Raptors? + a TON MORE!!". National.thedelimagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
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  21. ^ "BottleRock 2015 Lineup". billboard.com. 2015-01-06. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  22. ^ Giles, Matt (8 April 2016). "WILDLIFE CONTROL TURNED YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS INTO ART". Popular Science. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
  23. ^ Moran, Justin (17 May 2017). "New Doc More Than T Highlights the Lives of Transgender Americans". Out. Retrieved 18 May 2017.
  24. ^ Adams, Jason (20 June 2017). "Wildlife Control – Gizelle Pt.1 // Jem Creswell". The Burning Ear. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  25. ^ "Famous Bands from San Francisco Bay Area". ranker.com. 2019-11-05. Retrieved 2015-01-06.
  26. ^ a b "Next Big Sound 25 Music Chart". Billboard. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  27. ^ Mighty Digital (2012-07-06). "Track Of The Week: "Analog Or Digital" by Wildlife Control". Aux.tv. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  28. ^ "SoundCloud - SoundClouder Of The Day | Wildlife Control |". Soundcloud.tumblr.com. 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  29. ^ "Hyped Alternative rock Artists — Week ending Sunday 9 September 2012 –". Last.fm. 2012-07-04. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  30. ^ "Wildlife Control - Hear It Now on Channel One News for New Music, Artists, Bands and Video". Channelone.com. Retrieved 2012-10-08.

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