Staff Pick: Wild Pink treads new ground leading to Big Room show

New song 'Q. Degraw' finds John Ross and Co. taking a more earthbound stance compared with previous efforts

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Wild Pink

In a September 2021 interview with Alive, John Ross of Wild Pink described the massive sound captured on A Billion Little Lights, released a month prior, as the culmination of years spent building toward something epic.

“This was the last step of that journey, that trajectory. I definitely feel like this is our biggest record, but I also feel like now I’ve put a period at the end of that sentence,” said Ross, who drew inspiration for A Billion Little Lights from sources that included Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" and a move from the city to Upstate New York, where the night sky left him feeling dwarfed whenever he turned his gaze upward. “I just wrapped up writing a new record … and I think it’s going to sound quite different.”

New song "Q. Degraw," released last week and which you can listen to below, holds to this prediction, Ross and Co. forgoing their past celestial twinkle in favor of a darker, more earthbound sound colored by distorted guitars and obscured vocals that sound as if they're emanating from within some deep chasm.

“This song is about my experiences with some health problems and how an extremely stressful situation can sharpen your focus on what’s important in life,” Ross wrote in a press release. “It’s also about how that stress can sometimes cause you to dissociate from yourself.”

Expect Wild Pink to traverse both these more recent subterranean grounds and the heavenly vistas of past records when the band visits Columbus for a concert at the Big Room Bar on Friday, April 22.