Live free or die!

By RYAN STEWART  |  February 18, 2009

If I seem to be hung up on New Hampshire, it's only because the idea of place is an important part of Wild Light's brand of breezy, rootsy pop. Many songs on their debut full-length, Adult Nights (due out in March on StarTime International), are devoted to locations both general and specific. Album opener "California on My Mind" finds Kyle longing for "a lake to dive into" before resolving on a simple refrain of "Fuck today/Fuck San Francisco/Fuck California." This is followed by "New Hampshire," an ode filled with the sort of landmarks that small-towners know by heart, like "a fork in a road where a car crashed." It's an intimacy of place that Kyle says the band strive for. "At an early stage of trying to write songs, I realized, 'Man, I really like when Bob Dylan talks about, like, Clinton Street.' Just specifics painting a picture, as opposed to the '90s angst rock, saying what your emotions are."

Adult Nights was produced by Rob Schnapf, who's known for his work with the late Elliott Smith, among others. "We recorded in the same studios, we heard some outtakes that they found on some shelves. I hadn't really listened to those records that much in years, but it was like crazy thinking, 'Ten years ago, I was listening to this record every day, and now I'm in the studio where it was made with the producer who made it. That's pretty cool.' " Some of this nostalgia carries over into Adult Nights — it's energetic and restless at the same time that it's cool and comfortable. "Home," after all, can be more than just a place.

WILD LIGHT + TAPES N' TAPES + THE SUBJECTS | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Comm Ave, Boston | February 24 at 8 pm | $16.50 | 617.562.8800 or www.thedise.com

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