ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Andrew Carroll enjoys the small stops during his tour.
“We actually stopped at a radio station in Charlottesville,” he says. “It’s been a great tour so far.”
Carroll is the frontman for the indie folk band The Lonely Wild. The band is touring in support of its latest album, “The Sun As It Comes,” which was released in April.
|The Lonely Wild
With Pawn Drive
WHEN: 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 28
WHERE: Low Spirits Bar & Stage, 2823 Second NW
HOW MUCH: $8 at holdmyticket.com
The band consists of Carroll, Ryan Ross, Andrew Schneider, Jessi Williams and Dave Farina.
Formed in 2010, The Lonely Wild is the brainchild of Carroll who had moved to Los Angeles to study writing, music and film.
Carroll and multi-instrumentalist Ross met in school and quickly discovered that their skills as composers and arrangers complimented one another’s abilities.
The two added lead guitarist Schneider, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Williams and drummer Farina to round out the mix – each a friend or fellow LA performer bringing their own unique background and talent.
Picking up solid momentum from their critically acclaimed debut EP, Dead End, The Lonely Wild quickly made a name for themselves in and around greater LA with fans and now are touring the country.
Carroll says the songs for “The Sun As It Comes” were written over the course of a few years and says the band went into the studio and knocked out the songs fairly quickly.
“The writing process isn’t a whole lot different than we did on the EP,” he says. “This time around, we were able to sit with the songs a little bit longer and were able to perform the songs for awhile.”
Carroll says the band recorded the album for six days at The Hangar in Sacramento.
“We set everything up and really didn’t leave the space,” he says. “We had our meals there and spent all of our time there. We also were on a tight budget, so we didn’t have any luxuries at all.
“It was a true labor of love and a sheer force of will, that allowed us to finish this record. We all knew it was the most important artistic statement we had ever made, so we had to pull out all the stops.”
Since the record came out just over a month ago, Carroll says The Lonely Wild has about another half album worth of material.
“Now that we’re on the road, I haven’t been writing much,” he says. “I find it easier to write off the road because I get more head space and alone time.”
Carroll also says he pays attention to inspiration and takes not when it hits.
“It comes and it goes,” he says. “It’s amazing to see how fast inspiration can slip away if you aren’t paying attention to it.”