Garrett Harris 8 a.m., Nov. 16
Wild Wild Wets
Sound description: Sounds like Elvis on acid, slapping Brian Wilson in the face.
RIYL: Trap Gold, the Old In Out, Vinyl Film, Dark Thirty, Jeans Wilder, B-52s, Jefferson Airplane, Command C
- "Wild Wild Wets Play the Waiting Game" · June 24, 2015
- "Emerald Rats: Everyday Obstacle EP" · Feb. 19, 2013
- "Commune to Quit" · Nov. 14, 2012
- "Now You Know" · Oct. 17, 2012
- "Wild Wild Wets: a Party Psychedelic Rock Band" · Oct. 9, 2012
Inception: San Diego, 2011
Influences: The B-52s, the Penetrators, Jefferson Airplane, Iggy Pop, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Seeds, the Old In Out, Vinyl Film
Wild Wild Wets was founded in 2011 by three former members of the Old In Out, who had recently split; Mike Turi (Trap Gold), Marco Salvatore Piro (Vinyl Film), and Ryan White (aka Ryan Vincent Bohan). They were joined by singer/keyboardist Priscilla Castro and bassist Taejon Romanik (Dark Thirty, Jeans Wilder, Wet Years). Piro and White/Bohan were only with the Old In Out during its final few months.
“We’re a party psychedelic rock band,” said Piro at the time. “We’re trying to make it an experience. Anyone can start a band and have five people on stage playing their hearts out, but we wanted to add something more for the concertgoer.”
Turi cites the Penetrators (New York’s, not San Diego’s) as a top influence. He and Bohan also have played in a side band called Trap Gold, founded in 2010 along with Kelly Sullivan and synth-bassist Chase Elliott (the Kabbs). Former Old In Out guitarist Rory Truesdale launched a solo project called Sleeping Ghost/Electric Crush.
In concert, the group is often accompanied by projection artist, John Kelley. “Kelley has been our projectionist since day one,” says Mike Turi. “I wanted to make sure that the band was a whole package of audio and visual energy. [Kelley] has put countless hours into it and has grown with us.”
In early 2013, the band released their debut Criminal Blue EP via Grizzly Records, who also produced a limited run of 300 blue 7-inch vinyl versions. Turi and Piro also have played in a project called Emerald Rats, whose debut Everyday Obstacle EP was released around the same time. Piro and Romanik have also served as the rhythm section for Jeans Wilder.
After Wild Wild Wets apparent split, keyboardist/singer Lex Pratt joined Soft Lions, founded by Megan Liscomb (Boy King).
The group resurfaced as a trio in late 2014, with Mike Turi (vocals/keys), Taejon Romanik (guitar), and Marco Piro (drums), with a new release out in 2015 called 14th Floor (Grizzly Records/Rubber Brothers Records). One track from the album, "UK Drugs," was heard the following year in the A&E TV show Damien, based on the vintage film series The Omen.
By 2015, it appeared the band's lineup was Mike Turi and Taejon Romanik, alongside drummer Ryan Hand (Tropical Popsicle), trumpet player Jason Crane (formerly of Rocket From the Crypt), and bassist Yegor Mackey. That summer, Turi, Romanik, and drummer Marco Piro recorded their sophomore full-length Prisom at L.A.’s Seahorse Studios (aka Handbag Factory) with Chris Kasych, who has recorded Wavves, Vampire Weekend, Haim, and Bruce Springsteen, as well as helping to record and mixing the Wild Wild Wets record 14th Floor.
Prisom was finally released in July 2018 via their own Yeah Yeah Yeah Blah Blah label and Grizzly Records. "The name Prisom comes from a friend who had been too caught up in the psychedelic world of her making," Turi told the Reader. "As the flowers began to wilt, she could see her prism vision imprison the freedom she had longed for in the first place." The release marked the official return of drummer Marco Piro to the lineup.
Turi teamed up with another former member of the Old In Out, Rory Truesdale, to form COMMANDc in 2018.