L.A. band The Wild Reeds today announced their third album, Cheers, will be released on March 8, 2019 (Dualtone Records.) The band also shared the R&B-tinged and soaring harmony-laden first single “Lose My Mind” as an early preview.
On Cheers, The Wild Reeds — singers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists Lee, Mackenzie Howe, and Sharon Silva, with drummer Nick Jones and bass player Nick Phakpiseth providing the Los Angeles-based band’s rhythmic foundation — came together to create an ode to the joys and pains of camaraderie. The album is a career highlight achieved by giving each writer considerable latitude, in the end creating a singular work out of three striking songwriting voices. While making Cheers, Lee, Howe, and Silva leaned into their differences for the first time, giving one another unprecedented amounts of freedom to execute their own songs. Each was allowed room to pursue her vision, while always leaving an open door for the other members to step in and collaborate. “We decided to explore our individuality,” says Howe. “It was a scary thing for us because when you have three writers, you often have to do your best to tame your differences and come to some sort of agreement writing-wise, sonically, stylistically. It was the first time we said, ‘Screw that, why don’t we just record the songs the way they should be done?’”