Ditching the smokey bars and late-night alcohol sales guised as concerts, they began playing backyards, living rooms, or large parcels of land with space for camping, developing the term "camping concerts," and transforming concertgoers into "tribe members," where listeners became participants, bringing their tents and families to hang out with the band, each other, and nature, essentially helping the band come up with the title for their debut, Wild Places.
The themes of community, nature, and the inward - and outward - journey MoodyLittleSistertraveled are predominant in Wild Places, allowing the band to create a soundtrack for anyone on a similar journey. And, just as this allowed MoodyLittleSister to become more authentically themselves, the duo hopes that listening to Wild Places will help the listener become more authentically themselves as well.
Entering the studio with producer Pete Droge - and executive producer Elaine Summers - the duo recruited an exquisite team of musicians to help flesh out the songs and bring them to life, including Jay Bellerose on drums (Plant/Krauss, Joe Henry, T-Bone Burnett), Jennifer Condos on bass (Ray LaMontagne, Don Henley), and Portland's own Bob Dunham on lead guitar (Drunken Prayer, Resolectrics). The result is a record that is as pure and vibrant as their live performances, and the soothing environments in which they now choose to perform said songs.
Described by Droge as "lightning in a bottle," the basic tracking took place in L.A., with Hooley singing with grit and emotion, capturing most her lead vocals in the moment, and Stroup adding subtly and grace to each number along the way. The band's raw vitality and creativity helped further the songs even more, resulting in a record that the band describes as, "humanness, realness, and even error, left on the record."