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Will Wild Party Stay in SA?

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The Kreifels brothers (center) and Lucas Hughes block the car door so Ethan Kauffman (far left) can’t drive back to LA



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A year ago, and after traveling back and forth between SA and the West Coast for years, drummer Ethan Kauffman permanently relocated to LA, where he established his own studio in the trendy Silver Lake neighborhood. When I asked Lincoln and Jake whether Kauffman’s move is one of the reasons the band doesn’t play in San Antonio too often and whether he’ll continue as the drummer or, at least, as the band’s producer/engineer, they looked at each other and smiled mischievously.

“We wish he hadn’t moved and we’re trying to have him move back,” Lincoln said. “We might have to move out there, but we don’t want to.”

Kauffman got married in LA and spent a lot of money in his studio, but Lincoln and Jake think he may consider moving to Austin.

“We don’t want to move out of SA and we don’t want to change band members, but…” said Lincoln. “It’s hard … He’s not just our drummer but our producer as well, so we need to figure something out.”

“He’s been a super valuable, instrumental part,” adds Jake. “In Texas, there are very few producers who can make an album sound as good as [Kauffman] does. In LA, he’s a small fish in a big sea, but here he was a big fish.”

As far as Kauffman is concerned, the band has nothing to worry about: He’s not going anywhere.

“I’m certainly still part of the band,” Kauffman told the Current on the phone from LA. “And yeah, for sure, I’ll tour with Wild Party. I’m definitely a part of it.”

“Bottom line,” says Jake, “we’re a San Antonio band and we want to continue building our SA base. There [aren’t] a ton of bands that come from SA, there’s very few of us. Girl in a Coma, [Mexico-born] Neon Indian, who claims to be from Austin but he’s from here, and very few more. So we want to stay and contribute to the growth of our local scene. That would be awesome.”

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