They might share a name with the opening cut to the lone EP released by Zach de la Rocha's side project One Day as a Lion, but Long Island's Wild International
cook up shuffling folk tunes that are a far cry from "Wild International" the song's abrasive edge. They claim to be strongly influenced by Akron/Family, and it makes sense; A/F's Americana-tinged jams are quirky, but not quite enough to be full-fledged freak folk or experimental, and the same is pretty much true for these guys. Their myspace songs offer a taste of a little something for everyone-- the indie-pop-leaning "For Walls", the shambling country rock of "Oxygen", and the off-kilter "Bandicoots", the complex rhythms and lively picking of which gives off a slight Vampire Weekend vibe. In a scene usually known for hardcore and pop-punk bands, Wild International are out to offer something different. They're off to a good start.