This Wild Life guitarist Anthony Del Grosso (left) and vocalist/guitarist Kevin Jordan (right). Photos courtesy of This Wild Life.

Kevin Jordan pauses his “Game of Thrones” marathon to answer his 562 area code phone in his Long Beach home. He’s exhausted, and relaxation in his hometown sounds more than desirable, especially since he’s been on the road for the last two months, touring the country with around 100 other bands.

During the summer-long Warped Tour, the crowd surrounded the Warheads Stage, day after day, waiting for Jordan to take the stage in his acoustic duo This Wild Life. He and bandmate Anthony Del Grosso would take the fans, soaking in sweat from moshing and crowd surfing, in another direction, with a more emotional connection.

When Jordan sings lyrics like, “I’m better with you, you’re better with me / I still miss all our nights / Even fights were all better with you,” the fans sing along.

That’s an advantage This Wild Life had on the tour, Jordan, 25, said.

“I think our sound helped us to stand out,” he said. “Our show focuses less on energy and more on passion and people singing along and connecting with the lyrics. From what I heard from people at Warped, they all really appreciated the intermission from the rest of the bands and the change of pace.”

It took This Wild Life a while to find success with an acoustic model, Jordan said. The band originally started out as a five-piece pop punk group but was inspired to become strictly acoustic after a successful YouTube video.

twl2“We didn’t have a lot of foresight in how it would end up working,” he said. “We put some acoustic songs on our second EP because of that video and the response it got. My voice paired with an acoustic guitar better because I have a softer voice. Singing over drums and guitar isn’t the easiest thing for a voice like mine. The acoustic sound turned out a little more special, so we made a decision to push forward with that one year ago.”

The opportunities since going acoustic have been plentiful, Jordan said. The band recently signed to Epitaph Records, which boasts artists like Pennywise, Bad Religion and Alkaline Trio.

“Epitaph believed in our vision and they didn’t want to distort that,” Jordan said. “We’re the two last guys to change just because someone asked us to.”

Jordan said he and Del Grosso went into Warped Tour with low expectations because they were venturing to cities they had never been to before. Warped Tour veterans like Every Time I Die and Mayday Parade, who were also on the tour, helped This Wild Life ease into the transition, Jordan said.

“Keith Buckley of Every Time I Die was really open to us,” he said. “He would always come to watch our sets. Talking to someone like him who has been in the band circuit for so long and has had ups and downs, there’s a lot to learn from someone like that. He’s an artist and he obviously takes a lot of time in his lyrics writing.”

For his own song writing, Jordan said he only draws inspiration from personal situations.

“I just think it would scare me to write a song that wasn’t really honest,” he said. “I just think about how I’m going to play these songs hundreds of times a year, and I think it would be almost punishing to play a song that didn’t mean shit to me.”

This Wild Life is slated to go on tour with pop metal outfits Pierce the Veil and Sleeping with Sirens this fall, including a stop in Pomona on November 7 at the Fox Theater. Prior to that, This Wild Life will play a free intimate show at Fingerprints this coming Tuesday, August 19 to celebrate the release of their latest album, “Clouded,” on vinyl.

“The thing that I really appreciate about vinyl is, typically, if someone is sitting there on their iPhone or Spotify, they’re just bouncing between different bands on shuffle,” Jordan said. “A lot of records are made to be listened to as a whole. I think vinyl gives people the opportunity to listen to a record the way it was intended to be heard, which is front to back. It’s more of a listening experience and people can really digest a record.”

Jordan maintains that no matter how much recognition his band gets, he still plans on remaining humble and appreciative. The band still loads its own gear, tours in a van and sets up their own stage, he said.

He said he’s overjoyed with the success he and Del Grosso have had so far in This Wild Life.

“We’ve gone so much further than I ever expected to that if the band were to break up tomorrow, I would be super proud of what we’ve done.”

Long Beach-based acoustic duo This Wild Life will perform for free at Fingerprints, located at 420 E. 4th Street, at 7PM.