Every few years, a guitar-rock band comes around and is touted as the next big thing that will usher in a genre resurgence. While it might not end up being Kelowna BC quartet The Wild!, the band certainly plays like they want it. With their debut EP GxDxWxB, they apply their no-bullshit approach to riffing and partying hard, suggesting that they were weaned on a steady diet of Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, and ZZ Top. But it goes deeper than that.
“We take a huge influence from the blues... and I’m talking about the Delta blues that’s not really heard by a lot of people,” singer/guitarist Dylan Villian said in a press release. “But we’ve also got a punk attitude about this whole thing. That’s the thing about great punk rock: You’re not trying to do anything. You’re not overthinking it. You’re just doing it. It was the same with the old Delta bluesmen. They had conviction. They really meant what they were doing and so do we.”
It’s hard to argue with the results. Crank this EP up to 11.
Catch The Wild! live on their cross-country tour. The party kicks off in their hometown in Kelowna on May 1 at the Level Nightclub, with many dates scheduled eastward. Details on the band’s website.