What happens when an Englishman, a Frenchman, two Americans and two Canadians take over an open mic? “The Wilderness” – borrowing influences from Bruce Springsteen, Mumford and Sons and Paul Simon to create their own lively brand of rock’n’roll.
Their new single “Virginia Sapphire” is an indie pop track combining guitars, saxophone, and keys with powerful vocals led by an intricate groove of percussion.
Listen to the new single and read our chat with The Wilderness below!
What was the first record you ever bought and what was special about it?
Green Day’s American Idiot. I would have been in fourth grade at the time and it felt like the most badass rock ‘n’ roll thing I had ever heard at the time. Henry, Liam and I still jam it. – Nick
What’s the story behind the Virginia Sapphire’ release and what should listeners expect from it?
Virginia sapphire was conceived when we were driving from North Carolina to New York, and took a wrong turn. We were so tired that we stopped to sleep in in Alexandria, Virginia, a town that Jonas coincidentally lived in for a little while. We drank a bottle of gin and discussed everything from politics to past memories and how living in the suburbs sucks. Listeners can expect a good tune that is catchy but not entirely simple.
How would you describe yourself as an artist?
We play high-energy rock ‘n roll in the vein of Bruce Springsteen but our musical backgrounds are a tapestry of folk, indie, funk, and jazz. Each of us brings an important part of ourselves to the musical table, so our sound is dynamic and always growing. Because of this, the Wilderness is much more than the sum of its parts. – Nick
What is the absolute number one highlight of your musical career so far?
We’ve played some incredible shows. Back in March of 2019 we performed to a massive hometown crowd in Kingston with our good friends the Honest Heart Collective. For me, the experience of walking out onto the stage in complete darkness and starting the show with four-part harmonies was absolutely electrifying. Being there with all of those people who we love and who are so supportive of us was such a powerful moment and we hope to do it again soon. – Nick
Making music or playing music – What do you prefer and why?
Playing music, 10,000%. Playing live has been our bread and butter since day one and it’s fun every time. Making music is fun too, don’t get me wrong, just in a very different way.
When it comes to writing music, how do you typically work? Lyrics first or melody?
Usually the lyrics come first with a blueprint of a melody and some basic chords. The lyrics inform the dynamics of the song and from there we can throw in whatever bells and whistles we like.
If you could go back to any point in your musical career and do one thing differently, what would it be and why?
I personally can’t imagine doing much differently, but if I could, I’d go back and get some formal sound engineering training, and maybe go to music school, haha. Every experience we’ve had has been at least worth learning a lesson, so I wouldn’t trade any of those experiences for anything.