Every Monday leading up to the 2016 Celebrate Fairfax! Festival, we will be giving you a closer look at the artists set to perform. Last week, our Entertainment Coordinator, Megan Bergquist, had the chance to sit down with the band Wylder before their album release show in DC.
Embracing the best elements of both indie-pop and folk, Wylder produces a tapestry in which every hook and melody is interdependent. With instrumentals driven by acoustic guitar, piano, and mandolin, the band instills clever violin lines and lush harmonies that resonate behind clear and memorable melodies, similar to artists such as Death Cab For Cutie, Andrew McMahon, and The Shins.
Friday, April 22nd, Wylder held an album release show at the Rock and Roll Hotel in Washington, D.C. to debut their new album, Rain and Laura, as well as their new lineup change following their transition from the name Save the Arcadian. The full debut of Wylder as a band came after the release of their single, Sunstroke. Following the band’s recent changes, they are once again ready to tackle to D.C. music scene.
Prior to their show, Megan had the chance to sit down for a few questions with band members Will and Lonnie:
Q: When did you start playing music?
A: Around 9th grade. We knew how to play music before we realized we were playing music.
Q: Who are your musical influences?
A: In terms of who we want to be as a band; Radical Face, The Shins, Arcade Fire, and Jack’s Mannequin, Unrelated to our music, Relient K.
Q: If you could tour with any band, musically related or not, who would it be?
A: I feel like we would go well with Death Cab for Cutie or the Family Crest. Also, Manchester Orchestra and the Moglies.
Q: What are your pre-show rituals?
A: Most bands have them, but we don’t really do anything. We try really hard not to kill each other. There are also a lot of way-too-personal questions asked. But mostly, we try not to kill each other.
Q: What is your favorite part of being in Wylder?
A: Definitely writing together. All of the collaboration and writing.
Q: How long did it take you all to write and record Rain and Laura?
A: It was a long process; about 18 months start to finish. We went to six different studios up and down the East Coast. It took a lot of time and different people, but we got to work with Bryan Cook and Brad Blackwood. We are glad it’s finally here and out now.
Q: Rain and Laura came out on April 8th. What have the reactions from the fans been like?
A: Everyone was very ready for it to come out. There was about two years between releases, so it was just kind of like “finally.” Our fans are great; they’re so excited and have been giving positive feedback.
Q: What are your favorite songs on the album?
A: Lantern and Snake in the Grass. They’re really the emotional backbone and story line of the album. The album has a theme of heartbreak and loss- both romantic and in friendship; they tell the story of loss and moving on.
Wylder will be performing at the Celebrate Fairfax! Festival on the Shock Top Rock stage on Sunday, June 12th from 11:30AM-12:30PM. Make sure to stop by and check out their new jams!