Bands to Watch #185: Wilder

By on Friday, 23rd July 2010 at 12:00 pm

Bristol-based indie band Wilder were hotly tipped months ago by NME. While NME and I usually don’t see eye to eye, I have to say we are in complete agreement on this act. There’s a reckless yet happily joyful quality to the vocals and guitars on their brilliant single ‘Girls vs. Boys’ that reminds me of early Libertines. The band just signed to Rough Trade Records – not too shabby for a band whose name has been described as for ”40s film noir legend Billy Wilder and a weird bot from the original ’80s Transformers cartoon’ – and release ‘Girls vs. Boys’ in the UK on 26 July. They describe their sound as follows:

Think Friendly Fires, The Whip, The Rapture, The Gossip, the digital itch of Boy 8 Bit, new wave Talking Heads, some Neu! Kraut-groove, Captain Beefheart, the Velvet Underground, Little Richard, 50’s R&R and some foxy old art-school era Roxy Music. At least that’s what people tell us.

Piqued your interest yet? Even Steve Lamacq has championing them as a ‘New Favourite Band’ and you have until next Tuesday (27 July) to hear them on his 6music Drivetime programme. It’s really lovely to learn that band members are truly mates (I can’t even begin to imagine what the creative process is for bands whose members aren’t actually friends with each other) in the case of Wilder, they have a mutual appreciation for each other and that ‘pure love and chemistry’ and ‘mutual attraction’ definitely won out in their favour in forming the band.

Below are two videos, one for their single ‘Girls vs. Boys’, the other is a little interview clip they did for NME TV. Check them out.



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