Lachlan from The Wildes performs 'Streets of My Home Town' for BalconyTV Melbourne
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"The Wildes sound something like a Gram Parsons-fronted Bad Seeds -- gospel tinged, blues driven and with a dash of gothic-Americana imagery..." -- Adam Kristiansen, Beat Magazine
From the very first line of title track and opener BALLAD OF A YOUNG MARRIED MAN, it was clear that The Wildes' debut album was a record unlike any other produced recently in either the country or rock and roll worlds.
Proudly wearing the influences of the old masters on their sleeves, The Wildes have emerged bearing an authenticity rarely (if ever) heard in Australian country music circles and scarcely matched in more fashionable genres.
When the disc was released earlier this year it quickly gained support from influential community stations such as Triple R, PBS and 4ZZZ and even flirted with more widespread coverage from Triple J, Radio National and local ABC Stations.
Local and even American critics were unanimous in their praise for the disc, each picking up on the strong narratives and understated production of an album variously described as 'alt-country', 'gothic country', 'country blues' or even 'rock n roll'.
The Wildes' slightly chaotic, ranch-party style live show garnered rave reviews as they launched the disc up and down the east coast, following their tour with a main-stage appearance on the final day of The Gympie Muster -- quite an invitation for a band that had not even existed twelve months prior!
In August a music video appeared on YouTube and was quickly added to rotation on Foxtel's Country Music Channel. Again The Wildes bucked the trend. Whilst made-up and airbrushed country music stars and glamorous extras appear in almost every other video, this young Melbourne band appear looking like death warmed up in a filmic colonial shoot-out that almost serves as a period prologue to The Dead Weather's 'Treat me like your mother ' clip (which coincidentally was released just a fortnight after The Wildes' video).
Now The Wildes are back in the studio, beginning pre-production for their second disc and making selected appearances around the country -- playing alongside acts that vary from art-rock to almost-mainstream country.
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