Catch Kelowna rockers ‘The Wild’ at Bo’s tonight

The Wild! to perform with Central Alberta locals Dusty Tucker. Catch the show tonight at Bo's Bar and Grill in Red Deer.

CLASSIC - Canadian rockers The Wild! are heading to Red Deer on Feb. 24th for a show at Bo’s. Their latest CD

CLASSIC - Canadian rockers The Wild! are heading to Red Deer on Feb. 24th for a show at Bo’s. Their latest CD

BY MARK WEBER

Heading to Red Deer this month are Canadian rockers The Wild! recently released a video for their track Ready To Roll from their superbly-crafted new CD Wild at Heart. They’ll be in town on Feb. 24th at Bo’s.

“When we made our first video, it was over the top and really turned a lot of heads,” says frontman Dylan Villain. Rounding out the band are The Kid on guitars/backing vocals, Boozus on bass and vocals and drummer Reese Lightning.

“So we knew when we were making this one, we had to really step it up.”

The video was filmed in the Okanagan near the band’s home town of Kelowna by longtime video director Stuey Kubrick.

“From lighting guitars on fire, jumping off cliffs, guns, random explosions, excessive pyro, playing our instruments on top of a moving RV while ripping down a desert highway and then actually blowing up that RV with explosives I’d say we did alright.” As for Wild At Heart the guys couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

“It’s been a real long time coming with this one a lot went into this record,” said Villain. “Another aspect of being so excited about it is with the success we saw with the first record, basically we grew a lot, and we became a bigger band and it was only natural that we would write and do a record that reflected that growth. It’s something that has been in us for a long time.”

The record took about a year to write.

“In terms of recording it actually took six months to complete which is a lot longer than it would normally take us and other bands as well. There were a few things that kind of slowed down that process but it was crazy because in going through them, it really shed some light as to what I especially was capable of as a musician and as a vocalist if we hadn’t experienced all that, we wouldn’t have the final product that we do today,” he said.

As to the video for Ready to Roll well, it’s going to be tough to top.

“What happens with our videos first of all is that we feel we own them as a rock band I don’t know any other rock band that does videos like ours,” said Villain. “We’re quite proud of that they are over the top, they are larger than life, they are gratuitous and that essentially is a complete amplified version of exactly who we are. So it’s only natural that our videos would reflect that.

“Once we finish them we kind of have this moment of how are we going to top that? With Ready to Roll, we had a tall order. We just get in these mind sets together where we really just egg each other on and it becomes this thing of well, why wouldn’t we do it?

“So after that one, I don’t know what we are going to do for the next one.”

Produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Airbourne, Aerosmith) at Armoury Studios in Vancouver, Wild At Heart will serve as the follow-up to their debut EP GxDxWxB which was released in 2015.

“Aside from his resume, there is just so much more to Mike,” explained Villain. “He worked on the first record with us, too. We’ve been quite close for some time now. He’s got this way about him he knows where I’m trying to take the music even prior to even getting into the studio.

“I don’t really have to stress to explain what I’m feeling. He’s such a stickler for getting it right, too. We also did not pull any punches in making this record because we knew that the songs were worth it.”

As for the recording process, Villain said it can be a bit daunting as he is something of a perfectionist. “We believe in music with conviction,” he said, adding the band’s music is a mixture of what, “The blues feels like, rock’n’roll sounds like, and punk-rock smells like.

“I’m also an overachiever for where I set the bar and I’m never really satisfied so it’s a blessing and it’s a curse without question,” he said with a laugh. “There is always something I can find that I don’t like. I have always dissected the music that has shaped me my entire life I’ve been listening to that music for years and years. So I know the things about it that move me that’s the bar. That’s the bar for me.”

As to the injection of punk and blues into the rock mix, Villain said it just comes naturally.

“I come by it honestly because I love both genres so much and I love rock and roll so much it’s who I am I love both of them equally and the thing about both genres that really ties them together is that raw honesty.

“The original blues players they meant it. It was music they were writing from the heart and it just came from such an honest place. And the same thing could be said about punk rock it wasn’t made to be a fad or to turn a profit it was made because it was just naturally coming out of these people.

“I feel that it’s something especially today that separates us from the pack.”

For Villain, pursuing music has been really the only path to take.

“Ever since I can remember, it just takes over me. There’s been no question this was what I was going to do with my life. I’ve known that since I was so, so young. I remember being about four or five I had a ukulele and I would imitate Elvis Presley! That’s where it all really started.

“I just haven’t known any other way my plan A was not having a plan B.”

mark.weber@reddeerexpress.com

 

Just Posted

Alberta is now below 3,000 active cases of COVID-19, as the province reported 2,639 Wednesday. (NIAID-RML via AP)
Red Deer below 100 active COVID-19 cases for first time since March

69.7 per cent of Albertans 12 and over have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Premier Jason Kenney says the provincial government is doing everything it can to encourage Albertans to get vaccinated. (Photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Travel prizes added to Alberta’s vaccine lottery

More than 40 travel rewards available for those who are fully vaccinated

Three calves were recently shot dead in Lacombe County near Mirror. (Photo from Facebook)
Calves shot and left for dead in central Alberta

Bashaw RCMP investigating three shootings

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

The Calgary skyline is seen on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
2 deaths from COVID-19 Delta variant in Alberta, 1 patient was fully immunized

Kerry Williamson with Alberta Health Services says the patients likely acquired the virus in the hospital

A vial containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a vaccination site in Marcq en Baroeul, outside Lille, northern France, Saturday, March 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michel Spingler
mRNA vaccines ‘preferred’ for all Canadians, including as 2nd dose after AstraZeneca: NACI

New recommendations prioritizes Pfizer, Moderna in almost all cases

House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., center left, reaches over to Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., joined by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., center, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus as they celebrate the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act that creates a new federal holiday to commemorate June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people after the Civil War, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 17, 2021. It’s the first new federal holiday since Martin Luther King Jr. Day was created in 1983. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Biden to sign bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday

New American stat marks the nation’s end of slavery

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Report calls for airlines to refund passengers for flights halted due to COVID-19

Conclusion: federal help should be on the condition airlines immediately refund Canadian travellers

Green party Leader Annamie Paul speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Paul has survived another day of party strife after a planned ouster shifted course, leaving her with a tenuous grip on power ahead of a likely federal election this year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul blasts ‘racist,’ ‘sexist’ party execs who sought ouster

Fallout has continued, with two of the federal council’s members resigning

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange’ in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)
Biden says meeting with Putin not a ‘kumbaya moment’

But U.S. president asserted Russian leader is interested in improved relations, averting a Cold War

Most Read