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In the basement bar of Music Hall of Williamsburg a couple days ago, I got the chance to sit down and chat with the indie band Wilderado. We chatted about all things ranging from the start of the band to their first ever album. The band later performed an unbelievable show as an opener for the psychedelic, eccentric band Sure, Sure. Read below to hear more about what Wilderado band told us about their past, present and future.

Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. Can you guys start off by telling me how Wilderado came together as a band?
Yeah! Three of us went to college together [total of 4 members]. Two of us are from Texas and two of us are from Oklahoma. We all started out in LA. We all ended up out there and started playing music [together] and next thing you know we were recording songs up at a house in Malibu. Now three of us are married, two of us are back in LA while two of us are back in Tulsa and we’re just writing and touring pretty constantly.

Where did you guys go to college in Texas?
Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Three of us attended that school.

You guys have been touring with Sure Sure for a little bit now, is there a connection between the two of you guys that made you two want to tour together?
Our agencies just linked us up. It’s pretty unromantic. But there’s a lot of connection going on between us now. We really love those dudes. Very, very beautiful people. Quite honestly, it has been one of the more fun trips just because of them. I think we’ve had a lot of fun just getting to know them. They’re sweet guys and easy to work with. So yeah, we’ve really enjoyed it.

Do you see a collaboration?
Oh man, I would. If they ever wanted to collaborate on something I would say yes pretty fast.

And you’re just touring the US on this leg of tour?
Just the states but we are going all over the place. We started in San Diego and going as far as Boston and then end in LA. We will be hitting 23/24 towns. It’s cool to see new places. In 30 days.

You guys are embarking on a tour across the United States, do you have favorite locations? Is there a specific reason as to why?
Ah, New York for sure. We have a pretty good draw here. We have a sort of romantic connection with it. It was kind of one of the first things we did, we came to new york. There is also kind of this buzz around coming to this city with a purpose so it feels cool to be coming to this city to be playing a show. You know, like this world class, world famous city, putting on a show is pretty fun to do here. It feels like a bit of an honor. To be coming all the way up here [from Oklahoma and California] to be playing a show is special.

What have you guys enjoyed most so far on this leg of tour?
This leg, like where we are right now, I mean this is the part of the tour where the set start to really feel good, you start feeling confident, reactionary rather than trying to remember your parts. I’ll say it over and over again but, honestly, the best part of this tour so far has just been hanging out with this band [Sure Sure]. It’s just been fun to watch them, they’ve been cool and it’s fun to watch them, learn from them, hear them. Their music is just really sophisticated.

You guys don’t have an album out yet, correct me if I am wrong here.
No, we just have EP’s.

Can we expect an album sometime soon from you guys?
Yeah, I mean it’s something we are working on but we don’t just want to put out a record to just put out a record for its own sake. I think right now we are really just collecting songs, and writing, and touring but for sure that’s the idea. We are all very romantic about it, we want Wilderado LP 1 very badly, it’s a huge goal.

Who are your musical influences?
I think for the band it’s a lot of Third Eye Blind, Kings of Leon, and real early Coldplay. Crosby Stills and Nash. It’s a lot of thing honestly.

If you collaborate with any artist dead or alive to write a song who would it be and why?
Max:
Miley Cyrus! I wanna sing with Miley, I wanna know what it’s like. I’m dead serious. I think she’s awesome.
Tyler:
I may be saying this because we just saw Paul McCartney, but I think George Harrison. I’ve always liked his solo stuff and the way he told stories about himself. I think he had a lot of influences on the guitar melodies and guitar lines we’ve wrote.
Colton:
Since you brought up The Beatles, I think Paul.
Justin [Drums]:
I’m just gonna agree there with The Beatles!

– Sabrina A.

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Last week I got to spend my Saturday night surrounded by some great people and even better music. Sure Sure with supporters Plastic Picnic and Wilderado wrapped around to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to play venue Music Hall of Williamsburg for Halloween weekend. The bands delivered some incredible music to the crowd that left me quite astonished. The show they put on was just so well produced and was so good for just an indie band barely making it in this scene.
Indie band Sure Sure got alternative underground band Plastic Picnic to open for them for this specific date. Although this band [Plastic Picnic] hadn’t been touring all the dates with Sure Sure and Wilderado, they are definitely to be noted when discussing this show. Plastic Picnic, for being a band with little to no releases, proved themselves to be such an interesting band. The band have a unique guitar sound that is intricate and interesting compared to other alternative-music sounds, the band matches this with a deeper vocal composition which is uncommon to hear against the chorus pedal on a guitar. The band has a remarkably unique sound to them but it’s not the only thing that caught my attention. The band had such a good stage presence. With their involvement in the crowd, you could tell the band is filled with people who care for the music and for those who support their dream to become something. Check out their photos and their links below:

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The next band to find their way onto the stage with rough low-lighting was Wilderado. I got the chance to speak with the band in a personal interview before the show, I can’t wait for you guys to see what the band had to say when talking about the future of the band. The idea of an album release from these guys is so exciting to be discussing, especially after seeing what this band had to offer for us last Saturday. Wilderado are the perfect mixture of indie and rock with an almost country/blues touch to the vocal structure of the lead singer Maxim. It’s something I have hardly seen a mixture of in the indie scene but I personally love the band’s sound and I think they are going to be blowing up on their first album which is in the making. Wilderado were another band that took me by surprise this night as I didn’t know what to expect but I was blown away by what the band had shown us that night with their musicianship. Stay tuned for the interview here at ‘The Reclusive Blogger’ and check out the photos I got of their set below.

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The last band of the night to come out for the show was Sure Sure. If i wasn’t already blown away by the other two acts, then Sure Sure had definitely done it for me. The band has a fascinating and distinctive sound to them. Sure Sure has a total indie rock vibe to them following suit to the aesthetic of the whole show but the way they also connect these enthralling psychedelic synth and keyboard sounds to mix with the delicate guitar that is so prodigious was something that caught my attention instantly. The guitar is something that has to be noted as the guitarist was someone who pulled the band together with the complex yet captivating sounds he produced. The riffs of the guitar were out there when it comes to something that is delicately crafted and given thought to. The way the band connected the guitar, at times, to the synth was interesting but the idea alone of the skill level of the guitarist is something that must be noted. This guy seriously knows what he is doing, the guitar is absolutely one of the best concepts of this band. To tie it together, the band had a great image and too small of a following for who they are. Sure Sure is another band, with their first album release, who are going to be blowing up the scene. The band is just simply so talented and already mesmerizing attracting large crowds. I can see such a bright future for this band and can’t wait to hear and see more. You can view their photos below …

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– Sabrina A.

California based ska punk band Reel Big Fish brought their high energy show fromThe Tickle My Tiki Torch Tour around to the people of Rochester, New York. The band played the rock venue Anthology on Saturday (10/20/18) to a crowd ranging of all ages. This is something that I truly love about the band as they don’t only attract their older crowd from the 1990’s, the year in which they surfaced the scene, but they also attract a crowd of teens, sometimes even younger, as the band is overall just a good time for everyone. They are one of the only bands I know of which have a horn section and yet get crowd surfers for every single song.
I got the pleasure to see the band for the second time around but this time playing their own show for an overpacked venue, the most crowded I think I have seen the 1,000 person capacity music hall. The set ranged from newer songs to songs off of some of their first few albums the band even played some covers of classics which everyone knows. From start to finish, everyone was moving and there wasn’t a single song where people stood still. Overall, I am excited to hear what the band offers us with their newest release which will mark their 29th release as a Reel Big Fish. Stay tuned for more to come from the band and check out some of the photos I took last Saturday!

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– Sabrina A.

After 24 years Vans Warped Tour has come to an end. It’s been one incredible summer to experience unforgettable memories with music, friends, and opportunities. One of the first opening bands on one of the main stages at VWT was Issues at the Journey’s Right foot stage. People were coming in and waiting in the crowd were ecstatic to witness Issues perform. The energy from the crowd was crazy! They were jumping around and creating a mosh circle in the middle for Tyler to see. Next to take the stage on the Journey’s Right foot stage was Set It Off. Set It Off are no stranger to the Warped Tour scene but this year was selected as a special guest to attend couple dates. They began the set with their new single “Killer In the Mirror”, then with the crowd favorite “The Haunting” while during part of the chorus Cody decided to sing along with the crowd. It was a joyful moment as he held onto the crowd for support and to hear them sing back his songs.

The next set to play was Silverstein, the band’s lead singer Shane took the time to thank Kevin Lyman for letting them on VWT stage for the past 15 years. They then followed up with playing “Smile In Your Sleep” with lead guitarist Paul playing his heart out. Another stage in VWT was the Ernie Ball one. It featured some upcoming bands like Palaye Royale. The bands had started off with “Don’t feel Quite Right”, the energy of the crowd was so upbeat once these band of brothers set foot on the stage.
For certain dates, there would be selected special guest one of them being Asking Alexandria. The crowd lost it once they started with “The Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)” before continuing with “Into the Fire” another crowd favorite. Rhythm guitarist Cameron always feeds off the crowd’s energy when going out onstage and rocking out. One of the most important things for me at a show or festival is seeing how the crowd reacts, whether by screaming, putting their hands up in the air, the horn symbol or just by watching what’s in front of them during the set.

State Champs fans were so eager since it felt like a home show for the band who is from Albany, New York. From the bass player, Tony getting lost in the music while playing to Ryan screaming his heart out on “Dead and Gone”. Playing on the Owly.FM stage was Makeout, they won in a competition for Battle of the Bands in 2014, playing nine shows in VWT in 2015 and now playing all summer. Lead singer and front-man Sam hitting the stage with “Childish” and the entire atmosphere of the audience. The Amity Affliction took to the Journey stage, with the crowd sensing the mood to go wild it was quite the freeing feeling being able to express themselves through the music. During “Open letter” bass player Ahren took part of leading the crowd through singing the breakdown letting the crowd take part of the show. Lastly, Tonight Alive entered the stage to perform. One of the female fronted bands at Vans Warped Tour. Having Jenna step onto the stage and command the crowd was a delight to see. It was a great way to end 24 years of Warped Tour.

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Black & White pics from my trip to NYC back in March …