Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on November 19, 2008

DOWNLOAD: Wilderness - Strand the Test of Time (MP3)

Wilderness's new record (k)no(w)here was released by Jagjaguwar on Nov 4th.

Written for a performance at this year's Whitney Biennial, this obnoxiously titled release continues Wilderness's exploration of icy post-punk that falls tonally between PiL and U2. Guitarist Colin McCann uses delay and echo to create repetitions similar to those of the Edge and Keith Levene; the slowly shifting harmonies from Brian Gossman's calm bass gives those repetitions forward movement -- something similar to the dub influence of Jah Wobble and the solid simplicity of Adam Clayton. Singer James Johnson, meanwhile, has a howl that combines the idiosyncratic style of John Lydon with the populist war cry of Bono: Johnson's voice bays and every note seems to emanate from the back of his throat before tightening into focus. As for songs, the band lets them flow into one another to create a 40-minute piece. This could prove strenuous, but the album is more contemplative than didactic -- a (k)no(w)here that's difficult to study but easy to inhabit. [The Phoenix]
Tonight, Wedesday November 19th, Wilderness kick off a tour in NYC with a show at Cake Shop followed by a Thursday night show at Union Pool. Both shows are with San Serac. Video from the Whitney performance, and all tour dates below...

2008 Whitney Biennial: Charles Long presents Wilderness

Wilderness - 2008 Tour Dates
11/19- New York, NY - Cake Shop *
11/20- Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool w/ The Violet Hour, San Serac
11/21- Providence, RI - Narwhal Arms * and Siren Cult
11/22- Baltimore, MD - Floristree
11/23- Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox *
11/24- Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern *
11/25- Chicago, IL - Schubas *
11/26- Bloomington, IN - Jakes Nightclub w/ Tammar, San Serac
11/29- Asheville, NC - Harvest Records *
11/30- Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
12/01- Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree *
12/02- Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
12/03- Houston, TX - The Mink w/ Balaclavas, Guitars, San Serac
12/04- Austin, TX - Emo's *
12/06- Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture *
12/07- Phoenix, AZ - Modified
12/08- San Diego, CA - Casbah w/ Moonrats, San Serac
12/09- Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
12/10- Santa Cruz, CA - The Crepe Place w/ Moonrats, San Serac
12/11- San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill w/ Wildbirds and Peacedrums, San Serac
12/12- Arcata, CA - The Lil' Red
12/15- Portland, OR - Rotture

* w/ San Serac



Comments (13)

Give me a fuggin break. Do we really need another outlandish bold frontman w/ a beard? When will that schtick finally be put to rest? Watch the clip and see if this dude resembles another dude who gets promoted here and elsewhere . . .

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 1:30 PM

one of the cases of when pitchfork's "best new music" tag (twice I might add) has done absolutely NOTHING for this band

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 1:30 PM

The outlandishness is utterly boring. Johnny Rotten did the whole, "I am so bored w/ this performance thing" so much better, well, 30 years ago.

Plus, their bio sounds awful.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 1:45 PM

that's not their bio. That's a review from the Phoenix

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 1:48 PM

This band is awesome. You people dissing based upon the frontman's beard or their internet bio are inducing my almost debilitating eyerolling. Go away.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 1:49 PM

they're no Girl Tak

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 1:49 PM

"Do we really need another outlandish bold frontman w/ a beard?"

you are racist against beards?

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 1:50 PM

beards need to go away

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 1:57 PM

god invented beards. man invented razors. I believe in god.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 2:08 PM

PiL please reunite!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 2:13 PM

I believe in razors and coke

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 2:18 PM

ever heard of Lungfish? bet these guys have.

Posted by Anonymous | November 19, 2008 4:16 PM

their first album was very good. i went to see them play at union pool after their second album, and ended up leaving before they finished. about 40 minutes into their set they hadn't played a single song from the first album, and they were simply boring. beardedness aside, they aren't very interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | November 20, 2008 10:53 AM

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