Wildlife are a group that pump out powerfully catchy tunes that marry many genres. Based out of Toronto, Canada, their latest album On the Heart is set to be released March 5, 2013. Wildlife caught up with AMBY to tell us about their musical and geographical inspirations, and the scoop behind their sound!
AMBY: For all those prospective listeners out there, how would you describe your sound?
Wildlife: I’d say our sound is a kind of mixture of romance and violence. It’s as if rock band found a rock rap punk band in an alley and groped it but then tried to convince it that it was totally consensual and then they sparked up a beautiful relationship while discussing said mishaps over a couple Manhattans while listening to the latest Taylor Swift album.
AMBY: You’re new single Born to Ruin is a catchy teaser for your forthcoming album On the Heart. What was the inspiration behind the track and the album as a whole?
Wildlife: The main inspiration for this song was “Born to Run”, but pretty much only in title. I liked the idea of flipping that phrase on its head. In Born to Run, it sounds so triumphant and optimistic, but is it really? Born to Ruin is kind of the opposite: It sounds ominous or negative, but maybe it can be a good thing. A lot of the time you have to go through something completely destructive to come out with something positive on the other side
AMBY: How has growing up in Ontario influenced, if at all, your music?
Wildlife: I guess growing up playing music here and being surrounded by people involved in those scenes was an influence. Growing up in Ontario has definitely affected my understanding of the world and how you treat people. But I don’t think that there’s anything distinctly “Ontarian” or Canadian about our sound, the way you could say there is with a lot of other bands who sort of go after that thing. It’s just a pretty fun, normal place, so it’s just the brain you’re given or your family that decides whether you go crazy or not.
AMBY: Stand in the Water is a personal favourite; which of your songs do you most enjoy playing?
Wildlife: I still like playing that one a lot. It’s fun, and people sing along, and that’s always the best. For me, so many of our songs are so wild or upbeat that as the singer I sort of cherish when the slower songs come around. I’m really liking playing one of our songs off this new record called “Don’t Fear”.
AMBY: What’s one of your favourite moments experienced as a band?
Wildlife: When Graham threw a Gatorade bottle at Tim and he didn’t catch it and it hit him right in the face. Right in the face.
AMBY: If you could travel anywhere to play, where would you and why?
Wildlife: Oshawa, but after having seen the Intervention Canada episode. We want to find Justin. Somewhere on a tropical island at this point. I haven’t been anywhere like that. We’ve been lucky enough to see a lot of different places, and I’ve travelled a lot personally but never to your stereotypical paradise. So if we could set up a residency on Fiji or Bali, I’m in…
AMBY: Any bands stand out as long term inspirations for your music?
Wildlife: The Everly Brothers, Sam Cooke, The Clash, The Constantines, Howie D
AMBY: If you could meet anyone, who would it be?
Wildlife: Joe Strummer (week long road trip, transcendental, film-like bliss) or Rob Ford (just feel sad the whole time)
AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?
Wildlife: Being the first band to human centipede while playing an entire set. Oh and our new album “…On The Heart”
AMBY: And lastly, what’s something about Wildlife that nobody knows yet?
Wildlife: We met through missed connections on Craigslist.
Thank you very much Wildlife, for giving us your answers!
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Alicia Atout & Nadia Kaakati