The most compelling thing any new band can do is find its identity.
Wilderado takes what it does seriously. Not in a humorless way, mind you, but there's a humbleness to the way the band goes about its business — an attention to detail and an intension to conveying its music at the utmost level.
"Our rule is just to not try and hide anything from what we are and what we're doing," front man Max Rainer tells Q104.3 New York's Out of the Box with Jonathan Clarke. "I don't think any of us are trying to be southern rock, but if that comes out, we're not ashamed of it."
There might be a dash of southern music in what makes up Wilderado, but that doesn't tell the whole story. If pitch-perfect harmonies and the occasional acoustic guitar makes a band southern rock, then that might well be what Wilderado is.
The band members are well aware of their roots, in whatever genres those may be. But more importantly, Wilderado songs come of triumphantly whether the whole band is plugged in or if they have just a couple of acoustic guitars and a microphone.
The new Favors (Acoustic) EP, which is available now, proves that in spades.
Check out the full interview above, including the band's in-studio performance of "Favors."
Get all Wilderado's tour dates here.
Check out the official music video for Wilderado's "Sorrow":