Get Gnarly, Toledo: Wilson headlines Frankie’sWritten by Mike Bauman | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Loud, energetic, unapologetic and always ready to have a good time, whether it’s playing in the basement of a mangy, sweaty house party in the dead of winter or sending concertgoers into a mud-slinging frenzy at Dirtfest, there’s nothing pretentious about the Detroit-based rockers in Wilson.
“We’re just some fucking gnarly, weirdo dudes from the Midwest that are giving it our all,” Wilson frontman Chad Nicefield said. “The success that we’ve seen at this point is all the people that come to our shows know that. They know what they’re getting themselves into.”
On Oct. 11, that quintet of gnarly, weirdo dudes in Wilson—Nicefield (vocals), Jason Spencer (guitar), Kyle Landry (guitar), James Lascu (bass) and Puhy (drums)—will bring its self-proclaimed “gnarly, northern, keg party rock n’ roll” to Frankie’s. And while these Pabst Blue Ribbon-loving rockers know how to party, making great music that they believe in is at the core of what they’re about.
“You’re paying your money to be entertained,” Nicefield said. “I don’t want folks to, like, hurt each other, or stare at the floor at a fucking rock n’ roll show. They should engage with each other, and I think that that’s deeply what I think nowadays is missing in our musical community or scene, if you will.
“And so what we try to do is go up there and spread that message, I guess, as thoroughly as we can with a half-an-hour of slamming our faces against a stage and pumping our fists in the air.”
Initially birthed out of Lansing as a college party band, Spencer is the only original member left from Wilson’s humble beginnings. According to Nicefield, in the early days when the group at that time got asked to participate in a battle of the bands event, they needed a name and just yelled out ‘Wilson!’
Though it’s generic and completely unrelated to the movie “Cast Away”—not to mention a name that when typed into Google yields millions of different searches—Wilson has almost become sort of a badge of honor for Nicefield and Co. in their grassroots effort to build a fan base.
“It’s something that we know we’ve carved out our own way,” Nicefield said. “Those people found us, you know? There’s nothing fake about it. So, I suppose at the end of the day what we do have in our own little world is a bunch of gnarly, rock n’ roll motherfuckers that are ready to party down with us, and we understand each other, I suppose.”
The current lineup of Wilson has been together for approximately two years. On the strength of 2010 EP “Standing On The Reel,” which sold out in two different pressings, Wilson has built a loyal following and played shows with the likes of Every Time I Die, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Between The Buried And Me and Escape The Fate, among others.
Wilson recently traveled to Los Angeles to record its debut full-length with producer Steve Evetts (Saves the Day, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Every Time I Die).
“We instantly got along from the moment that we pulled up to his studio to the last few hours where we were dangling around staring at Whole Foods’ chicks’ butts before we jumped on the plane,” Nicefield said of recording with Evetts. “The experience was awesome. It came out of nowhere.
“We got an email from the dude and decided to [do it]. We were all fans of his work in the past, and actually when we got the email, we thought we were just getting some spam from him because we signed up on his mailing list or some shit.”
Still an independent act, Nicefield said the goal right now for Wilson is to continue to promote both its music and other Detroit area music on the road wherever it plays, adding that the band aims to release its full-length debut early next year.
“If we’re going to do it on our own, yeah, we have a goal in mind,” Nicefield said. “If we’re going to go another route, we don’t really have a set date because of the obvious things that will change in that process, but we would definitely like to try to get the thing out at the very beginning of 2013.”
On Oct. 11, Wilson will perform with Cadaver Dogs, GOLD and Hour 24 at Frankie’s, 308 Main St. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door the day of the show. Advance tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, Ramalama Records (419-531-ROCK) and Culture Clash Records (419-536-LOVE). For more info, visit frankiesinnercity.com