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The Suburbanite
  • Rowdy garage band The Wilds is coming to town

  • They’re called The Wilds because they’re wild, this rock ’n’ roll band from Oklahoma by way of Marietta, Ohio, that’s hitting downtown Canton’s Buzzbin Shop on Saturday night.

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  • They’re called The Wilds because they’re wild, this rock ’n’ roll band from Oklahoma by way of Marietta, Ohio, that’s hitting downtown Canton’s Buzzbin Shop on Saturday night.
    “We’re passionate,” vocalist-guitarist Seth Anderson said, via telephone from Marietta. “We have a lot of faith in our music. As long as that comes through, that’s the essence of rock.”
    As for showmanship, “We get pretty rowdy. I usually bleed almost every show because I’m really into what I’m doing.”
    Judging from a handful of songs the band recorded in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Wilds’ music is raw and rocking, full of fire and unbridled excitement.
    Q. What drew you guys to Marietta, of all possible destinations?
    A. “Being from Oklahoma, all of us have a background in the oil business. Ohio is getting a lot of play, so we came up here for work.”
    Q. So you guys are roughnecks?
    A. “We do more, like, title stuff although roughnecks would be way more rock ’n’ roll. Our main reason for moving up here was music. The jobs just gave us the opportunity.”
    Q. Tell me about your new life in Marietta.
    A. “Marietta is a weird town. It’s so close to West Virginia. On Front Street, there’s a brewery and a couple of cool bars, but not far away, out of the comfort zone, there’s a little bit of that ‘Deliverance’ stuff going on. But I like Ohio, it’s a really good place. We’ve played in Canton and Cleveland. We’re still trying to break into Columbus.”
    Q. Has your band been together awhile?
    A. “Yes. We used to be called the Saturday Sirens, which is an Oklahoma reference that didn’t fit here. Every Saturday in Oklahoma at noon, they play tornado sirens. So we changed it to The Wilds.”
    Q. How many songs do you guys have?
    A. “Roughly 30 original songs. We don’t play covers anymore. We used to do David Bowie and Tupac, those are some of my influences. Some of our older original songs sound like Modest Mouse. Our newer material is more like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.”
    Q. I love your song “The Wolf.” When you scream “Can you feel it?” it makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck.
    A. “The wolf is the metaphor for how it goes onstage for me. In real life, we’re all reserved but when we play, something happens. I got bit the first time I went onstage. There’s no way to stop how I feel when I’m up there.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Q. The song “Whiskey” is another favorite.
    A. “ ‘Whiskey’ was the first song we wrote in Ohio. I had to leave my girlfriend. That song’s about her and basically all of our relationships that we had to sever. ... I have an apartment here in Marietta. We’re trying to stick around until something takes us to the next big deal.”
    Q. How did your first show at Buzzbin go?
    A. “It was an icy, snowy night. There were maybe five or 10 people there. I don’t think they expected to see what they saw. The people who showed up seemed to love us. Mike (Nasvadi, Buzzbin’s owner) was super from the get-go. Nobody has ever stepped up and been behind us before like that.”
    Q. I like this photo of your Winnebago. I thought maybe you guys lived in it.
    A. “We got it for 3,000 bucks. We all saved up. The first thing we did was tag the side with The Wilds. It’s pretty much been a place where we get drunk and play acoustic guitars. It hasn’t hit the road yet because it has no heater. We’re waiting for summer to come around.”