“Bold, full of angst and to the point but also filled with youthful exuberance and affirming righteousness” – Exclaim Magazine.
Wildlife strive to make vulnerable music for a safe-obsessed world.
The Toronto-based band’s most recent offering, On the Heart, isn’t a hard album to understand. It doesn’t attempt to cloud meaning behind the lyrics and melodies. On the contrary, it delivers an authentic experience and lets the listener become a part of it. And as Dean Povinsky (lead vocals, guitar) states, it “probably asks more questions than gives answers”.
Wildlife was formed in 2005, when Povinsky and a university friend decided take a chance and move to Glasgow, Scotland. The band plied their trade in the local indie music scene but eventually decided to return home and establish the band in Toronto. With the addition of childhood friend and guitarist Graham Plant, drummer Dwayne Christie, bass player Derek Bosom, Wildlife became a fully realized band.
They released their debut album (Strike Hard, Young Diamond) in 2010, and began to cultivate their audience further by playing shows with notable acts like J. Mascis, Hollerado, and Young The Giant. More fans took notice when SHYD had critics drawing comparisons to indie heavyweights and cred-certified Wolf Parade and Born Ruffians.
The band describes their new album as “an essay, a love letter, a tribute to the heart itself.” Working with producers Peter Katis (The National, Interpol), Gus Van Go, and Werner F (The Stills, Hollerado), the band released On the Heart at the beginning of March on Wax Records.
They play the Great Hall in Toronto on March 21st as part of Canadian Music Week.