'Latigo', is the second EP from emerging LA-based band Wilderado, formerly known as Bird Dog, and will be released on the 22nd July via National Anthem. The EP's lead single 'Wheat' was premiered by Radio 1's Huw Stephens last night.
The new music follows the band's debut EP 'Misty Shrub' which received
widespread praise for its equal parts intimacy to a brooding euphoria.
Peppered by four-part harmonies and devilish way with a hook and melody, Wilderado have quickly become well versed in the power of restraint, but the importance of playing every note like they mean it.
Vocalist Maxim Helmerich explains, "A lot has happened since we wrote and recorded these songs in 'Latigo'. Still, the songs carry the sound of that canyon, the memories from that house and the people we will always love. This EP is an ode to all of that."
Like 'Misty Shrub', 'Latigo' was produced by James McAlister (known for his work with Sufjan Stevens), mixed by The Shins' Yuuki Matthews and recorded in the band's own studio, set up in a dilapidated house in Latigo Canyon in Malibu, CA.
Wilderado is Maxim Helmerich (vocals, guitar), Tyler Wimpee (guitar, vocals), Colton Dearing (percussion, keys, vocals) and Justin Kila (drums). Two band members hail from Tulsa, OK while two grew up in Dallas, TX. They all came to L.A. around the same time and reconnected serendipitously.
"Impressive harmonies..." - NME
"It's this South-Central Americana-meets-Laurel Canyon vibe that first grabs your attention listening to these songs." - Paste