Somehow you are using your blue jeans as a pillow; no wonder your butt is cold. Before you have time to wonder where you are or how you got there, you realize you must drink water. A lot of water. Even in the distorted reflection of the chrome-covered faucet, you can see the imprint of the carpet on your cheek. And then you remember ...
WILSON. Wilson did this to me. The party summoned you. From Pitchfork blind cities, over-prescribed suburbs, truant universities, and buck mad country roads come a strange mix of people that in normal circumstances wouldn't be partying together. But here they are. In front of the stage is a lump of humanity too tangled and sweaty to stereotype at all.
Wilson's music is aggressive. But take a moment to question where that aggression is being channeled. The crowd is energized but not hostile. You no longer fear the darkness inside of yourself. By the time the last double bass drum throbs into dull echoes, your heart, now back in the chest, feels fresh and clean. The ferocity of Wilson's party is compliments of five dudes: vocalist Chad Nicefield, guitarists Jason Spencer and Joel Matthews, bassist Drew Rambo and drummer Mike McGowan. RDW caught up with Spencer and Nicefield before their show at the newly formed Hybrid Moments.
What are your musical influences?
Jason Spencer: Any music with energy influences me to write, but I must say that loud, loud rock 'n' roll tickles my sack! When I see a kid having a good fucking time, I want to make that kid have a GREAT fucking time.
What's Wilson's "scene"?
JS: Wilson has dipped its tip into several scenes, but has yet to find the right fit ... which I enjoy. I guess you could consider us the random dudes that show up to a party, but get along with everyone in the end!
Chad Nicefield: We are not a "Metal" band. Sure we are definitely heavier than your typical rock 'n' roll act ... but we focus a lot on melody and pitch. The vocals are not screaming at you, they are yelling at you – controlling the conversation. There is still melody in the delivery. Wilson is a band that was created to give you a soundtrack to your life's most intense party. Think of that college, basement keg-party that you lost your virginity at, or that high school bonfire you chugged your first bottle of whiskey at, then blew chunks all over your girlfriend. THAT'S A FUCKING PARTY! | RDW
Wilson w/ Bahamut & Reverend • 3/26, 9 p.m. • Hybrid Moments • 22730 Woodward Ave., Ferndale • $3