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The Wildes

DESCRIPTION: The Wildes are an alternative country band from Melbourne, Australia. They were formed in 2008 as a vehicle to perform the songs of lead singer Lachlan Bryan. In 2014 their album 'Black Coffee' won the Best Alternative Country Album award at the Tamworth Country Music Awards in Australia.


ACTIVITY PERIOD: 2009 - Current

MUSIC GENRE: Alternative Country


RECORD COMPANIES / LABELS (Current & Past): Select Global, WJO



Since emerging in 2009 with The Wildes first LP Ballad of a Young Married Man, Bryan has earned a reputation as a serious songwriter with a unique gift for plunging the depths of despair and depravity, only to emerge with a heart full of hope and tongue placed firmly in cheek.

Recently he’s shared stages with legends such as Steve Earle and John Hiatt, and appeared at major festivals from Byron Bay’s famous Bluesfest to Gympie’s infamous annual Music Muster.

In 2012 Lachlan released acclaimed solo album Shadow of the Gun, and embarked upon an epic 23 State tour across the USA. It was on this tour that he wrote most of what would become the new record, inspired by run-down hotels, roadside diners, desert landscapes and cheap, supermarket six-packs. The title track, for instance, was written at 9am on a napkin at a Mexican restaurant outside of Chicago.

The Wildes - aka Mat Duniam (drums), Shaun Ryan (bass) and Andy Wrigglesworth (guitar) – began playing together again last summer, and immediately embraced the new songs. On the album they are joined by Bill Chambers, Texan pedal-steel wizard Tommy Detamore, soul-diva Zo Rinkel and banjo-extraordinaire Rod McCormack. Special mention should be made of Melody Pool, Bryans longtime surrogate sister, who sings backing vocals on seven of the tracks and duets on album-closer Forty Days and Nights.

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Parent Category Page Links: Music Artists / Outfits - Australia

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