Wildlife is an indie rock quintet from Toronto. They’ve been playing together since 2005. They briefly moved from Oshawa, Ontario to Glasgow, Scotland, but they missed Canada too much, so they returned home. In 2010, they released their debut album Strike Hard, Young Diamond, which was met with favorable reviews.
Their claim to fame is that when The Suburbs (2010) by Arcade Fire was leaked before its release, the song “Rococo” was replaced by a Wildlife song from Strike Hard, Young Diamond. The band cites Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, and The Clash among their influences, but their sound is definitely more indie than any of those.
They have a new album …On The Heart, which will be released on March 5. The new record was produced by Peter Katis, who has produced records by The National, Frightened Rabbit, We Were Promised Jetpacks, and The Twilight Sad. You know the iconic cover of The National’s brilliant album Boxer? That’s a photo of The National playing at Katis’ wedding. There’s your useless trivia of the day.
I had never heard of Wildlife before today, but I found tonight’s song at #2 on CBC Radio 3’s top 30 Canadian indie songs, and I liked it right from the drop. I’m short on time, so I’ll get right to it.
“Born to Ruin” by Wildlife
This is just a good, thunderous pop song.
For the first 20 seconds, it’s easy to spot the similarities between this band and the other bands that Katis has produced. After the lyrics kick in, there’s a bit of an Arcade Fire vibe, but they manage to execute that sound without sounding like they’re trying so hard. That’s my 20-second synopsis.
The album will be out on March 5 on Wax Records. While you wait for that release to come out, you should download the band’s wonderful daytrotter session. I know I sound like a broken record, but a subscription to Daytrotter will be the best investment that you’ll make all year. Just do it. Sign up using that link to the Wildlife session.