Out of the depths of the concrete jungle we call Toronto came a band called Wildlife. Their raw sound, boundless energy and immense heart evokes images of the leaping, soaring, running and racing creatures that make up their namesake. But most of all, they are my newest music addiction.
Wildlife and I have been passing ships in the night that is this Toronto music scene far too many times. Life, work and plain bad timing got in the way of my experiencing their legendary live performance, so I did what I could and drowned myself in their powerful new album …On the Heart. “Born to ruin” instantly became an anthemic earworm, not only for me but to the thousands of music lovers listening to mainstream and indie radio stations right here in the Tdot. And while listening to the album was great, I knew it wouldn’t be enough, until one day, the musical gods (and the band bookers at 102.1 the Edge) smiled down on me and the other Wildlife fans by giving the band a coveted slot during Edgefest on their emerging artist stage. And man, was that show ever worth the wait. Wildlife is a must see live band; their passion and charisma, while expressed on their recordings, are pummelling forces when they’re in front of you, on stage in all their sweaty, music making glory.
Do yourself a favor and check out their next live show. And do yourself an immediate favor and check out my interview with Wildlife frontman Dean Povinsky, and photos from their Edgefest set. Then run, don’t walk, to your nearest record store and pick up a copy of …On the Heart the moment you’re finished.