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SNEAK PEEK: Indie folk Wylder releases new video, Bitter

 DMV staple Wylder has released a new video from their debut album, Rain and Laura. The track, Bitter, is a lighthearted and sweet song that evokes optimism in the face of adversity, conveying a feeling like getting over a somewhat messy break-up. Smooth vocals, steady guitars, and buoyant keys meld into a delightful song masking pain and sharing hope. The video calls upon the song's lyrical content to tell its story of a man trying to recover a part of himself lost in a recent uncoupling, at times resembling Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure and others recalling every rom-com where the ex-boyfriend goes crazy. It's fun, refreshing, and should be loved by any fan of Wylder's persona. Give it a watch and check out their next show at Picker's Supply in Fredericksburg. -Jonathan Goodwin


DC indie-folk pop Wylder release debut album, Rain and Laura, 4/8

DC's indie-folk maestros Wylder released their debut album, Rain and Laura, yesterday, 4/8. It's a beautiful journey of feeling, of clarity, of unlocking doors. This LP features supreme string work by Lavar Edmonds, carefully inserted in the tracks and adding the right emotional weight needed to rather somber progressions. All throughout, the ensemble strikes a plucky yet seasoned chord, expressing intimate emotion through gentle lead vocals and mandolin and held together by the drum work, acoustic guitar, and keys. The album is harmonic gold, blending lighthearted and earnest, wrapped in a bow tie of folk and indie vibes. Join the band on 4/22 at the Rock and Roll Hotel for their release party and take a journey of feeling by listening to this album. -Jonathan Goodwin


Wylder releases new music video for latest single, Swells

You've heard a lot about them from me, but Wylder is just too good to not write about. That said, here's a little treat to get you through the week: their new music video for Swells. A lighthearted, hopeful track, the music video is equally playful and invokes classic tropes of awkward male friendship and mismatched romantic pairings. Give it a watch because Friday's almost here and this dash of good vibes is just what the doctor ordered. -Jonathan Goodwin


Indie folk Wylder drop new single Swells, 2/15

If a beautiful were ever to be heard, it's certainly this new track from DC's own Wylder, a leading indie folk band in the city. Coming in hot off packed shows at the W Hotel and DC9, this friendly sextet is keeping up with their track record of great music. Swells is uplifting, sweet even, and makes full use of the band's talents - not many can pull of having a violin, mandolin, and keys on the same track, but Wylder certainly does. Throughout the song, you can hear each note struck and get lost in the melody before you realize it and it's guaranteed to make the day a better one. Catch them tomorrow night, 2/19, at the IOTA Club & Cafe in Arlington. -Jonathan Goodwin


Wylder covered Weezer's Blue Album at DC9, 2/6, with The Duskwhales and Broke Royal opening; all celebrate new releases

Last Saturday, 2/6, a beautiful thing happened at DC9 Nightclub. A sold out crowd was treated to a night of wonder as DC-based bands The Duskwhales, Broke Royals, and Wylder performed their superb music, with Wylder performing a full cover of Weezer's debut album. Despite a late start and minor feedback problems, this show was not worth missing.

The Duskwhales kicked off the night with their typically exuberant style, belting out fast-paced, dreamy indie rock. Channeling the best of times long past and the days ahead, their sound is the stuff of youthful excellence and highly stylized stage presence. Vocalist and guitarist Seth Flynn brings a unique flavor to the stage, bushy hair masking his face and ruby red fingernails flying over his guitar. This trio has a highly refined musicality and standout personality on the scene. They released a video for their latest single, Emerald Skates, today. Also, they've declared themselves the only thing worth knowing in Manassas, VA, aside from the Civil War battlefields.

Following up, Broke Royals pursue being the epitome of smooth, rocking out in vests and belting out feel-good alt rock. Drummer Colin Cross possesses stellar skills at the drum kit, frequently twirling a drumstick without error between beats, while lead vocalist Philip Basnight work the crowd into a bopping mass of adulation. Their performance was energetic and engaging and they really pumped up the crowd. They recently put out their third album, The Luxury of Time Pt. III, keeping it simple for fans, and they're releasing a new single, On My Way, on 2/19.

Headlining the night, indie folk group Wylder put their own spin on Weezer's Blue Album for the show, executing the cover perfectly and adding to the classic masterpiece with violin and keys. Hitting all of the high notes and owning the title of DC's best Weezer cover band, the band invited The Duskwhales onstage to sing along to The Sweater Song, which was thoroughly harmonious. Following the end of the album, Wylder rounded out the night with some of their originals, including their forthcoming release, Swells. The new single drops 2/15 and it is a fantastically upbeat, anthemic track.

-Jonathan Goodwin


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