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Secular Music

by Wilding

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Los Angeles trio Wilding release their debut EP Secular Music via Friendship Fever on 28 April. Fronted by visionary songwriter Dave Woody, formerly of 90s indie fuzz-rockers Fiver, he is joined by Andrew Platts on drums and bass player Bowman. Wilding’s is at once harmonic, melodic and even dark at times dominated by scuzzy, chiming guitars and a heavy back beat, with Dave’s voice soaring above the cacophony in a register all its own.
Wilding shared the video for the track "Ghost Deer" with Stereogum, who said; "The clip splices scenes of Dave Woody and his bandmates performing with images of astronaut training and space shuttle launching with pillars of smoke left in its wake. The dimly lit video often fades to darkness, leaving nothing but the bright flames of takeoff against the band’s wall of noisy guitar distortion."

Originally from Modesto, California, Dave Woody emerged from the same scene that launched Grandaddy. As frontman of Fiver, he garnered a long list of accolades over the span of three LPs, the first of which was produced by Jason Lytle. With Fiver he toured with Death Cab for Cutie, played alongside the Silversun Pickups and opened for Frank Black in London.

Wilding has roots meandering back to the early 2000s whilst Woody was working on other projects. Standing apart from the homegrown California scene-shifters, the songs he was working on embodied a kind of symphonic noisy bliss that made perfect sense. As he explains; "Wilding has always felt like a different kind of energy to me. There is a darkness there, but it gets delivered in this burst of light and energy. We're pretty much guaranteed to wind up disappointed, but we can never give up that search for something better inside ourselves. Destroy complacency. These songs shine a light on the dark."

The five beautifully crafted fuzz-pop songs on the Secular Music EP have dizzyingly varied themes. “Ghost Deer” is an ode to the unknown genius plodding away in the shadows, whereas “Skin Shells” is a slacker-take on Plato’s cave allegory in a two-minute pop song. “Haunted Mouth” is inspired by a tape-recording found by the FBI at the infamous site of the People’s Temple/Jim Jones tragedy and “VCR” was inspired by a My Bloody Valentine song.


released April 28, 2017

Dave Woody: Guitar, Vocals
Andrew Platts: Drums
Bowman: Bass



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Dave - guitar / vox
Andrew - drums
Bowman - bass

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Track Name: Ghost Deer
you’re always coddling their minds
you’re always covering your eyes
you’re always spoiling the surprise
I don’t wanna know
cautionary tales
customary lies
coronary fails
momentary lives
you’re all dressed up & then morning comes
& no one even noticed
you’re all messed up
& losing touch
you’re going on & on & on
getting nowhere always starting over
going nowhere starting any moment
falling fevers
broken pieces
modern dreamers
our deceivers
getting nowhere always starting over
going nowhere starting any moment
Track Name: Skin Shells
recognize sound & shapes
compromise undefined
awkward phase
on display
modern days runaways
fortune said, "stay in bed"
socialites magnified
our decay's no debate
Track Name: Hot Prowl
happiest when you're starting to wake up
then you know, then you don't 
then get dressed
and get started for the door
then it's dark
then it starts
at the parties when your talking to yourself
then you stop, then you go
all the garbage that they wanted you to know
then forget what it's for
paranoid what you're starting to make up
suit yourself, just because
chemicals turn your body into dust
then it stops, then it slows
bad advice taking twice the normal dose
then you sleep, then you doze
then it starts
all the breaking in your heart
then it's gone
then echoes
all the noises when you're talking to yourself
then you stop 
then let go
and the voices you're pretending not to know
then they stop
then explode
someday now 
Track Name: Haunted Mouth
signals & miscellaneous echoes & conversation(s)
count all the seconds, learn all the patterns
cycle the situations
sick of the simultaneous disgust & fascination
dreams won’t go away
you’re literally seeing things
in the dark and on the walls
in the yard and in the hall(s)
glittering fever dreams
in your mind and out your mouth
in your eyes and all around
all our faces are erased, no ones gonna know our/your name(s)
all our welcome’s over-stayed tonight
no one’s gonna stay the same, no one’s gonna come explain
auto-fades and no escape in sight.
Track Name: VCR's and Samurai Swords
desensitized and mesmerized
in principal
conceptualize our paradise...
over & over & over & over & over &
over & over & over & over & over again
same shit
different day
deemphasized & paralyzed
contextualize our parasites
best guess, no doubt
let down