‘Rocking, Multi-dimensional, Classic’ | Interview with Whereswilder

‘Every little word we say, well it doesn’t mean a thing’. Athens based rock quartet Whereswilder is showcasing their new album Movement In Place. Read our discussion with the artist below!

Describe your sound in three words

  1. Rocking
  2. Multi-dimensional
  3. Classic

What is the story behind your name?

The band’s name derives from the classic English illustration game “Where’s Waldo”. We liked the way it sounded and also how it looked when written.

You have performed in various venues. Also you did share the stage with iconic bands like The Last Shadow Puppets .Can you share something funny that happened during one of your gigs? And what would be your dream performance venue?

Performing on the same bill with Last Shadow Puppets was alone a bucket list moment.

The place it happened, Rockwave Festival was also a milestone for us as it is one of the biggest music festivals here.

Funny moments now.. In some cases when we ‘re into a really driving part of a song, like a guitar solo, Giannis (vocals, guitar) goes back to Manolis (drums) to rock out together. They always look cool but what people cannot actually hear is that Manolis keeps yelling “bravo” at him while bashing out the drumset.

Dream performance venue. Hmmm, let’s say we all grew up watching The Song Remains The Same a million times so Royal Albert Hall would be great…

How do you relate to the music scene of Athens?

We grew up in it and we watched it grow from a very early beginning, especially the rock, heavy rock part of it.

Our scene is full of interesting people, amazing musicians, all very willing to put the city on the global cultural map in terms of having something special to offer musically.

Name one Greek artist (active or not) with the quality to make an international career if they had used Foreign lyrics in their songs.

Too many to pin-point anyone actually. You see, Greece is a place of music, groove and spiritual expression. It’s only natural that many artists would have what it takes to make it anywhere in the world regardless of lyrics.

We should point out though that we enjoy Greek artists making it abroad while singing in their native language: eg. Marina Satti or Bazooka.

Listening to your catalog, your sound is very consistent. How easy though is it to stick to a coherent idea and not be carried away?

Over the years of jamming and playing together in all sorts of gigs as musicians we managed to create a way of thinking as four people while sounding as one.

This enables us to constantly experiment and try to evolve, without having to worry about losing any sort of binding elements to our music. We know our sound, we try to manipulate it and change it in any way we want to.

Favorite indie rock album of the past decade?

We loved Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino by the Arctic Monkeys.

Your biggest fear?

Losing one another. Stop creating music together.

Thank you!

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