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Fast Five: Josh Flowers & The Wild



How did you meet and what’s the story behind your band name?

Squiff: I met Josh when I was asked to come in and record some cello on his solo stuff. We shared a few shit jokes over a nandos and the rest is history.

Josh: The name The Wild came after considering a few ‘& The’ options. This one fitted best with the direction our live shows were taking and we like the simplicity of it.

Dave: Our old drummer Bernie was given my number by a guy from my church. He sent me a very cryptic text, then we met and had coffee. After chatting about Rage Against The Machine for about an hour he thought it would be best to meet the band. I turned up at a rehearsal, smashed through the tunes and we all got on instantly. That was over 2 years ago now…

Reuben: YES

How would you describe your music?

Josh: That’s always a difficult question. Essentially I guess it’s a raw blues rock sort of sound meeting word driven songwriting and a cello. Plus some country harmonies.

Squiff: Jack White meets Neil Young, and Deer Tick

Dave: A filthy blend of blues and rock with a love for song writing at it’s foundations.

Reuben: NO

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

For the last year we’ve been gigging and writing a lot, and more recently starting to record. Just last week we released our first new track in 2 years which is very exciting, it’s called Jacques Cousteau. We’re basically coming back as a totally new band in terms of our sound and our outlook, since teaming up with great new management and working with Martin Terefe at his studio. Over the coming months we’ll be putting out more tracks to stream and then an EP which will be available through iTunes as well as on vinyl. We have lots of upcoming shows in the pipeline too.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Squiff: John McCauley from Deer Tick. His songwriting is so good. You listen to him sing and it makes you wish you’d smoked 60 a day. He sounds amazing.

Josh: Agreed. I’d love to work with Sufjan Stevens too. Probably on a really weird concept project. That no-one would ever listen to haha.

Dave: If the Civil Wars could officially get their business sorted and get back on the road then a duet with them would be nuts

Reuben: YES

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

Josh: I think as a band we’d choose Rage Against The Machine’s eponymous album. That’s pretty much our go-to touring record, especially when energy levels are low in the band wagon!

Squiff: For me, at the moment I’d probably take Brother by The Black Keys. It’s got riffs, great vocals, songs to dance to, songs to calm you. But most of the time it’s KID A by Radiohead.

Dave: I’m seconding Rage Against The Machine…

Reuben: NO


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