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The Wilderness SK

The Wilderness

Guitarist and singer Denis Bango is a genius, a guitar destroyer, a phenomental pianist and a great curator who has been picking bands for our Garage for the second year in a row. Just recently, they released their first video for the song "Čo s tým hnevom" (also created at Pohoda 2018 with a guest from Pussy Riot), which Hudba.sk described as the Video of the Year. At the beginning of the year, they played in one of the biggest venues in the centre of Groningen, De Drie Gezusters, at the alternative Eurosonic event, becoming the most discussed band of the Slovak expedition to ESNS. In two months they’ll perform at Pohoda again, this time at Budiš stage after midnight.

Rádio_FM in Rudi Rus Headbangerʼ show. This is how he introduced the band last year: “Dáša Fon Fľaša speaks of them as of the best Slovak punk, Shooty thinks they recorded the Slovak version of Nevermind, and Sveťo Korbeľ said they were his most favourite Slovak band.” The Wilderness is a DIY HC/punk band that has been active since 2011. So far, they have recorded three albums, the conceptually arranged The Wilderness III being the most bulging. The last released EP is 2015. In their lyrics, they focus on the political, religious and socio-critical topics, philosophical and moral dilemmas, conflicts of subjective vision of the world and objective reality. They organise concerts for other punk bands from around the world under the banners of the Consume and Die! crew. In 2016, they toured Balkan countries and were guests of the show Headbanger_FM in early 2017. As they themselves said: “currently they consider themselves the most over-acclaimed Slovak band. However, they do killing believe in what they do, and mean every track totally seriously”. In a review of their eponymous album, Renat Khallo acknowledged the “great raw sound, uncompromised feeling, original arrangements, and meaningful philosophizing rebellion”. He gave the best description of their work by saying they are “a punk crazy storm without clichés and infantile language”. Currently, Denis has also begun to produce records for other bands, Wilderness themselves are working on a new album that should be released this year and you’ll chance to hear what it sounds like at Pohoda 2019.