Wilson Minds

The three-piece alt-rock band Wilson Minds are set to release their EP ‘Elevator Live’ on Saturday 29th at a special launch in Liverpool’s Shipping Forecast.

Hearing the American-sounding twang of vocalist Paul Wilkes, the toe-tapping cymbal beats of drummer Carl Brightman and the swinging riffs of bassist James Brogan, it is clear that the band have been heavily influenced by the stateside sounds of Neil Young and folky blues of Bob Dylan.

In the build-up to the launch the band have been posting video teasers and clips via their website. The grungy vocals, pulse-like bass and jangling drum beats of ‘Are You Ready?’ has set the mood for what is to come, guaranteeing enthusiastic anticipation. The black and white footage of Charleston dancers seems to fit nicely with the rhythm and Western-American sound of the song.

Previous singles ‘Merry Go Train’, ‘Face It Cracks’ and ‘Right To His Head’ are just as up-beat with hints of dark-rock-blues. The former’s melody is catchy and emotive with Wilkes singing about road-trips of self discovery, played over haunting riffs. ‘Face It Cracks’ is more chilled with quiet vocals and extended guitar solos. The song opens and closes with a dream-like melody before Wilkes’ vocals filter through. ‘Right To His Head’ is more grunge with a classic rock beat and anthemic chorus, belted out by the vocalist.

All the songs show huge potential for the young band, who seem to have a strong grasp of their own sound. If their debut 2013 12-track CD ‘I Am, We Are’ is anything to go by, these boys can expect a successful crowd of fans.

The band will perform a series of dates across the North West in April and May, following the launch. Limited edition hard copies of the band’s EP will be available to buy at their gigs and through their wilsonminds.com. To keep up to date with the band’s launch check out their Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud Pages.

Tickets for The Shipping Forecast launch can be bought on the door for £5, with doors opening at 8pm.

Tilly Martin