Upper Wilds (feat. Dan Friel) share the thundering,
triumphant title track from new album Mars:
Featuring guest vocals from Guided by Voices bassist Mark Shue, Jeff Rosenstock and more
Mars is due out on October 19th,
Upper Wilds touring east coast U.S. this fall
“As frontman for the late, great Parts & Labor, Brooklyn’s Dan Friel cultivated an ear for melody; as a prolific solo artist, he’s embraced breakneck velocity. Those tendencies collide ferociously in Upper Wilds” – Bandcamp
“In a world riddled and ruled by the stark raving average, we need the likes of Upper Wilds now more than ever.” – Tiny Mix Tapes
“While all these songs pose troubling questions, they are delivered with euphoric good cheer. The noise is loud and bubbly and fills your chest like highly carbonated optimism.” –Dusted
Ahead of the release of their sophomore album Mars on October 19th, Brooklyn trio Upper Wilds have shared the record’s thundering title track. Bristling with raw, chaotic energy, the track forms the focal point of the album’s narrative that imagines our colonisation of the red planet, building to a euphoric peak as humanity makes Mars its own. The resounding choruses are bumped up by guest vocals from a host of friends and collaborators, including Guided by Voices bassist Mark Shue and pop punk activist Jeff Rosenstock.
Recorded by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Boredoms), Mars sees the trio of Dan Friel (Parts & Labor), Zach Lehroff (Ex Models) and Jeff Ottenbacher dramatically expand their musical scope. Loud and visceral guitar lines are anchored by addictive melodies while driving bass and drums support soaring vocal harmonies and alien sounds. Using space and science fiction as tools to explore contemporary issues, Mars exploits a tension between the infinite potential of the cosmos and the gritty details of exploring it.
Upper Wilds will be touring the U.S. this fall, including shows at Hassle Fest in Boston and a hometown Brooklyn release show at Alphaville on Sep. 29th.
Upper Wilds fall 2018 tour dates
Sep. 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Alphaville
Oct. 27 – Cleveland, OH – The Happy Dog
Oct. 28 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout
Oct. 31 – Chapel Hill, NC – Nightlight
Nov. 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s
Nov. 2 – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
Nov. 3 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool
Nov. 10 – Boston, MA – Hassle Fest
Pre-order Upper Wilds’ Mars: