Wilmette was brought to life in Illinois a little under two years ago, creating a sound, although pop punk, bordering on something a little harder that could easily put them in the ranks of A Day To Remember and Four Year Strong. Now, with their brand-new self-titled EP on the horizon, we chat to them about how the band came to be and the challenges of recording.
Words: Renette van der Merwe
Tell us a little about yourself. Where the name came from, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
We have been a band for a little under two years now. Wilmette has a really confusing past but essentially there was another project called “Cabin Fever” with Gage, Griffin, Aaron and Aidan. It didn’t really get its feet off the ground so a few months later we re-branded ourselves and changed our sound to be a bit heavier, while that was happening, I joined the band and Griffin had left. Space to Breathe and Anxious Body we’re written almost entirely by Gage on guitar and then Griffin joined the band again while we were recording Anxious Body but more so helped with supplementary sounds. After that release Gage decided that he had other priorities – this new EP was written mostly by Griffin on the guitars so it is definitely going to sound different from releases before, but he did a great job of creating something that still felt like mette.
Can you recall your very first memory of music?
I remember listening to the Dixie Chicks on my way to Minnesota as the first music I heard.
Who’s on your wishlist of artists that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
Belmont, The Story So Far, Knuckle Puck, Lil Lotus, and Lil Aaron.
“Wilmette have loaded their pop-punk rocketship with the fuel to get them [to the stars].”
You’ll be releasing your new self-titled EP in September – congrats by the way! What were some of the most fun and also most challenging aspects of recording it?
The most challenging part about this record was the transition of guitarists. I write the lyrics/vocals for the band so changing from working with Gage solely to Griffin solely was hard because there was a really long stage of us feeling each other out before we could create something that we both loved.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
Rising to the challenge, Wilmette have put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
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