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story.lead_photo.caption Courtesy photo One of Kingston, Ontario's hardest working bands, indie rockers The Wilderness breeze through Fayetteville on their North American tour with a "real, sweaty rock 'n' roll show" Aug. 3 at Mojo's Pints & Pies.

Though they've only been making music as a group since 2015, Ontario rockers The Wilderness recognize the changing landscape that is the music industry and are shifting their focus from full, cohesive albums to individual singles they can produce as the inspiration strikes.

"I mean, an album sounds like a nice idea, but I think realistically, people don't necessarily have the attention span to listen to an entire album and really appreciate it," says bass player Karl Tombak. "If you're just recording one song, it kind of frees you up to be like, 'This song is free to be totally different than anything else. And it doesn't have to say anything about what we're going to record in the future.'"


The Wilderness

WHEN — Aug. 3

WHERE — Mojo’s Pints & Pies in Fayetteville

COST — Donations appreciated


The band's latest release, "Hurry Up And Wait," out in March, exists in that vein. And the next song they're working on is an even further leap in that direction, Tombak shares.

"I would like to see this band hunker down for a bit and take a serious look at some studio time so that we can really beef up our recording library with new content that's really good. Those are my only real stipulations for it -- it's got to be new and good," he says with a laugh. "Other than that, sonically or genre-wise, I'm pretty open to anything. That's what I like about this project is that we're totally independent. We get to make every single decision ourselves, so we have full creative power every single time."

In just three years, the hard working rockers have played more than 400 shows across North America, but they will be making their very first stop in Arkansas on Aug. 3. And though they've been experimenting in the studio, Tombak says simply that a good old sweaty rock 'n' roll show is their forte -- their bread and butter.

"One of the things I love that we've mastered is sort of just playing like there's thousands of people there, whether or not there are. So it doesn't really matter what the situation is like, we're always giving. Even though sonically it's not like it, [the show] feels, energy-wise, like a punk rock show."

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