Wilderado: Spring 2024

HI-FI Annex (Indianapolois, IN)

Early summer is the best time to stand under the fading sunlight and sway to some good old live music. Oklahoma natives Wilderado provided the perfect atmosphere for blissing out at the HI-FI Annex in Indianapolis, Indiana on a perfect evening in June. The indie-folk group are touring to promote their upcoming record, Talker, which is set to release in September. Frontman Max Rainer voiced how difficult it was to bring the band’s second record to life, but each song from Talker has such an easy genius feeling to it, you could convince me the band wrote it in minutes.

Wilderado opened with one of the singles from their upcoming record, “Tomorrow,” and the crowd immediately broke out in shameless dance. It’s always so beautiful watching people lose themselves in the music they love, and Wilderado fans all seem to be such happy and lively souls. The band grooved through the setlist playing most of the songs from their 2021 self-titled album including the dreamy hit, “Take Some Time,” which has personally lived on the majority of all the playlists I’ve ever made.

Watching the band connect with the crowd is always so special, and it was clear that the folks of Indianapolis struck a chord in the band that reminded them of home. Towards the end of the night, Wilderado played a few of their older singles, including the sentimental ballads “Talking About Love To A Cigarette” and “Sorrow.” Songs like these have a way of evoking emotion in one’s heart – the heavenly harmonies and gut-wrenching dynamic builds that make you feel like you’re levitating. It was one of those shows that causes an awakening in the spirit, and the crowd slowly morphed from strangers into one big family.

photos & story by Haley Struwe