Australian band Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes will be heading back to the UK in June for a series of live dates taking them into July.
The dates coincide with the European release of their fourth album Some Girls (Quite) Like Country Music on 29th June 2018. The band’s new album opens with I Hope That I’m Wrong, a song that was inspired by the #MeToo movement.
Lead singer and songwriter Bryan explains, “I wrote this song around October 2017. It was about 9 o’clock in the morning, and I walked down the stairs and into the kitchen and I sat down and read the newspaper. The song started playing in my head and it was as though every headline I read triggered a new line or a new verse. I guess it was around the time that the #MeToo movement started, and as soon as I wrote the opening words “Women, do what you must/There’s not a man in the world you can trust” I knew that I wanted that to be the first line anybody hears on the new album (which we were already half way through recording).
The song came together so quickly in my head – it was fully formed within minutes, and when I picked up my girlfriend’s guitar which was leaning on the kitchen table, I was already in the right key and could play it from beginning to end. There are songs on this album that I laboured over for months – years in one case – but ‘I Hope that I’m Wrong’ was the opposite. If someone had told me I would one day come up with a song that discussed climate change, greed, poverty and sexual harassment I’d have told them they had me mistaken for somebody else. But I guess that’s what this is, and it took about as long to write as it does to sing.
Like a lot of this record, ‘I Hope that I’m Wrong’ was cut live in the studio – we did have a few goes at it, on different days, in different moods, to get the one that felt right – which happened to be the last take we did.”
Over the past 8 years Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes have released four albums and toured Europe and the US multiple times. They won the Golden Guitar Award for Alt-Country Album of the Year in 2014 and they were nominated in the category again in 2016.
The full list of live dates for the band is:
Wed 27 June: What’s Cookin, Leytonstone, London
Thurs 28 June: Chapel Arts Centre, Bath, UK + Dan Webster
Friday 29 June: The Howlin Wolf, Glasgow + Imogen Clarke
Sat 30 June: MacSorleys Music Bar, Glasgow + The Weeping Willows
Tues 3 July: The Winning post, York + Amelia White and Dan Webster
Weds 4 July: The Woodend Gallery, Scarborough + The Roamin Jasmine
Thurs 5 July: The Green Note, London + Jonathan Byrd
Fri 6 July: Maverick Festival, Woodbridge, Suffolk
Sat 7 July: Maverick Festival, Woodbridge, Suffolk
For tickets and more information head over to https://www.lachlanbryanandthewildes.com/