Alexa Wiley & the Wilderness presents “Planted” at a CD Release show with Special Guest Freddy Trujillo on June 4, 2018 at Mississippi Studios. $7 Adv., $10 @ the door.
Alexa Wiley & the Wilderness
“Wild metaphorical music that rocks” (Oregon Music News) might best describe the sound of Alexa Wiley & the Wilderness, a Portland-based band with an abundance of local musical roots. The June 4th show at Mississippi Studios will celebrate the release of a new Alexa Wiley & the Wilderness album “Planted,” a collection of original songs that borrow from a wide array of genres and musical expressions. Continuing the momentum of their eponymous debut collaboration from 2015, the songs in this album oscillate between varying styles, but are tied together with themes of the search for meaning in our hurried, modern world.
2018 is the 10-year anniversary of Alexa’s debut album, Eating That Way, recorded by Jim Brunberg above the old Mississippi Studios. That album, with its rich acoustic feel, gave shape to Alexa’s unique insights through a more traditionally understood folk format. Fast-forward to Alexa’s collaboration with the Wilderness and you find yourself possessed by the musical moment, where consciousness collides into wild forays of existential folk-rock.
Alexa Wiley, her voice a cross between Joni Mitchell and a female Tom Petty, nourishes the band’s unique blend of meaningful lyrics surrounded by the fully realized Americana-rock of the Wilderness: Bret Malmquist, lead guitarist; Steve Dearborn, multi-instrumentalist; Sean Oldham, drums; and Dale Turnbull, bass. Discover for yourself the sounds of an inspired group of musicians who create sonic transcendence in their sets—the instruments and voices fused in service of the song. “Get Planted” at this showcase of what authentic Portland music has to offer.
“Alexa Wiley and her backing band, the Wilderness, are living proof that there are plenty of musicians in Portland not getting the coverage and appreciation they deserve”– Willamette Week
Freddy Trujillo is a singer/songwriter/bassist who hails from Simi Valley, CA. He grew up in a highly musical family. Fred Sr. sang and played guitar in various groups, including The Beethovens, an all-chicano beat combo who gigged all over the southland during the great garage-rock boom of the mid-1960’s. Sister A’me Loraine scored two top ten dance hits in the early 90’s. Freddy himself played with Pat Smear (Nirvana, Germs) and many other local L.A. acts during the explosion of punk/alternative music that hit L.A. in the ’80’s/’90’s. Freddy soon re-located to Portland, Oregon and released his acclaimed debut solo record Hawks & Highways, which dealt with the intertwining of Native American and Chicano experiences in rock & roll form. He has since been a sought-after player on the ever-burgeoning Portland scene, having formed the well-respected (yet short-lived) Chicano-rock ensemble Caguama and, most recently, joined both Richmond Fontaine and Fernando. On the heels of all this comes Freddy’s newest offering Amexica, released under the moniker Trujillo. Amexica is nothing less than the sum-total of all dues paid: having played every possible type of venue, crafted every type of song, and immersed himself in the study of his Mexican heritage. Produced by Luther Russell, Amexica is a kaleidascopic romp through Freddy’s own colorful history, with nods to musical heros such as Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez and Doug Sahm, as well as odes to fallen friends, personal relationships and his own beloved children. In fact, family is a major theme of Amexica, with guests on the record including his father, sister and his nephew Casper Indrizzo, himself the front-man of up-and-coming psych-rockers Fever The Ghost. Amexica is a sonic journey to “Aztlan”, a new yardstick for psychedelic Chicano-rock.Amexica is–in Freddy’s words–The New Brown Soul.