Wylder is an indie-folk quartet from the heart of Virginia. First formed by singer/guitarist Will McCarry, the band’s lineup include Lonnie Southall (guitar/mandolin), Mike Pingley (drums), and Jackson Wright (bass/piano).

Drawing on a season of personal doubt and loss, Wylder’s long-awaited sophomore release, Golden Age Thinking (available July 12, 2019) is an expansive and dynamic collection of rhythmic, haunting, and lyrically-driven indie-folk that examines the powerful influence of nostalgia as a form of denial.

The album follows on the heels of 2016 release, Rain and Laura—a sprawling and eclectic record that evoked alternative rock giants like Arcade Fire and Weezer as well as the intimate, harmony-laden sounds of Fleet Foxes and Sufjan Stevens. With the release of Rain and Laura, Wylder caught the attention of Train’s Pat Monahan. He premiered two singles “Bitter” and “Save a Way” on his Sirius XM program Train Tracks, kicking off a successful run on AAA stations around the country. Wylder reached an even larger audience in 2019 when the track “At the End pt. 1” was featured during a key moment on the hit ABC series The Good Doctor.





Notable Television Appearances:

Great Day Washington, WUSA9 (July 2019) [Performance and Interview]
Border Crossings, Voices of America (August 2019)  [Performance and Interview]
Lantern”  featured on Teen Mom 2, MTV (March 2019)
“At the End pt.1 featured on The Good Doctor, ABC (February 2019) [Clip]
“Swells” featured on Teen Mom 2, MTV (January 2019)
“Sunstroke” featured on Teen Mom 2, MTV (January 2019)
“Bayhouse” featured on Teen Mom 2, MTV (January 2019)
“Living Room” featured on Teen Mom OG, MTV (December 2018)
“At the End pt. 1” featured on Teen Mom Young and Pregnant, MTV (November 2018)
Spotlight on VA Music, PBS

Notable Radio Appearances: 

WAMU 88.5, NPR
Train Tracks with Pat Monahan, Sirius XM, The Pulse (November 2016, August 2017)
Spotlight on the City, BTR (Breakthru Radio)
98.1 WOCM, Ocean City, MD (Live Performance, October, 2016)
97.3 WRIR, Richmond, VA (Live Performance October 30, 2017)
106.1 The Corner, Charlottesville, VA (Live Performance November 8, 2017)

Notable Support Slots:

Adam Torres (Gypsy Sallys, Washington, DC)
Ages and Ages (DC9, Washington, DC)
Barenaked Ladies (The Rock Boat XVIII)
Bela Fleck (Shenandoah Valley Folk Music Festival, Orkney Springs, VA)
Buika (The Spanish Embassy, Washington, DC)
Christian Lopez (House of Blues, New Orleans, LA; Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA)
Colony House (The Rock Boat XVIII)
The Delta Saints (Empire, Springfield, VA)
Dev (University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA)
Dreamers (U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC)
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors (The Rock Boat XVIII)
Everclear (Celebrate Fairfax 2017)
Ewert and the Two Dragons (DC9, Washington, DC)
The Family Crest (Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC; DC9, Washington, DC)
Firekid (Songbyrd Music House, Washington, DC)
Gossling (DC9, Washington, DC)
The Griswolds (U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC)
The Hunts (Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA)
Jared and the Mill (Union Stage, Washington, DC)
Jukebox the Ghost (FAA, Fredericksburg, VA)
The Last Bison (Gypsy Sallys, Washington, DC)
Larkin Poe (The Rock Boat XVIII)
The Lonely Biscuits (DC9, Washington, DC)
Low Cut Connie (The Rock Boat XVIII)
Marc Martel (DC9, Washington, DC)
Needtobreathe (The Rock Boat XVIII)
Noah Guthrie (House of Blues, New Orleans, LA)
Ryan Kinder (The Southern, Charlottesville, VA)
The Rocketboys (The Rock Boat XVIII)
The Roosevelts (Capital Ale House, Richmond, VA)
Sam Burchfield (The Rock Boat XVIII)
Sister Hazel (The Rock Boat XVIII)
Stop Light Observations (The Rock Boat XVIII)
Vanessa Carlton (The National Cathedral, Washington, DC)
Van William (DC9, Washington, DC)
The Vespers (Metropolitan Kitchen, Annapolis, MD)
Welshly Arms (The Rock Boat XVIII)
Wild Adriatic (Daryl’s House, Pawling, NY, DC9, Washington, DC, The Whiskey, Wilmington, NC)
Young Oceans (Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA)


Wylder tour dates


“Ethereal indie-rock… [Golden Age Thinking] is full of lush strings, nervous energy and big harmonies, while also shedding some of the more traditional folk influences from the band’s 2016 debut “Rain and Laura.” – Rudi Greenberg, Washington Post

“Sprinkling bits of Arcade Fire, The
Shins, Vampire Weekend, Fleet
Foxes, and the Family Crest… ripe
with personal and emotional
touches. Bright harmonies, reflective lyrics, and lusciously accessible yet multilayered instrumentation made it a treasured entry in the genre.” – Jordan Blum, Popmatters

“Authentically crafted with an even-keeled production and deep, textured guitars that dispense sounds that are the antithesis of artificial corporate rock riffs, it doesn’t fall short of delivering the enchanting thrills that classic bands built their legends on. Make no mistake, this is a stand out single in a year loaded with intriguing releases coming out of the American underground.”  – John McCall, Too Much Love

“The blend of indie-rock and chamber-folk is reminiscent of alternative and indie trailblazers like Vampire Weekend and Fleet Foxes.” – Saira Shahid, Ones to Watch


“Wylder takes all that is good about indie pop and folk and fuses it into a beautiful, symphonic melody. Emulating the sound of greats like The Polyphonic Spree, Wylder’s quality stands out.” –  Jonathan Goodwin, Deli Magazine

dcmd_logo_150px“Wylder grasps the sentiment ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,’ for all at once you can focus on each strand of melody but not lose any energy of the entire ensemble. The intro quickly starts off with the attractive lead vocal before diving into the chorus, where the harmonizing voices provide energizing unity. It’s an upbeat, end-of-summer song–comparable to something you’d hear from The Head and the Heart.” – Melissa Hersch, D.C. Music Download

“They can perhaps best be paired with another promising band: The Head And The Heart. Both groups have an extraordinary luminosity, a charming musical positivism and eclecticism in their arrangements, and an absolutely admirable fusion of styles.” – Pacopepe Gil,

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“The majority of the record is a display of emotionally deep disclosure, detailing a loss and reflecting on the after effect of that departure. The group’s attractive songwriting gives their less-than-mainstream band arrangement a much more mainstream style frame – to the point where 40 or so minutes loaded with prominently mixed string lines; crisp finger picking; and unison, chorus-style backing vocals should be right at home in the music libraries of roots and indie folks alike.” – Kira Grunenberg, No Depression


“Beloved readers, I don’t want to bore you.  I don’t want you to have to get a dictionary out to decipher what I’m trying to say about Rain and Laura.  So here it is in a nutshell: I love this record, and here’s why: The album is 10 songs of sheer genius; the instrumentation is impeccable, Each track is lyrically clever and expertly crafted, Even the song placement is purposeful and well-thought out.”  Susan Hubbard, Mother Church Pew


“Spry and uplifting in ways that Belle and Sebastian, Death Cab for Cutie, and the Fleet Foxes are when they aren’t pushing the idea that life sucks. Even during the group’s contemplative moments (the slow romantic dirge of “At the End’), it shades its symphonious melancholy with indubitable resolve.” – Chris Bopst, Style Weekly


“Insightful folk music that blends candid melodies with ornate arrangements… The robust chamber folk sounds on Rain And Laura are as delightful as they are appealing, with an ambitious charm that allows the methodical arrangements to wash over you. For a band working without the amenities offered to major label acts, these arrangement definitely stand out as a noteworthy element to Wylder’s debut.” – Doug Nunnally, RVA MAGAZINE