Wylder writes rhythmic, haunting and lyrically-driven indie-folk with a penchant for strange, foreboding storytelling about family and loss.

First formed in Virginia by singer/guitarist Will McCarry, the group quickly grew to include Lonnie Southall (guitar/mandolin), Mike Pingley (drums), and Jackson Wright (bass/piano). Wylder’s unique blend of indie-rock and chamber-folk combines the spirit of alternative rock giants like Arcade Fire and The Shins with the intimate, harmony-laden sounds of Fleet Foxes and Radical Face.

Their debut album, Rain and Laura, was released in April of 2016, and was met with enthusiastic reviews from fans and critics alike. They are currently in the midst of recording their next full-length album alongside platinum record producer Rick Parker (Lord Huron, Good Old War).






Wylder tour dates


  • Kennedy Center, Washington, DC (Headlining February, 2017)
  • Black Cat, Washington DC (Headlining July 2017, July 2015)
  • DC9, Washington, DC (Sold Out Headlining, February, 2016)
  • Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC (Headlining, April, 2016)
  • U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC (With The Griswolds)
  • Sofar Sounds, Washington, DC (with Vanessa Carlton, Buika)
  • The Hamilton, Washington, DC
  • The W POV session, Washington DC
  • American University, Washington, DC
  • George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Live! Woodrow Wilson Plaza Concert Series 2015-2017, Washington DC
  • Space X Company Launch Celebration, Washington, DC
  • Stella Artois: Art of the Chalice, Washington, DC
  • Pianos, New York City, NY
  • Rockwood Music Hall, Stages 1 and 2, New York City, NY (Headlining June, August 2017)
  • Sofar Sounds, New York City, NY (With The Harmaleighs)
  • The Burren, Boston, MA
  • Sofar Sounds, Boston, MA
  • Sofar Sounds, Providence, RI
  • Milkboy, Philadelphia, PA (Headlining July 2016)
  • Penn State University, State College, PA
  • The Rabbit and Dragonfly, Lancaster, PA
  • Bourbon and Branch, Philadelphia, PA (Headlining June 2017)
  • Ottobar, Baltimore, MD (With Rhett Walker Band)
  • Sweetlife Sessions 2016, Baltimore, MD
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge, Annapolis, MD
  • Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA
  • College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
  • University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Shenandoah Valley Folk Music Festival, Orkney Springs, VA (With Bela Fleck)
  • Empire, Springfield, VA [Winner of Mid-Atlantic Battle of the Bands]
  • The Camel, Richmond, VA
  • Capital Ale House Music Hall, Richmond, VA (With The Roosevelts)
  • The National, Richmond VA
  • Sounds of Summer 2015, 2016, Fredericksburg, VA
  • 4th of July Heritage Celebration 2016, Fredericksburg, VA
  • Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC
  • Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC
  • The Country, Nashville, TN
  • ACME, Nashville, TN
  • World Cafe Live at The Queen, Wilmington, DE
  • Smyrna at Night 2016, Smyrna, DE
  • New Night 2016, Newark, DE
  • Grainfest, Newark, DE
  • Dewey Beach Music Conference 2016, Dewey Beach, DE



“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