Reviewed By: Lauren Rosier
The second EP from California indie rock four-piece, Wilderado, titled Latigo, is a collection of four songs of gritty rock ‘n roll, blending elements of folk, Americana, and southern rock.
Opening track “Morning Light” is perfection in introducing the album; it’s full of grit, sass, and attitude. It introduces the band in such a way that fans of various genres can appreciate. The track highlights the unique vocal inflection and tone of lead vocalist Maxim Helmerich; his gritty voice allows him to do these incredible vocal growls that bring depth to the song and dirty rock ‘n roll.
The grit takes a tender turn on “Already Loved,” which is a more rhythmic track and has more of an alternative rock vibe than the opening track. The grittiness and dirtiness of Helmerich’s voice is still there; however, it melds well with the tenderness of this track, whereas some vocalists have a hard time being effective on both types of songs.
“Rubble To Rubble” showcases Helmerich’s versatile vocals on a more country-folk tinged melody and vocal that erupts into a sing along that invites you to join in.
On the closing track and lead single, “Wheat,” it showcases Helmerich’s gritty, folksy vocals, while being a full-on rock song, complete with ravishing guitar riffs and sexy synths.
Latigo is definitely effective in creating a musical journey of multiple genres by a single band. It showcases how versatile the band is – from playing gritty songs with a ton of attitude to a tender moment and then back to a rock song – and that’s something that can create staying power.