Members: Kipp Wilde, Owen Jones, Jon Wasleske, Dan Sukow
In a land famous for the Green Bay Packers, beer, cheese manufacturing, and That 70âs Show, comes the earnest alternative indie rock outfit, Windsor Drive. Taking influence from everything between arena-friendly britpop acts to respecting their altimeters in the seventies and eighties, Windsor Drive has evolved their wide appeal since the release of Meet the Tide â EP (2008) and Bridges â EP (2009). The songs on these initial releases were penned in an old house on a street called âWindsor Driveâ snuggled in the small community of Wausau in the north woods of Wisconsin.
The roots of the band can be traced back to a friendship that was formed between multi-instrumentalist Kipp Wilde (singer) and Owen Jones (drummer) at Wildeâs fatherâs church. After high school and years of playing together Jones and Wilde connected with Daniel Sukow (guitarist) and Jon Wasleske (bassist) and the group was born. Kipp Wilde is an artist in the truest sense of the word. From a young age, he self taught himself how to play nearly every band instrument. Wilde thinks, breathes, and bleeds music.
After several self booked national tours to support their initial releases and pushing over 15,000 units independently, the band caught the attention of several nationally renowned acts and were asked to support dates with artists including American Idol winner Kris Allen (RCA / 19 Entertainment), Imagine Dragons (Interscope), Ryan Cabrera, and The Rocket Summer (Island). In 2011 the band was personally requested to support the iconic indie rock band Mae on their farewell tour and perform on the popular summer music festival Vans Warped Tour. Coinciding with the tours came the limited edition Under The Weather â EP (2011) release, which claimed them the spotlight on E! News with Ryan Seacrest and a feature on Clear Channelâs iHeartRadio. Most recently in June 2012 the band completed another national tour supporting He Is We (Universal Republic) on the âGive It Allâ Tour.
The past year, the band has focused on songwriting in Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles eventually deciding on partnering with multi-platinum producer John Fields (Parachute, Jonas Brothers, Switchfoot, Sam Sparro, Miley Cyrus) and co-writer Bleu (Selena Gomez, Boys Like Girls, Air Traffic Controller) for their next release. While in the midst of searching for âthe songâ to defy all songs, with each writing session the band persisted upon finding new ways to push their creative limits. Windsor Drive will be self-releasing this five-song collection, entitled Wanderlust â EP on September 25th, 2012, which will be a precursor to their upcoming full-length record.
With Wanderlust â EP, Windsor Drive hope to give new and old fans alike a first glance at whatâs ahead for the indie quartet. The second song on the EP, âSleepwalkingâ, is a wake-up call anthem for their very-own generation of âslackersâ, namely Gen-Y and Millennials. In his own words, Wilde describes the song, âItâs about how people lose sight of who they are and where they want to be. We all come to a point in our lives when we feel like we're stuck in a rut. Some of us get out, but not everyone can escape that state of mind, so they get comfortable, stop taking risks, and no longer pursue the dreams that they held so dear. But I also think it's about how society has changed and how that affects us. TV and music have changed drastically and that has such a strong impact on us. There is such an overload of information and ways of communication, that people get caught up in all the madness and forget about the simple things in life.â
As the band gear up for the release of Wanderlust, they arenât just labeling this as a mere preview of their next full-length record. This EP is a launch pad, a stepping-stone, and an opportunity for Windsor Drive to finally hit the masses with a sucker-punch of excitement. The band hope this little taste of their new collection will leave fans craving for more to come. Just as the band write about craving for more in life as a constant theme in their music; their future canât come soon enough.