Sig Wilder & Friends
6:30PM Thu 22 Feb
(Pōneke / Wellington)
Sig Wilder & Friends are Aotearoa’s alt-country storytellers. Sig Wilder's sonic palette is a harmonious blend of kiwi authenticity and American grit. The band's songs, like hidden valleys, reveal themselves slowly, drawing you into a world where melancholic ballads mingle with foot-stomping anthems. Sig's voice carries the weight of stories untold, each note a testament to a life well-traveled. Sig will transport you to the dusty roads of the American Southwest only to be gently pulled back by the enchanting winds of the Southern Hemisphere, through songwriting that straddles the realms of introspection and shared experience.
With Wellington as his muse, Sig Wilder stands at the forefront of a reviving alt-country scene in Aotearoa. But through his evocative storytelling and heartfelt performances, he's carving out a niche of his own, one that defies geographic boundaries and musical conventions.
The band was started in 2021 by singer-songwriter Sig Wilder and musician Mads Taylor (Tahini Bikini, MADS), who quickly recruited Kei Heke (Tahini Bikini, Awkward Talks) on bass and Sofia Machray (Sofia Machray) on guitar and vocals. Their debut single, 'Stop Myself,' sets the stage for their forthcoming album, 'Cowboy Practice'—the heartbreaking yet hopeful tale of a modern cowboy. The song explores the struggle to overcome self-imposed limitations, enveloped in the band's signature Americana sound.
With heartfelt storytelling and infectious melodies, this Te Whanganui-a-Tara-based band brings a unique twist to the alt-country genre.
Sig Wilder - singer & songwriter
Mads Taylor - singer & drummer
Kei Heke - bassist
Sofia Machray - singer & guitarist