100 Bands in 100 Days Presented by Verity Credit Union — Day 18: Wild Ire

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Artwork by Seattle-area painter E.R. Saba

Music enthusiasts of the Pacific Northwest, welcome one and all to the sixth annual outing of 100 Bands in 100 Days, our year-end music showcase bringing you some of the freshest names in Northwest music you have to know about, sponsored by our four-year-strong sponsor for the showcase, Verity Credit Union. Some days the featured act could be a pre-established and locally-renowned musician with whom you may already be familiar, some days it could be an overlooked local on the way up, and everything in between. Either way, we have faith you’ll come away with this segment with myriad new favorites. In this installment, our journey takes to Portland’s alternative underground, face-to-face with one of its scene’s most standout acts, Wild Ire.

Wild Ire have been making craters in Portland’s music scene with their stylish and loose alternative rock style. The quartet’s music is just as colorful and mind-bending as their abstract album covers. Songs can contain anything from jittery, skittish drum beats to slinky, funk-indebted guitar licks, odd time signatures; everything but the kitchen sink. Their instantly distinguishable breed of rock music has earned them spots on lineups for such revered excursions as Astoria Crabfest, Hempfest, and a crowd-drawing performance at Make Music Day in Salem, OR.

Following a successful string of full-length releases, EP’s, and several acclaimed singles, Wild Ire’s bubbling-up vivacity was boldly realized on their most recent record, Misery Machine, released April of this year. The group’s prevalent cognizance of jazz and funk coalesce in a series of seven songs that run the gamut from smooth, somewhat sexy to heart-achingly to-the-point and stylistically bare-bones. The explosive “The Count of 5” features a 5/4 time signature, which the quartet ride like the back of their hand. The instrumentation swells in an intense and attention-demanding way towards the end of songs like “Bubble Tea” and the opener “Freaky Business.”

Weird-rock fans of the Northwest, enter a group to really sink your teeth into.

(You can listen to Wild Ire below via YouTube and Spotify; you can keep up with Wild Ire via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.)

Submissions for 100 Bands in 100 Days are still open to any Pacific Northwest band interested in submitting. If you would like to submit for a chance to be featured in this segment, consult this link for more information on how you can do so.

A huge shoutout to Verity Credit Union for doing so much for the music community and for being such a great partner. 

As an added bonus this year, House Of Cannabis will be playing the featured bands in each of their three Washington locations.

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