From his primary years of bashing on pots and pans along to The Beatles, his high school years of learning how to play Iron Maiden’s “Number of the Beast” on viola, his study of Musical Composition at Toronto’s York University, through to his mid 20′s as a guitar player in original Art Rock bands such as Crisis Ten, Shopping Asia and Edge of Sense, Wilton has always had music inside of him.
In his late 20′s. Wilton had had enough of the guitar and band democracy and was searching for another musical outlet. The Live Kate Bush video “Live at Hammersmith” provided the inspiration and he took up vocal lessons with the intent of starting his own solo project with himself on Vocals and Keyboards. After developing his vocal style, he was able to gather members of previous bands to back him up on drums, bass and guitar. The project Wilton Said… was born.
While his earlier releases of “World Up my Ass” and “Broken” had a variety of musicians playing Bass and Drums (Wilton played guitar), his later releases had a more stable band oriented set of musicians with Richard Rizzo on Drums, Andrew Buntain on Bass, and Wilton giving up guitar duties to long time friend and musician Chris Reid. This line up recorded two CD’s “The Butterfly Plague” and “The View”. Shortly after, Bassist Andrew Buntain left the band and Frank Heisler joined as a replacement and can be heard on the most recent release of “Half Life”.
Style wise, one could group the music of Wilton Said… into the Art Rock category, but that’s still pretty vague, which is just the way Wilton likes it.
“I’m open to a variety of styles of music from Orchestral, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Rock, Prog, Goth, Alternative and Heavy Metal, all of which have had an influence on my writing and singing. Add to that the various influences and styles of the current band members and we’ve got an interesting mix of sounds.”
“I often write with a certain sound or sonic texture in my head. But as soon as the other guys, especially guitarist Chris Reid, get a hold of it, it changes into some other type of edgy thing which is totally unexpected and for me, original.”
The music on the most recent release “Half Life” could be considered by some as Art Rock. Others may call it simply Alternative while others may hear it as Math Rock or Indie Rock. I guess one could say it’s all of those things making for an unusual and interesting musical soundscape.
Enjoy at your own risk.
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