Toronto band, Orson Wilds, recently announced their signing with Will Yip’s (Code Orange, Title Fight, The Menzingers) Elektra Music Group imprint Black Cement Records. Their new singles, “Mothers Daughters” and “Stand Up,” were recorded and produced by Yip, and will be included on the band’s forthcoming debut album expected to arrive next year.
“Mothers Daughters” was written to serve as a mantra to always keep your family and loved ones in mind. “I think of it as kind of a spiritual-groundinG type song, or a taking stock of those you hold closest,” says songwriter Eric Reid. “Stand Up,” on the other hand, is immediately confrontational from its opening moments, meant to call out those people who always claim to have the answers. Reid describes the track as being “about false idols and prophets and whose voice it is that we decide to listen to.”
“When I first heard the demo for ‘Stand Up’ I was blown away,” says Will Yip. “Everything about it got me. The voices, the melodies, the unique form, the musical dynamics. It was really unlike a feeling I’ve ever had listening to a new band for the first time. I knew I had to work with them and I’m so grateful we linked because I know they are going to be one of the most important bands in my life.”
Orson Wilds, fronted by Eric Reid and Brianna Bordihn, have only played a handful of shows in the Southern Ontario area, focusing mainly on the honing of their craft and sound. This hard work paid off when Yip, an enthusiastic producer with bustling industry savvy, was so taken by the compositional strength of Orson Wilds’ songs that he took the band under his wing, helped them produce two new singles, and signed them to his imprint. Though Reid and Bordihn represent the core of Orson Wilds, an ever-evolving collective of friends and family round out the live iteration of the band with stomping uplifting electric guitars, horns and woodwind sections, and thrashing, urgent percussion.