Captain WildChild – Five Questions With

Captain Wildchild

Captain WildChild charms on DIY video/single “Fantasy”

Hamilton’s soul-piercing, ear-gnashing rock ’n roll trio Captain WildChild embodies the perfect blend of raw, raspy vocals, gripping lyrics, bombastic drums, and unforgettable riffs. They’re often compared to bands like The Dirty Nil, Single Mothers, and PUP, sprinkled with a helping of weird and in-your-face energy. Born from their devotion of creating music together, Chad Chartrand (guitar, vocals) and Nigel Stewart (drums) established the band as a duo in early 2018.

Their first song off their debut full-length LP, Infinite Pleasure, is a rollercoaster of a tune called “Fantasy.” The contrast in the instrumental parts between the verses and choruses are very deliberate. It’s a mosh-dance-mosh-dance song, and the feel changes to keep the energy continuously feeding into the next section.

The video, from the shooting to the editing, was done by the band. There’s something to be said for a song about the riches and fantasies that is coated in humorous, do-it-yourself artwork. You can see the imperfections of the video are perfect for the song.

Watch the video for “Fantasy” below, and find out more about Captain WildChild via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Howdy! We are Captain Wildchild of Hamilton, Ontario. Chad on the microphone & guitar, Sam on microphone & subs, Nigel on the slam skins. We slay.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

“Fantasy” was the latest single from our upcoming album. We chose to release this song because it best represents our range as a band & it is “all systems go” from start to finish. It is but one of the many flavours on this record & is a good song to get a head start with. We love it, and you’ll love it.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

We draw inspiration from all forms of media, be it movies, TV, other music, etc. We don’t limit ourselves & there isn’t another thing that we are trying to sound like. That being said, we are told we sound like a lot of bands that we love & that is extremely flattering. We also definitely inspire each other when we build these melodies together in a room & we feed off of each other infectiously.

Do you have any upcoming shows or festivals you’d like to tell us about?

We are playing in Toronto at the Handlebar on August 5th, in Montreal at L’hemisphere Gauche on August 11th, in Ottawa at The Dominion Tavern on August 12th, and in Hamilton (album release show) at The Casbah on August 27th.

What’s your goal for 2022?

Our goal for 2022 is to release the best rock record this town has ever seen/heard & play some wicked shows to promote it, all the while creating our next project. There are many more exciting things happening for us that we can’t wait to share.

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