In a land famous for the Green Bay Packers, beer, cheese manufacturing, and That 70’s Show, comes the earnest alternative indie rock outfit, Windsor Drive. Taking influence from everything between arena-friendly britpop acts to respecting their altimeters in the seventies and eighties, Windsor Drive has evolved their wide appeal since the release of Meet the Tide EP (2008) and Bridges EP (2009). The songs on these initial releases were penned in an old house on a street called “Windsor Drive” snuggled in the small community of Wausau in the north woods of Wisconsin.
The roots of the band can be traced back to a friendship that was formed between multi-instrumentalist Kipp Wilde (singer) and Owen Jones (drummer) at Wilde’s father’s church. After high school and years of playing together Jones and Wilde connected with Daniel Sukow (guitarist) and Jon Wasleske (bassist) and the group was born. Kipp Wilde is an artist in the truest sense of the word. From a young age, he self taught himself how to play nearly every band instrument. Wilde thinks, breathes, and bleeds music. After several self booked national tours to support their initial releases and pushing over 15,000 units independently, the band caught the attention of several nationally renowned acts and were asked to support dates with artists including American Idol winner Kris Allen (RCA / 19 Entertainment), Imagine Dragons (Interscope), Ryan Cabrera, and The Rocket Summer (Island).
In 2011 the band was personally requested to support the iconic indie rock band Mae on their farewell tour and perform on the popular summer music festival Vans Warped Tour. Coinciding with the tours came the limited edition Under The Weather EP (2011) release, which claimed them the spotlight on E! News with Ryan Seacrest and a feature on Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio. Most recently in June 2012 the band completed another national tour supporting He Is We (Universal Republic) on the “Give It All” Tour. The past year, the band has focused on songwriting in Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles eventually deciding on partnering with multi-platinum producer John Fields (Parachute, Jonas Brothers, Switchfoot, Sam Sparro, Miley Cyrus) and co-writer Bleu (Selena Gomez, Boys Like Girls, Air Traffic Controller) for their next release. While in the midst of searching for “the song” to defy all songs, with each writing session the band persisted upon finding new ways to push their creative limits. Windsor Drive self-released this five-song collection, entitled Wanderlust EP, in September 2012, which will be a precursor to their upcoming full-length record.