What can you say about Gary Wilson? Gary is an internationally-respected, brilliant, underground artist. Some categorize his work as "Outsider Music," others file him under performance art, while still others classify him as an avant-garde jazz-funk-pop legend.
Esteemed artists like Beck, Questlove, Earl Sweatshirt, Tyler the Creator, the Residents, Foxygen, and Ariel Pink have all cited him as a kindred spirit and/or influence, and in the summer of 2013 he was included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition entitled "Punk: From Chaos to Couture." In recent years he has graced the front page of the New York Times, and the New Yorker has featured him more than once.
Closer to home, Gary was Peter Holslin's cover story in San Diego's CityBeat in March of 2014. I post regularly about my performances with Gary, and each show I get to play drums for him is a privilege.
In August of 2014, Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates opened for Foxygen at the Belly Up, Fonda Theatre, and the Observatory. Additionally, we played at the Burger Records Festival along with Jacuzzi Boys, the Abigails, Cherry Glazerr, White Fang, OFF!, and the legendary R. Stevie Moore.
Exciting stuff coming up in 2015 with Gary Wilson and the Blind Dates with new shows, recordings, and video, so keep your eyes and ear open!
I spoke with Gary recently about his collaboration with Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt. 2015