Wednesday 23 November 2016


GenresPunk / Math Rock / Sass Rock / Hardcore / Emo / Emotive Hardcore / Screamo
Related artistsLogs, KidcrashFoton Kuşağı and Anne.
CountryPortland, Oregon USA
Years Active2011-2012
Song: "Thing"
Album: "Year of the ?"
Year: 2011
For fans ofDaniel Striped Tiger, WolvesLogs, Stop It!!, Aim Of Conrad, Dream Caste, Creepozoidz, Rye Coalition, Mouse Fitzgerald, The Reptilian, North Of America, The Holy Shroud, Kidcrash, Wow, Owls!, Worst Gift, Maximillian Colby and Secret Smoker aka PROPER SCREAMO.
Label(s): Sieve And Sand Records
This post's artist is from the November 2016 Mix. This is track #6.
You can download: the November 2016 Mix#11 right here or get the new December 2016 Mix#12 here.

Featuring members of two very well known bands on this blog, Kidcrash and Logs, Portland's WILD GUESS was essentially an extension of the rock/screamo band Logs that matured and chilled out a bit...just a bit though. The mathy juxtapositions and yellin' are still there, but shredding screams are gone as are the batshit crazy noodles of Kidcrash. Luckily Adam Brock Ciresi from Carrion Spring and Logs fame told me to check these fellas out and I was instantly a fan of the seldom used mathy indie/hardcore/screamo amalgamation. A quick note, as I realize a lot of readers dig this style, please check out a very early blog post I did for an unreal mathy/sassy rock/screamo band called Aim Of Conrad. You shalln't be disappointed.

In mid-2011 WILD GUESS uncaged their first offspring aka the 'Year of the ?' EP. I'm not 100% on this, but I believe the 2011 and 2012 EP were digital-only releases that were followed up with a discography cd put out by Sieve And Sand Records in France. This release is what I consider to be the band's quintessential output, for as a whole it seems to crackle and dance just a little brighter and harder than its successor. The album begins with the jaw-dropping "Thing" that opens with an off-kilter beat that boasts oddly timed stops and starts that finds its groove just before 30 seconds with some wailing guitars and the inclusion of gruff, ash-ridden, Kidcrash-y yelling. The song never really stays in one spot.and playfully runs around with a slew of different riffs, progressions, speeds and styles, all the while showcasing the band's intricate and diverse approach to songwriting. "West" follows and drops tons of  a dizzying amount of A-D-D riffs and a bit of sludginess to the song's instrumentals. "Card" is another beaut that is strongly relateable to the sassy rock meets emotional hardcore of the aforementioned "Thing" and "Jeans" from their 2012 EP. The final track is called "Child" and is the longest track ever recorded by the band. It's pretty decent and plays just like the slow, plodding, building and epic soundscapes of Maximillian Colby for the majority of its 4:02 tenure.

The band's sophomore and final output was the four-song EP titled 'Guesswork' that, although good, doesn't pack as much of a punch as its predecessor. The opener "Jeans" is the record's best song so although I love this jam, the rest of the album pales in comparison. It begins with a few quick shifts and settles into a groove with driving drums and incredibly written guitar work...cuz, I mean, c'mon, this is a Kidcrash offspring. Honestly this track is fucking amazing. "What" is a cool, sludgier and less-mathy song that reminds me of Stop It!!, Light The Fuse And Run and newer Loma Prieta and packs a fucking wallop at the end that could definitely be likened to These Arms Are Snakes. "Again" sounds a heck of a lot like the evolution of Logs...which is exactly what WILD GUESS is, and it's pretty damn evident on this song. The last WILD GUESS song is "2nd" and it is one jammy son of a bitch that lays heavy on the yellin' and venomous licks.

I've packaged the two EPs together in an mp3 zip file that you can download here. Enjoy. Then get your ears on all the Kidcrash stuff. Finally, graduate to Logs.


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2011 - Year of the ? EP

2012 - Guesswork EP

???? - Discography cdLP (compiles both EPs)

(2011) WILD GUESS - "Thing" (from 'Year of the ?')

(2011) WILD GUESS - "Card" (from 'Year of the ?')

(2012) WILD GUESS - "Jeans" (from 'Guesswork')

(2012) WILD GUESS - "2nd" (from 'Guesswork')


WILD GUESS out of print mp3 discography download

(download here)