To understand what drives Wilson one has to understand where they’re coming from. As a Detroit band, they embody a blue- collar background, the genuinity of which seeps into their lyrical content and their grinding instrumentals. Stumbling across opportunities and holding on to them, the band is stepping into a hard rock scene thought long-dead, a platform that will hopefully snowball into a revival of American rock n’ roll. Wilson’s latest album, the one that features “Hanging With the Devil,” is called Right to Rise, and really stresses a melodic element, making it an easy listen that’s still too pounding to become background buzz. Wilson’s embarking on a European tour in February, and will be back playing in the U.S. in April.
“Hang With the Devil,” by Detroit rock band Wilson is a loaded reflection on the power of lure. Underlined by a heavy, choppy guitar riff and Chad Nicefield’s reverberating vocals, the song is classic in its badassery. It’s for pool halls, harley meetups and summer night bandshell shows, a fast track dealing with the ever-present, satanous spectacle of temptation. My first thought upon hearing the intro was Motley Crüe’s “Kickstart My Heart” with Rob Zombie filling in for Vince.