Creativeness, humbleness, and then there’s fuckery when talking about our next band up. Hold my hand kiddies because the ride is fast, sweet, and short.

Jason Spencer, Chad Nicefield, Kyle Landry, Matt Puhy, and James Lascu again run wild through the sacred grounds of Dirt Fest as Wilson, the small Detroit band that could. Getting ready to start the transition from Right To Rise to new material the guys are getting ready for another big tour with Sevendust and Crobot. Besides drinking plenty of fluids and hopefully stretching before strenuous flapping, just read the interview, Wilson will be very busy far into the new year coming.

We grabbed a chance to talk to Jason again about the shows coming up, being so great to their fans, and needing to have fun in general for all involved. Be warned. This won’t be for the faint of heart. Gain your doctor’s permission if you suffer any condition to be deemed serious enough to seek supervision.

Head over to our Facebook or Twitter pages to spread your experiences of the group with us or even dirty pictures, of the band. We have female staff too you know. Don’t have anything in your mouth while reading below, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

NRR: Thanks for taking some time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions for National Rock Review’s Dirt Fest 2016, again, coverage. What’s been going on with the band, Wilson, so far in 2016?
Jason Spencer: Of course! We’ve had our heads up our asses, jerking off non-stop… just kidding! Not about the jerking off part though. We’ve been writing our asses off on new material and experimenting with each other (what?).
NRR: Sometimes I regret asking certain questions. You guys will be on the road starting in September with some NRR favorites Sevendust and Crobot. I take it there’s no rest for the wicked after Dirt Fest is a slumbering giant until 2017?
Jason Spencer: Great bands and it’s going to be a pleasure to be out with both of them again. We have more in the works, but until then it’s writing, writing and writing.
NRR: If you had to give the one or two biggest milestones in the year Right To Rise has been out, what comes to mind first?
Jason Spencer: Hearing our own song on radio stations across the country was pretty rad. So was playing a sold out show at The Roundhouse in London.
NRR: Some of the more light hearted band promo photos I’ve seen lately are from you guys. From face down guitarists to a bed to kill for on tour you seem to be having fun. A very faithful female fan of your wonders if a certain drummer would play in a thong and bow tie for her own personal pleasure? Don’t look at me, I just passed on her request…
Jason Spencer: (Laughing), well I’m sure he would! We DO like to have fun…
NRR: How does it feel to play a well-established festival like Dirt Fest in your own backyard and a big show at the famous House of Blues, among others, in the same month?
Jason Spencer: It’s a great feeling and I don’t take it for granted – ever. We are all very thankful to be in this position.
NRR: Is the band constantly writing new material even on tour or is there so much fuckery going on that time has to be put aside just for creative endeavors?
Jason Spencer: There’s moments of creativity and then moments of straight fuckery. It’s never ending on both ends though. However, there are more creative times than others, such as being at home or in the demo studio. You take all of the tour influences and let em out in a track. It’s a great feeling!
NRR: I’ve seen firsthand the band interacting with a young fan and subsequent photo bombed photo with the young miss. Is that kind of thoughtfulness just who you guys are or is it just shaking hands and kissing babies, a necessity evil if you will?
Jason Spencer: It’s just who we are. We do what we want and don’t think too much about it. We enjoy having as much fun with a person than they do with us.
NRR: If you were in the crowd after your set, and heard two people talking about Wilson, how would you hope the conversation might go?
Jason Spencer: “Man, those guys DIDN’T suck!”
NRR: If there are any sports fans in your merry band of musicians, is anyone excited about the upcoming Spartans, Wolverines, Lions, or Wings seasons just around the corner?
Jason Spencer: None of us are fanatics, but we all like different sports. I personally like hockey. I played for a very long time and still do when I can!
NRR: Are you guys still music fans outside of being on stage, and if so, is there anyone on the Dirt Fest bill you’re excited to catch since everyone plays on the same day this year?
Jason Spencer: Oh yeah! It’s pretty much a 24/7 thing. I do like my breaks with talk shows [say] Howard Stern and podcasts [like] history and true crime. I have some old band members and quite a few friends in other bands that I’m excited to see. Plus, Killswitch Engage is always a good time! Pinch harmonics for daysssss.


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After getting the photo bug in the far, past days of black and white film, Erich continued to develop his eye for photography which lead to stops in the sporting, art, wedding, and eventually concert music worlds. Now, doing more writing for National Rock Review, he has entered into the journey of getting to know the artists and the industry, not just the faces on the other side of the lens.