The Wild War formed in the high desert mountains of Salt Lake City, UT from an opposition of culture and a love of tone used for expression. The band was fronted by Kevin Edwards as he worked to refine deeply personal experiences from a young marriage into approachable relatable music, shortly after the band was formed they rehearsed and headed into the studio recording for one session with producer Cade Thalman at Black Pyramid Recording which resulted in a 4 song EP titled “Valley Rain – EP” The songs featured heavy tones of personal poetry within raw angst.
The coming years would lead to multiple lineup changes and intense personal changes in Edwards’ life through loss of love that ultimately led to a solid lineup for the band between Kevin Edwards, and Phoenix Alexander, a friendship formed for the two through a shared love of jangly guitar tone, intense emotion, and legitimized musicianship. Just 3 months after the two started playing together they went into the studio to record demos that ultimately ended up being released as the “True To Me – EP” a unique cathartic sound filled with personal poetry, sonic dissonance, and approachable experiences. Shortly after the release of the EP the band realized that to make a real impression they had to head somewhere new and truly pursue their art, so with limited funds and intense drive the band moved to the northwest and planted in Portland, OR where they rented a practice space and lived life on the edge spending their days rehearsing and writing music and their nights sleeping in their cars. After getting their feet on the ground in Portland the band searched for a drummer and found a connection from their roots in Utah with Utah native Dan Fields who had recently relocated to Portland as well.