Hailing from North Dakota are Max Patzner, Eli Kjelson, Nick Holwegner, and Joe Andrus, collectively known as Wild Hands. Though sometimes electronic sounds and layers of effects put me in my perfect musical place, Wild Hand’s brand of folk is on the other end of that spectrum, and it feels great and free and just right.
I discovered Wild Hands in Chicago through the magic of podcasting. As usual, traffic was awful, but I was soothed by conversation about design and screenprinting, and then who else should grace my ears other than Wild Hands. The group found time to chat with Midwest Action about a land foreign to this particular Chicago native, some intricacies about their music, and their podcast debut.
MWA: I’ve never been to North Dakota. Would you guys mind taking a minute to describe the music scene up there? How are the local bands? Where is your favorite place to see a show?
Max: You should definitely venture on up to North Dakota! You could see some really great local bands & traveling bands play some amazing songs at an awesome basement show any day of the week. You wouldn’t think it, but the music scene is pretty rich for the middle of North Dakota and it has been for quite some time. We are lucky to have amazing local bands; something about the town we live in makes people write damn good songs.
Eli: There is great sense of community in Minot and it translates into music, art, theater and pretty much anything creative. People do it all up here and they do it well. Generally the places to see shows are in the basements. We are a big family, having a good time and getting excited about music is not hard to do in Minot.