Wilderado band members now make music from their hometown
Tulsa natives Maxim Rainer and Justin Kila were in the Los Angeles limelight and had just released their third EP, “Favors,” when they decided Tulsa was beckoning.
Earlier this year, Tulsa natives Maxim Rainer and Justin Kila, both of alternative rock band Wilderado, were in the Los Angeles limelight and had just released their third EP, “Favors,” when they decided T-Town was beckoning.
“There’s no place like home, as lame as it sounds,” says drummer Kila, who graduated from Mannford High School. “It’s great to be back here where our family lives. That was a big part of the decision to move back. The other thing is, it makes it easier for Maxim and I to get together and write and jam.”
Kila and lead vocalist Rainer met in high school, but the two never hung out until both moved to LA to form Wilderado with bandmates Colton Dearing and Tyler Wimpee. (Dearing and Wimpee remain in LA and travel to Tulsa to rehearse.)
Last year was huge for the band as it topped 15 million Spotify plays and supported tours with Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, Band of Horses, Judah and the Lion and more. Wilderado’s songs were featured in numerous shows and in the recent Charlize Theron film “Tully.”
After a decade away from Tulsa, Rainer says he and his wife were ready to live closer to family, plus it allows the band an opportunity to travel shorter distances to tour.
“I love it here,” says Rainer, a graduate of Metro Christian Academy. “There are a lot of cool, talented young people who are doing creative things in Tulsa. I am inspired by that.
“Tulsa has a legendary music history, and now there are exciting things happening. We wanted to be a part of that.”