Hailing from Chicago, The Wistful Larks provide fresh indie rock with a vintage flavor. Packed with croony hypnotic vocals and warm melodic guitar tones, the band’s take on contemporary indie rock is similar to The Killers and The Arctic Monkeys, while also incorporating retro flavors similar to the Doors. The result is a dark, gossamer soundscape that is as unique as it is difficult to imitate. 

Since the band’s relocation to Nashville, the Wistful Larks have been focused on the evolution and curation of their unique sound. With their most recent release, “Hot Chocolate” (recorded at famed Dark Horse Recording) the Larks continue to cultivate a distinct sonic profile.

The Wistful Larks are Cody Varga (vocals, guitar) Adam Wathen (drums) and Tony Aguilar (bass). 

If you were to write an intro for “Hot Chocolate” before it played on the radio, what would you want listeners to know about the song?

This song is about those bittersweet moments that get you out of those dark places.

Tony:

6 Things You Don’t Know About Me:

Favorite place to visit in your hometown.

Just For Fun Roller Rink (rip).

Your most prized collection.

My Pokémon cards.

The first concert you attended as a teenager.

Green Day/Weezer/The Kaiser Chiefs… I think.

If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?

The limitation of being not tall has hindered my experience.

If you inherited $100,000 right now, how would you spend it?

Very quickly.

The most amazing place I’ve ever been is ___ because it ___.

Sedona or Niagara Falls because they’re just wildly insane places.

Can you share 4 songs that have influenced your life and career?

Green Day “American Idiot”

First full song I learned on guitar.

Blind Melon “No Rain”

Some weird emotional attachment to it.

Linkin Park “One Step Closer”

It was my introduction to genre blending and the music video rips.

Static X “I’m With Stupid”

Cause it slaps.
Cody:

6 Things You Don’t Know About Me:

Favorite place to visit in your hometown.

Nick’s Pizza Pub for Chicago style pizza.

Your most prized collection.

My vintage guitars and amps.

The first concert you attended as a teenager.

Senses Fail.

If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?

Financial Freedom.

If you inherited $100,000 right now, how would you spend it?

I would open a bagel shop *whilst eating a bagel.

The most amazing place I’ve ever been is ___ because it ___.

Charleston because history and the weather is beautiful.

Can you share 4 songs that have influenced your life and career?

Bruce Springsteen “Blinded by the Light”

For his lyrical prowess. 

My Chemical Romance “It’s Not a Fashion Statement It’s a Deathwish”

The song was influential in my guitar playing.

The Arctic Monkeys “505”

Influential on my song writing dynamics.

Senses Fail “Tie Her Down”

It was one of the first emo CD’s I ever bought, and this was the track that sold it.

Adam:

6 Things You Don’t Know About Me:

Favorite place to visit in your hometown.

Tidbals in Bowling Green (awesome live music).

Your most prized collection.

My fortunes I keep from fortune cookies. Have to see how accurate these are. So far 1 out of 4 come true. 

The first concert you attended as a teenager.

Saw a band called “Decades of Experts and Assassins” at a now shut down place in Bowling Green called The Bread and Bagel in 2008.

If you could eliminate one weakness or limitation in your life, what would it be?

The need for sleep, I am such a sleepy boy.

If you inherited $100,000 right now, how would you spend it?

Go to a roulette table in Vegas and bet all of it on green.

The most amazing place I’ve ever been is ___ because it ___.

Colorado because the views are unreal.

Can you share 4 songs that have influenced your life and career?

System of a Down “Chop Suey!”

It was the first song I had heard that was just straight up weird and I loved how different it was. Taught me that no matter how weird, if your art is interesting, it will find an audience. 

My Chemical Romance “Welcome to the Black Parade”

As a middle school kid this song showed me what it meant to feel a high level of inspiration.

Meshuggah “Bleed”

Showed me what you could sound like as a drummer with enough practice.

Green Day “F.O.D.”

The first major emotional outlet for me as a kid. Most underrated Green Day track of all time!

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