Wik was born and raised where Chevy’s still rule and anthemic rock fills jukeboxes and ear buds. It is obvious Wik shares the introspective and world-weary sentiments of the aforementioned influences on Burn What You Can, Bury the Rest… , the self-released debut from Wik and his backing band, the Charlatans. His gravelly, raw and countrified voice works well on slowly-searing character sketches like “This Old House” and the slice-of-life, Mellencamp-esque “Midwest Winters,” as well as mid-tempo heartland rockers such as “Friday Night Is for the Drinkers.”
Wik saves the best for last on epic closer “Just like Jon Fickes,” about a woman searching for someone else’s song to sing: the track is a showcase for Wik’s storytelling and narrative talents (which evoke Dylan circa 1979) as well as the Charlatans’ Soul Asylum-like prowess.
Burn What You Can, Bury the Rest... is now available.