Ginger Wildheart of the English rock band The Wildhearts has been open on social media about his struggles with depression and anxiety. Music, he says, has kept him from going over the deep end.
“I think music is a medicine,” Wildheart says. “It’s a spiritual medicine. It’s the sound of someone’s emotions.”
Wildheart is hoping his band’s music serves as medicine for those who listen to it. For that, The Wildhearts are hosting an all-request, livestream Saturday, April 17.
Wildheart admits it’s going to be a bit awkward because fans cannot be in the room with them when they record the show.
“We usually really feed off the crowd,” he says. “About 50% of the show’s energy is the crowd.”
He says there are a few reasons why the band is recording the show and not performing live. First, he’s a perfectionist. Plus, fans from around the world have bought tickets to the show and may not be available at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, British Summer Time, which is noon the same day in Phoenix.
“We have fans in America and Japan, so something live doesn’t work. I’d rather everyone just watch at their favorite time of the day, hopefully with a beer or something. We’re going to make it sound really good.”
In between rehearsals for the livestream, The Wildhearts are working on music for their forthcoming album. Wildheart feels fortunate because he never suffers from writer’s block.
“It’s easy to write songs for The Wildhearts for me because I know what we don’t do very well, and I know what we do do very well. I know what not to write.
By the time the album is released, probably this fall, The Wildhearts are hoping to tour the United States. That was impossible previously because Wildheart couldn’t get a work visa due to criminal charges.
“That’s all over now, so it’s not going to be a problem,” he says with a smile. “We could play Los Angeles and we do well. We could play in New York and do well. We’ll probably do well in Chicago and the rest of them.
“I’m not sure the promoters want to really take a chance on a band like The Wildhearts. We have a lot of fans, but they’re dotted all over the world. Me, personally, I would love to just tour America for a few years and turn everyone into fans.”
The Wildhearts “By Request” livestream
When: Noon Saturday, April 17