The National’s Matt Berninger joins Wilderado for special alternate version of new single ‘In Between’

Today Wilderado share a very special alternate version of their new single ‘In Between‘ featuring Matt Berninger of The National. The track came about thanks to one of the song’s producers James McAlister, who works closely with The National and their affiliated projects. When McAlister and Chad Copelin (Sufjan Stevens, SYML) first recorded and produced the single in Norman, OK with Wilderado they all thought ‘In Between’ would sound even better with Berninger on the track. The song made its way to him via McAlister and Berninger said yes, and quickly added his contribution.
“Matt is one of my favorite lyricists and singers of all time, plus he’s in one of the coolest bands ever. We’re incredibly grateful and honored to feature him on this track.” – Max Rainer, Wilderado
‘In Between (ft. Matt Berninger)’ follows the release of a live version of the single that featured a few fellow Oklahomans including the folk/Americana artist Ken Pomeroy on vocal and guitar and Muskrat Jones (Colter Wall) on pedal steel – listen via your preferred DSP HERE and watch the accompanying music video HERE.
‘In Between’ is Wilderado’s first new music of 2023 and was written by the band during sessions for their forthcoming sophomore album. The song was recorded in Norman, Oklahoma, and produced by Chad Copelin (Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Belle, SYML) and James McAlister (Gracie Abrams, The National). The same team worked on the new live version of the single that in addition to Pomeroy, features Muskrat Jones (Colter Wall) on the pedal steel guitar. Pomeroy has been creating a name for herself on the Oklahoma music scene for quite some time now, opening for the legendary Wanda Jackson a few years ago at the Oklahoma Rodeo Centennial Opry and becoming a regular at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.
The new music comes as Wilderado kicks off their fall US headline tour this Saturday. They plan to continue to release more music in the weeks ahead as they complete work on the follow-up to their self-titled debut album that came out in October 2021. Just this past spring ahead of a US tour with My Morning Jacket, the band released ‘Wilderado Live’, their first-ever live LP. The 12-track LP featured career-spanning songs including ‘Surefire’ and ‘Head Right’, along with several older songs including ‘Wheat’ and ‘Morning Light’ as well as fan favourite ‘Rubble to Rubble’.
Following their UK and European live debut last year, first as main support on alt-J’s sold-out tour, and soon after for their own headline shows, Wilderado will return in 2024, with more details to be announced soon.
For all confirmed dates and for the most up-to-date information, click here.
“A force to be fully reckoned with” American Songwriter
“Life-affirming vibrancy” San Francisco Chronicle
“Wilderado make poetry out of shared sentiments” New Noise Magazine
Photo credit: Laura Webster