Les Wild Ones gave Quebec garage rock culture one of its most legendary and rare 45s. Their one and only single launched in 1967 on the legendary Solfège label (Le Specter, Réjean et ses Faucons, Johnny Pop, Les Demi-Dozaines, Les Serfs and many others) is rarely seen for sale on the market. and usually changes hands for astronomical sums. For the first time, Walter Moschella, lead guitarist, publicly returns to the history of the Wild Ones.
A “real” garage group from East Montreal, we were friends. It was our way of having an interaction. It was a personal interaction. We did not communicate by text. It was face to face. Real life. "
The story of the Wild Ones therefore begins with Walter Moschella and a few of his neighborhood buddies, somewhere in the first half of the 1960s. The exact year remains vague.
It was in the Ville d'Anjou neighborhood, in the east of Montreal, where they all lived, that they met. “We were young teenagers and rather than breaking windows, we wanted to do good things, so we started the band! ", -Walter Moschella
The singer, Henriot said Henry Zéphirin, was the son of a Haitian diplomat. Moschella played the role of solo guitarist and band leader. The other members were David Chambers (guitar), Robert Weber (bass) and Gabriel Cambria (drums). “When we did our practices, it was in my garage! We were literally a garage band! ", -Walter Moschella
The group therefore plays mainly in its own neighborhood, from the garage to community halls and school gymnasiums. The band's repertoire, on stage, is made up of covers of popular songs of the time, strongly influenced by the Rolling Stones and rhythm and blues, in particular Wilson Pickett. The most distant concert given by Les Wild Ones took place in St-André-Avellin!
“In show, it was really easy for us. It wasn't a glitter show. It was just the performance. ", -Walter Moschella