Hot on the heels of a U.K. tour, The Wiyos are honor bound to set the Elk Creek Cafe musically ablaze Aug. 31 with an evening of eclectic, “old-timey,” Americana-based song architecture. They have been busy buskers for many years with a six-album discography and plans to release a new EP in September, “One More for the Road.”
“Twist,” the band’s 2012 concept album inspired by L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz,” has gained the Wiyos global acclaim by winning the 12th annual Independent Music Award for best concept album. British music critic Simon Holland said of a live show, “In addition to their obvious, abundant musicianship, there was a level of showmanship and performance on display that made the evening extraordinary.” And The Los Angeles Times labeled the musicians — Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and Seth Travins — “fabulously skilled and inspired kooks.”
Weekender spoke with Farkas about “Twist,” the British and angry relatives.
Currently we travel with sauerkraut made by our bass player Seth. ... If we had it then, it could have come in handy.