Exclusive Video: Hard Rockers Wilson Sign to Razor & Tie

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As it begins a fresh label relationship -- with Razor & Tie -- for its sophomore album, the Detroit hard-rock troupe Wilson promises that the music on the as-yet-untitled set will reflect its raised stature.

"This being our first release on a large label, we felt that if we want to take this thing to the next level we should be a little more calculated in our moves," frontman Chad Nicefield tells Billboard. "I feel like, without being super-lame or cliched, this is a natural progression for us as dudes in a band. We came from this area of playing small bars every weekend in Michigan filled with crazy, bearded dudes chugging beer and then went on the road and learned a lot. We're still the same people, but we just decided it's time to take it a tad bit more...I hate to use the word seriously, but seriously, like, let's do this. Let's put everything on red and let it ride."

Watch the confused band as they sign their new label contract below in this funny exclusive video:     

Wilson's self-released debut, 2013's Full Blast Fuckery, generated a buzz and scored the group spots on the 2014 Rock On The Range and Louder Than Life festivals. It recorded the new album outside Atlanta with producer Johnny Andrews (Halestorm, All That Remains, Three Days Grace), who Nicefield says the band met while touring to support its debut.

"While we were bouncing back and forth on tour we stopped at Johnny's place and showed him some tunes and he helped us craft some ideas we had and sophisticated our sound a little bit," Nicefield says. "So when it came time to figure out who should do the record, we had a handful of options but since we already had a working relationship and the dude really got it, really got the band, that was the way to go. We didn't have to explain ourselves or what we were trying to do. He already knew that, and we knew (Andrews) was going to be able to help us do exactly what we wanted." Nicefield adds that the quintet recorded 17 tracks with Andrews, "the majority of it in one fell swoop. We had to go back a few times, but we got a lot of it done pretty quickly."

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And despite talk of growth and sophistication, Nicefield promises that the album will still be "a rock'n'roll onslaught. The last record is kind of like a spastic kick in the groin; this record definitely has the same sort of mentality, but there's a crosshair on your genitals. We know exactly where we're kicking you."

While final decisions are being made about the album's title, track list and summer release date, Wilson will be on the road in Europe with Halestorm and Nothing More. Nicefield says the group is planning heavy touring to support the album, most likely well into 2016. Check some of those dates out below.

Wilson Tour Dates With Halestorm and Nothing More:
February 27 – Dublin, Ireland – The Academy
February 28 – Belfast, Ireland – Limelight
March 2 – Norwich, UK – UEA
March 3 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
March 5 – Leeds, UK – Academy
March 6 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowlands
March 7 – Inverness, UK – Ironworks
March 9 – Wolverhampton, UK – Civic
March 10 – London, UK – Roundhouse
March 12 – Southampton, UK – Guildhall
March 13 – Cardiff, UK – University (great Hall)
March 14 – Manchester, UK – Apollo
March 16 – Paris, France – Bataclan
March 17 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
March 18 – Tilburg, Netherlands – O13
March 19 – Hamburg, Germany – Gruenspan
March 21 – Stockholm, Sweden – Tyrol
March 22 – Oslo, Norway – Vulkan Arena
March 23 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
March 25 – Berlin, Germany – C-Club
March 26 – Warsaw, Poland – Klub Proxima
March 28 – Munich, Germany – Theaterfabrik
March 29 – Milan, Italy – Milan Fabrique
March 30 – Solothurn, Switzerland – Kofmehl
April 1 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp
April 2 – Cologne, Germany – LMH