“if you need a break from your ho-hum existence at any point and want to listen to some cleverly crafted and sweetly engineered music that is still so full of life, vigor and originality, then this is it.”
“This is infectious, relentless and the only performance/album I’m reviewing in several years that’s a 7 out of 7”
“They have become absolute masters of their craft...the finest of modern American music—informed by those who broke the ground for genre cross pollination, but that smacks of nothing that has come before it.”
"But the best band of the day (CMJ Music Marathon 2008 NYC, NY) was Hailey, Idaho-based Finn Riggins, a guitar, synth and drum combo that plays pulsating, anxious post-punk that has an arrestingly ramshackle quality to it... labyrinthine songwriting and epic, often ecstatically-shouted choruses."
“It’s indie rock as it should be: knotty, quirky, and wildly confident.”
“It (Vs Wilderness) kicks the asses of indie rockers that thought they had it all figured out”
“joyfully eccentric indie-pop workouts that juxtapose XTC, Blondie and the Poster Children... the band’s calculated harmonies and impressive poly-rhythms are irreverent and beautiful, as are the group’s quirky lyrics.”
“This is a band alive, awake and ready to pursue risky territory.”
“Part Sleater-Kinney/Yeah Yeah Yeahs, part second-wave 70s prog-rockers such as Camel or Eloy, Finn Riggins delivered a set that was as much blissful, porntastic keys and polyrhythmic drumming as it was the punkrockers that had so much disdain for such music.”
“Soaring and incredibly catchy...the work of an impeccably tight band.”
“with songs that weave together jubilant pop music, classical structure and an experimental edge. Artistically ambitious and playful, Vs. Wilderness hooks you with infectious melodies but keeps your attention with its imaginative songwriting.”
"Most memorable performance (MFNW 2008 Portland, OR): Finn Riggins. The peak. They shocked and stunned: Truly amazing, like a locomotive storming into a barn. ...in years to come this could be the band you wish you were on the front wave of."
“Truth be told, 'A President, A Pacifist, An Auto Restorer' is a fitting end for Finn Riggins’s A SOLDIER, A SAINT, AN OCEAN EXPLORER, as the album is itself a strange amalgam of oddball rhythms, uncommon chord progressions, head-banging pop-rock grit, and intelligent yet accessible songwriting.”
“With every U-turn and digression they emanate a distinct attitude of felicity and fun. They seem to be saying, 'Come and play. Our parents are gone for the weekend and we have the whole house to ourselves.”