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The Great Wilderness
OriginSan Jose, Costa Rica
GenresPost punk, shoegaze, dream pop
Years active2009–present
Associated actsLolita Piñata, Las Robertas, Alphabetics
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersPaola Rogue
Jimena Torres
Marco Gölcher
Diego Trika
Past membersAndrea San Gil
Monserrat Vargas
Alexandro Baviera

The Great Wilderness (TGW) is a dream rock band from Costa Rica, influenced by British post punk and alternative rock.

The group has toured Europe visiting cities like Berlin (playing at Lido), London (The Old Blue Last, The Dublin Castle), Manchester (Night & Day Cafe) and Paris (Le Motel). Sharing the stage with acts like Ghxst, Portugal. The Man and La Pegatina.

The band has been featured in publications like The NME Magazine, Noiseloop and Cuchara Sonica, where it was chosen as the best new underground band of 2010.

On January 31, 2012, they were announced as part of the bill for the Festival Imperial alongside artists like Björk, Manchester Orchestra and The Flaming Lips. They showcased at SXSW 2012 and played during Canadian Music Week 2013.

They are currently working on their third production, a 10-song LP titled In the Hour of the Wolf.


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Discography
  • 3 Videography
  • 4 External links


The initial lineup was formed in 2009 when Paola Rogue (vox, guitar) and Andrea San Gil (drums) decided to carry on after the split of their previous act, Lolita Piñata. They were soon joined by Monserrat Vargas (bass), who had played with Paola in previous projects years back.

After spending the first part of the year practicing and crafting songs, they started playing in several local venues such as El Cuartel, Latino Rock and El CENAC, amongst others.

The group was joined by Jimena Torres as a second guitar in 2010. With their lineup finally complete, they set on to record and release their first EP titled Afterimages of Glowing Visions, a semi-conceptual work based on a post-apocalyptic dream that leads to the discovering of one's inner world.

In November 2010, they revealed their second EP, Tiny Monsters, to the public. It is a 6-song album focused on topics such as claustrophobia, determinism and obsessiveness. After this release, the band has been featured in publications like The NME Magazine, Noiseloop and Cuchara Sonica, where it was chosen as the best new underground band of 2010.

The band released a double single on April 15. The song is called “Dark Horse” (parts 1 and 2) and it was also accompanied by a live video recorded by the production company Sürrealista at a show that took place in El Lobo Estepario. The single was available for download at their Bandcamp page.

In September 2011 they embarked on their first European tour, which took them to countries such as France, Germany and the UK. During this tour they played along bands like Ghxst (USA), Portugal. The Man (USA) and La Pegatina (Spain), among others.

Soon alter returning to Costa Rica, they participated in the compilation Sí San José, a project conceived by the North American producer Vito Petruzzelli (in collaboration with Daniel Ortuño and Adrian Poveda) which featured 9 bands of the Costa Rican indie scene. The compilation received acclaim both nationally and internationally. After completing the recording process for this project, Andrea San Gil left the band and was replaced by Alexandro Baviera, known for his work with bands like A Cry for Marie and Alphabetics.

In December 2011, "Dark Horse" won the award for best song of 2011 given by renowned members of the Costa Rican press through the digital magazine 89decibeles. On that same month, they received an invitation to participate in North American festival SXSW, which took place during the month of March 2012. They showcased with bands like Cymbals Eat Guitars, A Classic Education and Ganglians.

Their return home saw them play at the Imperial Festival along artists like Björk, The Flaming Lips, Cage the Elephant, Manchester Orchestra and TV on the Radio among many others. The reviews of their performance were positive and the band started to gain a bigger following in Costa Rica. Sadly, they had to face the loss of founder and bassist, Monserrat Vargas, who decided to quit the band due to personal conflicts and her desire to focus on her other project, Las Robertas.

The band quickly got back on their feet with substitute bassist, Gustavo Quiros, who helped them get through previous commitments and the recording of their first LP, In the Hour of the Wolf. This album was created with the help of Ronald Bustamante, Daniel Ortuño and Giancarlo Tassara of Miüt Audio, San Jose. The tracks revolve around the theme of loss and recovery with a much heavier sound and an inclination towards bass and drum dynamics.

With the album still in mixing and mastering process, they travelled to Toronto to play during Canadian Music Week 2013, where they shared the stage with groups like Revolvers, Funeral Suits and A Place to Bury Strangers in several concerts around town, including an event organised by Filter Magazine as part of their Culture Collide initiative.

The band is currently preparing another small tour and finishing details of their LP. Its release is expected for mid-2013.


  • Afterimages of Glowing Visions (Jun 2010)
  • Tiny Monsters (Nov 2010)
  • Dark Horse (Single) (Apr 2011)
  • In the Hour of the Wolf (Jun 2013)


  • On Smoke (September 2010, Cazadora Producciones)
  • Nicolas Cage & Kiddy Plane (September 2010, Cazadora Producciones)
  • Dark Horse (March 2011, Sürrealista)

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