Following the lead of successful Vancouver bands Moist and Age of Electric, Wayside hit the local scene with their own version of memorable rock/pop in December 1996. Wayside’s sound combines the diverse musical influences of Jane’s Addiction, Poison, and the Beatles to produce a modern rock sound reminiscent of Better Than Ezra, Foo Fighters, and Collective Soul. Merging an 80’s pop sensibility with a 90’s attitude, their songs blend melody with a dynamic energy. With the recent addition of a keyboard player, Wayside continues to grow and evolve. The band consists of Chris Deas (vocals/guitar), Mark Belsito (keyboards/backing vocals), Craig Whitehead (drums), and Derek Hemmes (bass).
Having played numerous small clubs and UBC beer gardens, Wayside has developed a strong and energetic stage presence. In the summer of ‘97, the group caught the attention of Vancouver promoter David Pearlman of Berlie Boy Productions. With Pearlman’s help, the band landed some larger shows including two full house, internet broadcast performances at the Web Cafe and an opening slot for Rymes With Orange at the Vanier Freedom Festival, UBC.
Presently the band is working with Craig Zurba of M R & D studios
on their debut recording--a 6 song EP that is scheduled to be released
in January. Wayside consistently draws a crowd from their UBC roots
and are looking forward to broadening their fan base. The band’s
goals for the next year are to wrap up their recording project, become
more involved the Vancouver music scene, and tour western Canada.