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In 1998, Wayside released an EP called "...until now". All 6 of those songs will be included on our album "1996-2006" set for release on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and many other streaming services on April 8.

10 years, 20 tracks
3 EPs, 2 singles, 1 unreleased gem
indie, alt-rock, pop-punk

Band Name on Streaming Services: wayside-ca
Album: 1996-2006

The Accolades
The Music

Check out some excerpts from a few of the reviews of the EP from back in the day:

The Discorder (1999)

Imagine early Green Day-ish energy and harmonies, and a voice much like Nick Jones' from The Pointed Sticks... Now submit to the relentless hooks of writer/singer/guitarist Chris Deas, especially in the catchy first track, "Discontent." This little six-song EP runs from poppy to pained/earnest to tinged with that Seattle sound, and doesn't wear out it's welcome either. A promising effort.

The Georgia Straight (1998)

A band that lists Poison among its influences and aspires "to produce a modern rock sound reminiscent of Better Than Ezra, Foo Fighters, and the Refreshments" doesn't need much creativity, but it had better have its chops down. On that score, Wayside has certainly succeeded. The six songs on "...until now" are well-composed and tightly played, and Craig Zurba's production is polished. Any one of these tracks would be a natural fit on CFOX, wedged somewhere between the Gin Blossoms and Age of Electric on a weekday afternoon.

GigLink (1998)

***** (5 stars out of 5)

The opening track 'DISCONTENT' really grabs you with its poppy guitar, driving rhythm, and great vocal lines. I definitely get the feel of the 80's pop music scene throughout this song and the entire CD. Sounds very similar to Platinum Blonde meets the 90s, Stone Temple Pilots or The Killjoys--cool mix. I was sure I nailed that comparison when I heard 'MERGER', which was my personal favorite. This song opens with a cool guitar lick and drives right to the end. The closing song 'UNDONE' keeps the same tempo and driving rhythm as the rest of the album but has a little less vocal polishing than the others. This offers a little different feel, adding some punk rock to the mixture. I really liked this album and hope to hear more from these guys in the future. I had wished there were more songs on this release because there isn't one thing on this disc to complain about. It's an A-1 job from the song writing to the recording to producing to the packaging.

Here are some songs to whet your appetite:

Generation 1

Generation 2

Find Wayside's latest release on all major music streaming services as of April 8, 2022!

The Band The Story

Old School



Wayside dates back to the fall of 1995. The original line up was Chris Deas (guitar, vocals), Craig Whitehead (drums) and Derek Hemmes (bass).

Mark Belsito (keys, backup vocals) joined the band on September 16, 1997.

Wayside recorded their debut CD "...Until Now" in December 1997 and released it in March 1998.

In February 1998, on the strength of our recent album, Wayside was selected as one of the top bands of that year by CFOX.

In August 1998, Wayside recorded 'Jubilee' for CFOX's Vancouver Seeds 13 CD.

In March 1999, Derek left for Africa for 6 months and shortly thereafter, Bill Semrau took over on bass and backup vocals.

Wayside played at the New Music West festival in May 1999. This was Bill's first gig with Wayside. No pressure!

Derek rejoined the band in October 1999 resuming bass duties from Bill.

In May 2000, Wayside performed in the New Music West festival.

Bill rejoined Wayside in September 2000 after Derek's departure.

Wayside played at the New Music West festival in May 2001.

The band played their last gig with this line up in June 2001.

In September 2001, two Wayside songs (Merger & Undone) were featured in Electronic Arts' NHL 2002 video game.

In March 2002, Mark abandoned the keys for bass and Trent was added as a 2nd guitarist.

In August 2002, Wayside made it to the bandFEST BC Championship Finals after multiple preliminary rounds in this battle of the bands event.

Wayside recorded their 4 song EP late October/early November 2002.

In September 2003, Craig went to Africa leaving the band drummer-less.

The band played one more gig in September 2004 before unofficially packing it in.

In June 2006, Chris, Craig and Mark reunited and played a set on CiTR radio's Thunderbird Radio Hell.

Then came a 12 year hiatus... but Chris, Craig, Mark, Derek, Trent and Bill returned for a reunion gig on November 23, 2018 at the Anza Club.

On April 8, 2022, Wayside sees its music hit all major streaming services for the first time with 20 hits that span two centuries. All songs will be under the moniker wayside-ca.