Wayside is approaching
its ninth year of existence. They have had 2 different drummers, four
different bass players, three different guitarists, and a keyboard player
pass through their ranks. They have evolved from a scrappy university band
to a slightly more polished gigging and recording collective. So what do
they sound like? Well it’s hard to say. Band members site everything
from Motley Crue, to Oasis, to the Posies, to
pretty much a bit of everything as influences. But through all the years
and musical trends, Wayside has always managed to distill this down into a
sound of their own. It’s about melodies, driving rhythms, high energy
and most of all, not taking themselves too
seriously. They are not making music for the masses,
they are making music first and foremost for their friends, fans and
themselves. This formula has served them well over the years and kept
them going strong while many of their peer bands have packed it in.
When Wayside was
formed, their goals were to record a CD, get a song on the radio, play as
many shows as possible and entertain as many people of possible. 8 years
later they have achieved all of these goals and more.
Wayside released its
debut CD "…Until Now" in 1998. It earned them a spot as a finalist in
the PMIA/CFOX sponsored DemoListen Derby
1998 and ultimately led to their inclusion on the Vancouver Seeds 13 CD.
Wayside have had two songs
played on local radio station CFOX: Discontent from "…Until Now" and
The Only One from their web-released sampler in 2003.
Wayside have had another
song, Weak, place 17th out of 3,054 songs on the
Garageband website contest in 2003.
Wayside have had
their music used in EA Sports NHL Hockey videogame.
Wayside have played
over 70 shows in the Vancouver area and participated in the New Music
West festival in 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Wayside were a
finalist in the Bandfest2002 "battle of the band" based on the their
Wayside spent much of
2004 taking a break from the music scene. Band members spent the time
traveling the globe, honing song writing skills and basically just
spending some time apart. What brought them back together? As clichéd as
it sounds, they still had a love for music. They still had songs they
wanted to perform and record, and most of all they still wanted to
entertain friends, fans and themselves, basically the same reason they
started this up 8 years ago.
what can I say, this song is simply a great pop/rock song. Everything is
here. The hook, the melody, the chorus, the structure, the guitar licks,
the rhythm, the . . . well . . . you get the idea. Similar sound to Jimmy
Eat World (?). It's the whole package, really. I won't at all be surprised
if one day I flick on the telly and find this song bouncing its way up the
Top Ten. I won't turn over either."
Garageband.com Review of "The Only One" from our latest CD.
would be a natural fit on CFOX, wedged somewhere between the Gin
Blossoms and Age of Electric on a weekday afternoon. In short, this EP
Lucas, The Georgia Straight