“With their chilled out alt-emo vibes similar to the likes of Turnover, Citizen and Title Fight, the pair of Thomas Davenport and Josh Ehmer are making strong waves as we head into the new year.” – The Noise
DECEMBER 3, 2020 – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – Australian rock duo Wayside have dropped their brand new single “In A Place” today. Inspired by elements of indie, 90’s rock & alternative genres, the new single is all about personal growth, reflection, and challenging beliefs that might be holding you back. Fans can listen to “In A Place” now at https://linktr.ee/Waysideaus.
On what the track means to him, vocalist Thomas Davenport says “Being able to reflect on a situation from some time ago, and recognizing how your thoughts and feelings can change through personal growth and letting go of those fears and anxieties. But on the surface, there are also strong parallel themes of courage and love. At the time I was wanting to retrace my steps, hoping to be given the opportunity to do things a little differently.”
“’In A Place’ was very close to not even being a song,” admits Davenport. “Josh [Ehmer, guitarist] and I had already finished writing the record, but there was this one guitar riff that Josh had written that I couldn’t get out of my head. The night before I flew to LA, we recorded 2 bars of it, wrote drums for those two bars, then copy and pasted it the whole thing 100 times and exported it.’
“Never before had we even considered using the same piece of music for the verse, pre chorus and chorus. This was an exciting challenge for us and we feel that it definitely paid off,” Davenport continues. “I think knowing we had the record written already, there was more creative and experimental freedom. It didn’t matter if this idea failed miserably, so there was more margin for error than before.”
“In A Place” was recorded & engineered with renowned producer Lachlan Mitchell (The Vines, The Jezabels) at Parliament Studios in Sydney while Callan Orr (Dream on Dreamer/Agnes Manners) mixed and mastered the track.
After a two-year break, Wayside are back and committed to the cause having released ‘Shine (Onto Me)’ & ‘Cherophobia’ that has amassed close to 200,000 plays already for the upcoming record. Support from the likes of Vogue & NME Magazines as well as, being featured with Alt Press and NPR, has the band gaining momentum worldwide.