NASHVILLE, Tenn. – “This is the same old WAYLAND but like you’ve never heard them before,” laughs manager Alyssa Hoffman of THE SERVICE upon the release of the country-rock band’s brand new single, Looking For A Bar which released to streaming services everywhere today, Friday, September 2.
Looking For A Bar is imbued with the signature guitar riffs and narrative-driven lyricism that WAYLAND has built a career on. Penned by hitmakers, Bernie Nelson, Jim “Moose” Brown, and AJ Kross, and produced in Nashville, Tennessee by Moose, Looking For A Bar was the easiest choice to make when it came to deciding on a single. Lead guitar player, Phill Vilenski shares,
“ It sounded like a WAYLAND song and that’s really the only thing that’s important to us. We’ve met so many amazing songwriters in our co-writing sessions lately and while getting to know them as friends, it’s amazing to listen to their previously written songs that kinda feel like they were waiting for us. “
The lyrics take us to where we’ve all been before: heartbroken, processing and quite literally, “looking for a bar.” WAYLAND sings:
“I’m not looking for answers or a one night stand
No, I haven’t really thought that far
I’m just looking for a bar
I’m looking for a place where nobody knows my name
Somewhere it’s okay to break down
I’m just looking for a spot
Where baby you’re not
Throwback a couple shots
And yell ‘hey now’
I’m just out here in my car
I’m just looking for a bar“
WAYLAND’s extraordinary independent touring schedule has seen sell outs across the midwest as they toured the country for seven years, three hundred days per year building a fanbase nobody could take away from them.
Their four top forties and two top twenties have seen consistent, national airplay.
All of this coupled with their breakout success into the country format has officially proven WAYLAND as a mainstay in the rock and country crossover circuit.
This point is driven home when you realize that most bands have a hometown, but WAYLAND has a hometown and a “home away from hometown” with Madison, Wisconsin showing just as much love as Grand Rapids, Michigan. After a decade of number one’s at WJJO and sold out headlining shows, WAYLAND makes history again by becoming the first band to play two nights in a row at the town’s annual festival Taste Of Madison, playing both the WJJO rock stage and Q106 country stage on September 3rd and 4th.
Q106 is the first country station in the USA to add WAYLAND into regular rotation. Music Director Kristi Kelly and her husband and on-air personality Johnny Danger are longtime WAYLAND Warriors, with Kelly even walking down the aisle to the fan favorite ballad, “She Lights It Up” when marrying Danger last year during the pandemic.
The time and space the pandemic offered allowed WAYLAND to clearly define the sound for this next record. Their first performance back in Nashville after defining that sound at Live Oak in Midtown attracted the likes of Food Network to invite them onto an episode of ‘Diner’s Drive In’s and Dives’. They were subsequently invited back for an episode of ‘Guy’s All American Road Trip‘ where Guy got to know the band and deemed them “the next big thing in music no one saw coming.” Alyssa laughs again, “the whole universe knows Guy Fieri has the best taste.”
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