There is something to be said for persistence. Some people either have it or they don’t, and the ones who are lacking in this quality seem to always complain about how bleak their options are for the future. Well to me it seems that in the life that is given to us, we must attempt to make our own way… no matter how many times you are knocked into the dirt. You really have to keep plugging away; no matter how tough it looks going forward, if you expect to succeed. In other words, regardless of how soiled you get on your attempts on life’s path, you need to just rinse and repeat.
“I just know, and I can speak for the rest of the guys when I say, everybody is just trying to be the best version of themselves that we can be.”
The band WAYLAND can never be accused of putting in a half-hearted effort. I mean you could ask them what their opinion of what it takes to make in the music industry is yourself; that is, if they were to stop moving long enough for you to pose the question to them. To say that this band is the epitome of the modern interpretation of the saying “A rolling stone gathers no moss”, would be more than fair. Since their inception in 2010, this band has hardly waited for life to drop the musical golden ticket in their lap. Wayland has played every chance they have been able to. From honky-tonk to multi-day festivals, this group of musicians has persisted almost to a fault!
“We don’t see the option of going home and getting day jobs…”
When someone pushes so hard at something, they have a tendency to miss the obvious things that are likely to trip a soul up. Did all the effort to achieve greatness through expression prove to be too much for certain members of this band named after a small Michigan township? Who knows, but it sure left fodder for some introspection that ultimately lead to a collection of songs that really get under your skin. Maybe it’s because we can all relate to something in their voices. A sense of wanting to get ahead but still remaining true and holding one’s head high? Not compromising on values or taking the easy way out, no matter how many times they were knocked down? Just because we come to the show with dirty knees, it doesn’t mean we are on them asking for mercy.
“It was us coming into our own…”
I recently had the chance to speak with Wayland vocalist Mitch Arnold about the drive the band has, and how they have worked through some internal trouble through the music. Take a listen to our chat about their influences, new energy, support from the Rock-n-Roll outlaw Jesse James Dupree, and their new (and maybe defining) album ‘Rinse & Repeat’ due out September 22nd.
Just remember folks, no one likes a quitter…