Wayward City is one of those bands that makes a conscious decision to ease away from genre labels and blur lines at every step. To me, this alone makes them interesting. Additionally, their music is fun and enjoyable. They’re absolutely worth investigating.
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- What are your biggest musical influences?
Our influences range pretty vastly. Everything from rock, post-rock, noise-metal, to jazz. Some bands we really draw inspiration from are Thrice, Circa Survive, Gang of Youths, and Nothing But Thieves, Muse, Amberlin [sic], Extol, Killswitch Engage, Jeff Buckley, Citizen, Teenage Wrist, etc. We’re constantly throwing new bands to have each other listen to in our group chat!
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
Our vocalist’s guiltiest of pleasures would probably have to be Seal. No shame. That dude can still rip. Other than that – really strange ambient noise metal? Go check out the band Daughters.
- What’s next for the band?
We took most of 2019 off so that we can concentrate on writing and recording our new EP. If all goes according to plan, we should have it released this summer with a slew of show dates and hopefully some touring!
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
It’s definitely made it easier for us to get our music out there. Spotify is basically our barometer for our fan engagement outside of the normal social media outlets. Hard to believe how far removed it is from when we were kids and would end up having to go to the local mall and buy CDs. It is nice to see the influx of people appreciating vinyl, however. It would be cool to get some of our new stuff pressed for sale at our shows.
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
For Dave, his personal convictions and ideals definitely take a front seat when it comes to his lyrical content and overall message development. Even when it comes to choosing occasional songs to cover, if the content is lewd or contraindicated, we tend to find another feel-good tune perform. Craig is a huge comedy fan and both him and Ted are pretty big motorcycle enthusiasts. Not really sure how that influences the music but we’re sure it does somehow!
Also…. we all really like beer. Every working title of a song we have is named after what we were drinking that night.
- Can you describe your sound?
We’ve been compared to everyone from Circa Survive to Thrice, to Killswitch Engage. That last one is a good laugh. We aim to write and transcend genres in general for the sake of avoiding specific labels and boxing ourselves into one particular nitch [sic] or sound; therefore, we tend to develop what we hope is something organic, real, and overall genuine.
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Ironically enough, some of the older Killswitch Engage albums have been getting Dave through his workouts. It’s kind of hard to lift to anything that doesn’t provide a driving, breakdown-laden force in order to assist in “getting that weight up”. I’m no meathead, nothing against meatheads, but I can’t lift to Meatloaf.
Craig has been on a Daughters kick basically since they released their album You Won’t Get What You Want in October 2018. I’ve also been really into some newer post-pop stuff like Citizen and Teenage Wrist
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Dave: I always loved music growing up despite not showing an interest in learning how to play an instrument, but I always sang. To everything. All the time. It wasn’t until high school when I joined the school’s choir, mostly to get out of literature class, that I began to really show a genuine interest in singing. Fast forward to the age of 19, my church at the time was desperately searching for a 3rd act to fill the final slot of a show they were hosting. No luck. So Elotheos was assembled. With 3 weeks to spare, we wrote 2 originals and learned a cover. The rest is history.
Craig: I’ve been playing music for as long as I can remember. I started sneaking my dad’s old guitars out from under his bed when I was like 10 or 11 and was hooked from a pretty early age. In high school I started getting into heavier stuff and that kind of shaped a lot of my playing, but it wasn’t until college that I started to branch out into other genres. I spent a lot of time in my early 20’s just going to songwriter and jazz open mics to sit in and that really opened me up to a whole new way of playing and writing and even listening!
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
It can really change from song to song. A lot of times it just starts with a guitar line, or a bass line…maybe a drum groove. If it’s catchy enough, someone in the room will pick up on it. Sometimes, fleshing out full songs on your own and then having the rest of the guys pick it apart to weed out the non-essentials or even just be brutally honest in saying this song is crap.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Dave – Further Seems Forever Hide Nothing
Craig – Jeff Buckley’s Grace
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Thrice, Incubus, Nothing But Thieves, Citizen, Teenage Wrist, The Band Royale…for starters
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
Dave – Call me old school but I definitely prefer releasing albums over singles. Nothing wrong with singles but a single will only hold the attention of listeners for so song. Not to mention, albums capture a season or theme that can be compromised or lost with the “single here and there” approach. I think singles or “b-sides” are great for that transitional period between EP/LP releases but not “the way” it should be done going forward.
Craig – Our first 5 songs have all been released as singles and from a logistical standpoint, it makes tracking and getting stuff onto playlists way harder than if you have a collection of songs. We’ve talked about redistributing them as an EP to make it easier for that reason.