First, let me start by saying that this category, like all of them, could have gone a number of ways. For example, I could have chosen a song with the grit of Roi & the Secret People’s “Hungry.” Just as tempting was the prospect of choosing VoirVoir’s youthful anthem, “I Wanna,” or virtually any track from Rofo Audio. In the end, however, I went a bit south to Philly, where The Wayside Shakeup released their single, “Stay Up,” earlier this year.
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Many of us on the music scene can relate to a song like The Wayside Shakeup’s “Stay Up.” We’re often out late, doing what we love, meanwhile someone waits patiently (or impatiently) at home for us to finish for the evening. As someone who had a special lady waiting for me as I attended the band’s show at MilkBoy last Friday, this song certainly speaks to me.
Naturally, then, you can imagine my excitement when they transitioned into the new single during their set. I was so taken in by the moment that I just had to hit record!
Consider this just a sample of the band’s great live show, which you need to make sure you see if you haven’t yet. They’re as tight a band as you’ll hear on the indie scene and, as an added bonus, they’re super cool to work with!
It felt great to be back in Philadelphia as The Wayside Shakeup opened up for Animal Years and Wild Adriatic at MilkBoy. The band’s set was tight as the guys played selections from their entire catalog, including their newest single, “Stay Up,” and selections from their funky “Private Party” EP.
Overall, Wayside’s set was a fun beginning to a great night of indie music in the City of Brotherly Love. Enjoy some photos from our night on the town, and be prepared for an extra treat from the show in the coming days.
The Wayside Shakeup has been a longtime mainstay on the Philly scene. Rob Volansky from the band joins us to talk about their projects, past and present. Also, we have a brief preview of some of the things to come on the scene in the next few months.
REVEL 9 – All I’ve Become (Opening theme)
John Scargall – Harder They Fall
The Wayside Shakeup – Optimistic
The Wayside Shakeup – Stay Up
Lauren Marsh – Dear Love
Avi Wisnia – Something New
uMan ERA – It’s All About Me
Mo7s – Make a Stand
Those who know The Wayside Shakeup know that they’re a versatile group of guys, each with distinctive musical tastes. Their most recent EP, “Private Party,” sees them use their talents to delve into the world of funk with the savvy of genre veterans.
This EP will get you up and moving from the start, beginning with the fast and fun title track. Indeed, “Private Party” sets the tone for a good time to come before heading into the groovy dance rock tune, “Silence is Your Soundtrack.” We then flow quite easily into the sunny “Finally Looking Up,” which laces jazz undertones and a fun chorus together to make even the biggest skeptics feel optimistic.
Things get very interesting on EP closer, “Wear You Down,” a six-and-a-half-minute romp that, in addition to funk, gives nods to 80s synth pop and Wayside’s trademark roots rock. This track is truly a journey, with a spacey, acoustic-based bridge that builds to the EP’s sonically climactic, feel-good ending.
If you haven’t been, now is a good time to begin following The Wayside Shakeup. The band proves on its “Private Party EP” that it has only just begun to tap into its potential. Let this EP serve as an introduction to their capabilities.
Philly-based Americana band The Wayside Shakeup released their newest single, “Stay Up,” on Feb. 2. Recorded at Dr. Dog’s former Philadelphia studio, the band adds support from trumpeter Greg Rosen of Swift Technique and Philly roots rocker Reed Kendall of Up The Chain, who produced, engineered and lent backing vocals to the track.
With “Stay Up,” The Wayside Shakeup has released a heartfelt traveler’s ballad that could quite easily serve as the soundtrack to a film montage featuring two long-distance, estranged lovers. Lead singer Rob Volansky’s vocals soulfully project the longing that accompanies being on the road and away from the one you love, while a listener can’t help but feel it on every note played by lead guitarist Chris D’Antonio during his solo around the two-minute mark.
Just before three minutes, the song begins to wrap up with a beautiful, a capella sing-and-clap-along moment before the full band re-enters to close out this expertly-crafted roots rock tune.
Watch the official lyric video for The Wayside Shakeup’s “Stay Up” below, and listen for the track on this Thursday’s edition of QSLehighValley!