Wayland, MI — Jude Cole’s Ironworks label has released the debut EP from Wayland. Cole has been instrumental in leading the band to find their true roots, and inevitably nurtured the sparks that are quickly becoming pockets of fire in the Midwest. The four-piece rock and roll band from Michigan who, thinking it was the right thing to do, pooled their money and made the leap to pack up the van and move to Los Angeles. While living in LA, playing any gig they could book, they were introduced to Cole, who quickly identified that Wayland belonged in the Midwest. He challenged them to get back to their roots in the heart of Middle America, and after some convincing, they agreed. Soon after moving straight back to their namesake hometown of Wayland, Michigan, everything fell in to place.
The band made fast friends with the nationally syndicated morning show Free Beer And Hot Wings by bringing them breakfast in exchange for airplay. One of the morning DJ’s found Wayland an easy target for reaching out in this way, but after just one spin of “Welcome To My Head,” listeners fell in love with the song. The Program Director at WGRD JT agreed, adding it to the stations rotation. The phones lit up instantaneously, prompting the PD to share, “The talent this band possesses is unreal and they have the #1 most requested song on our airwaves, and sold out shows all over Michigan to back it up!” Not taking anything for granted, and appreciative for the momentum now being enjoyed, Guitarist Phil Vilenski reveals, “We are tired, broke, but have never loved our lives more than we do at this moment. This is the life we’ve always dreamed about and talked about.”
Enjoying giant local success, Wayland wasted no time in hitting the road in a donated RV from a local camper supply house and they haven’t looked back. After performing live on WJJO, WXRX, WBUZ, KQRC, and WFTK, the band has been added to the airwaves across the country and has been invited to participate in some of the most recognizable summer festivals in 2012. Much of this success has been fueled by the introductions made to radio by Jesse James Dupree. The Jackyl front man, Tru-TV Network Star (Full Throttle Saloon), and label chief of Mighty Loud is Cole’s partner in Wayland, and intertwined in the band’s activities and positioning.
The EP “Welcome To My Head” is now available online at all retailers.
Wayland’s current itinerary includes appearances in:
3/07 Bristol, TN O’Mainnin’s Pub & Grille
3/08 Rock Hill, SC The Money
3/10 Summerfield, FL DJ & Gina’s
3/11 Cape Coral, FL Rackem Billiards
3/14 Pompano Beach, FL Play By Play
3/22 Heyworth, IL Circle II
3/23 Springfield, IL Catch 22
3/28 Wilmington, IL Freakster’s Roadhouse
3/29 Rockford, IL Bar 3
3/31 Battle Creek, MI Planet Rock (w/ Pop Evil)
4/07 Kalamazoo, MI The Wayside
4/11 Pendleton, SC The Twisted Spoke
4/12 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
4/13 Clarksville, TN The Warehouse
4/14 Marion, OH Tink’s Rock House
4/20 Easley, SC KrossroadZ Country & Rock
4/28 Kokomo, IN Rock Bottom Bar & Grill
7/27 Hillsboro, OH Hog-Jam Music Festival