The Wayside Shakeup began in 2003 in an apartment in Philadelphia, PA. Founding members Chris D’Antonio and Rob Volansky bypassed the usual acoustic cover list and ended up writing a handful of original tunes, one of which ended up as a centerpiece on their self-titled debut album.
After the initial creative spark, Chris and Rob went in different directions to explore creative endeavors. Volansky headed overseas and D’Antonio took root in South Philadelphia. The duo reunited in 2007 and began writing songs and playing live shows. Since the reformation and during the creative process, they’ve filled out the lineup with John McLeod on bass, Mike Leger on drums, and Eric Raible on keys. A wide variety of influences within the group fuel the sound of The Wayside Shakeup. D’Antonio grew up on doo-wop and Motown while Volansky is a product of equal parts Pearl Jam and Led Zepplin. Leger, McLeod and Raible often joke about starting a Marilion cover band —Prog! — and each also has roots in jazz and funk jams. Together, they form a melodic sound filled with soaring harmonies mixed with power-pop ballads and create the kind of energy needed to get a crowd moving.
Ranging from shameless pop to wobbly blues, these are songs tied together by players who wanted, simply, to make music that they would want to listen to.
So Groove out, belt out, and chill out!