Wayland, named after the band's hometown area in Michigan, has been a band for 7 years, but has only had their name since 2010. The band is managed by Jesse James Dupree (Jackyl, TruTV's Full Throttle Saloon). Wayland released a 4 song EP in December 2011, wich includes their first single "Welcome to My Head," the second single "Nobody's Perfect" and their tribute to a MI great, Bob Seger's "Fire Down Below." "Welcome to My Head" peaked at #36 on the National radio charts in 2012. The band's latest single, Reno, is rising up the active rock charts.
For 2012 and 2013, Wayland was on the road over 300 days a year. We will be touring nonstop this year as well. The band is quickly becoming known on a national level for their quality, high energy show and work ethic, adopting the slogan "Always On Tour."
Wayland has shared the stage with acts such as Slash, Stone Temple Pilots, Shinedown, Hinder, Seether, Pop Evil, Sick Puppies, Foreigner, Heart, Lifehouse, Jackyl, Vince Neil, Smashmouth, Eddie Money, Buckcherry, Volbeat, Saving Abel, All That Remains, Blackstone Cherry, Sevendust, and many many more.
The band has won many awards this past year and has been recognized by many music magazines and online publications. Most recent include "Best Band" and "Best Recording" awards by Rockwired magazine, as well as being chosen to represent Dean Guitars in the 2013 NAMM Jam, opening for Shinedown at the NAMM convention in LA. The latest award is the Mid-Atlantic Rock Review's Golden Horns for Best Break-out Artist, where Wayland was up against other fast rising acts like Otherwise, Devour the Day, and Eye Empire.
Wrapping up 2013, Wayland's songs were recognized and voted into many "best of 2013" countdowns, such as WJJO in Madison WI and KIBZ is Lincoln NE. In Wausau WI, "Reno" was voted #32 in the top 100 and Nobody's Perfect was the #1 song of the year.
Wayland is sponsored by local and national companies Jesse James Outlaw Bourbon & Spirits and American RV. The band is officially endorses Dean Guitars, Ddrum, Paiste Cymbals, Promark drum sticks, Evans drum heads, Pure Sound Snare wires, Egnater Amplification, and SIT Strings.
Wayland has been on many of the large radio festivals across the country such as WJJO Band Camp, WGRD Wingstock, WILRock Fest, KRock dysfunctional BBQ, Rock Fest Cadott and many more. The EP "Welcome to My Head" is getting radio play in across the US as well as the UK, Germany, Japan, Australia and France.
The band has taken on the world of social media by storm, utilizing Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Bandsintown, YouTube, and Reverbnation. The Facebook page has become a hub of energy as our fan club, The Wayland Warriors, (almost 20,000 strong) grows by an average of 200-300 per week. Our fans look forward to being featured as "Warrior of the Day" and they enjoy "Wayland Wednesday" which we use to release new content, launch online merch sales etc.
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