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ERLAND / Press

"Erland launched the night on a rustic note. Originally hailing from Dana Point but now based in Santa Barbara, the enticing alt-folk quartet's half-hour performance culled from the McMahon produced EP All I've Got and their album On Our Side. With a style reminiscent of Guster, Counting Crows and a little Mumford & Sons, the harmonica-infused "Ain't Worth the Fight" and a good take on Bob Dylan's "The Times They Are a-Changin'" were highlights." -OC Register

"From the moment they got on stage, I knew I was going to absolutely love their music. It’s easy to see why Andrew McMahon would choose to work with these guys; their sound has a similar alternative feeling to it, but listening to their record as I write this review, it has a much more indie influence than anything Jack’s Mannequin or Something Corporate ever released. The band performed a solid, energetic 45 minute set that included songs ‘All I’ve Got’, ‘My Love’, ‘Long Way’, and a personal favourite called ‘Fall to Fly’. In fact, I thoroughly enjoyed every track they performed, but I particularly loved the song ‘Ain’t Worth the Fight’ which was co-written with Andrew McMahon."

"Sonically speaking, On Our Side builds seamlessly off the foundation laid by Erland’s EP. The songs fluctuate between working-man Americana and pop-tinged folk. The ballads (“Darlin’ Dear,” “On Our Side”) are simple and heartbreakingly earnest, and the upbeat offerings (“Ain’t Worth the Fight,” “Long Way from Home”) are lush, intricately constructed affairs filled with pretty acoustic flourishes and heartstring-tugging lap-steel parts. Lyrically, the album pulls from Wanberg’s struggles and triumphs, erring on the side of hopeful optimism and the idea that love will conquer all."

"Erland are the definition of a DIY band. From funding their album to crossing the country on their first tour, they handle every detail of their band themselves. With this DIY work ethic comes their debut album, On Our Side. A fantastic and honest look at life with an underlying theme of love throughout the album. Accompanying the storytelling is a band that brings Erland’s stories to life. Watch as Sam Weigand and The Aquarian interviews the members of Erland before their first ever NYC show. Take our word for it, you will be seeing these guys back soon."

"The debut album “On Our Side” by Santa Barbara, Calif. band ERLAND is truly a hidden gem. Their 12–track self-released album came out in February 2013 and has been described by some as a relationship album. When I was listening to it, I thought of it as more of a life album. Our lives are largely made up and dictated by the relationships we form. “On Our Side” is a great collection of songs that captures the essence of those relationships. A cool Southern California vibe flows throughout this album from start to finish, and if you enjoy Of Monsters and Men, Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers, this album is right up your alley."

“ERLAND was interviewed by Brad Bershad while traveling from Raleigh, North Carolina to Nashville, Tennessee while on their Spring Tour...”