Four-piece alternative rock band Wyland will be playing Arlene’s Grocery in New York, NY on Tuesday, January 24th.
The band was recently featured on Impose Magazine to exclusively premiere their new single “Lights Go Dark.” This is the first single to release off of Wyland’s upcoming EP Snake Hill. The EP is set to drop on March 3rd, 2017 and was produced by Pat Noon (Brick + Mortar, The Front Bottoms, River City Extension).
Wyland is made up of Ryan Sloan (vocals/guitar/piano), Mauricio Salazar (guitar), Zach Calidonna (bass) and Chris Luna (drums). Their sound, which has elements of atmospheric rock and indie singer-songwriter influence, has received praise for being “Coldplay-esque” and “intense and tasteful melodic rock [that] will resonate with the most endearing Lumineer fan.” CMJ said, “Wyland has an instantly digestible sound.”
In 2015, the band released a couple demos which eventually led them to appear alongside bands like Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes, and the Vaccines, to name a few. Their latest EP In a Sea of Things Unsaid, which was released at the beginning of 2016, was received as “one of the strongest releases from a New Jersey band in 2016” by NJ.com. The album was also praised as one of the best of 2016 by publications like Clash Magazine and NKD Magazine.
“Without You”, the first single from In a Sea of Things Unsaid, went viral in the first month of its release with over 150k streams on Spotify. The song was also chosen as the grand prize winner in the John Lennon Songwritng Contest, for which the band received over 8k dollars in prizes and an opportunity to record a song live on the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.
With excitement towards the release of Wyland’s upcoming EP, they explain, “‘Snake Hill is a group of songs inspired by travel. We began writing it while touring down to SXSW in Austin, TX and didn’t finish it until the summer while touring in California”