Last month we turned you on to Michigan up-and-comers, Wayland. The hard rocking quartet, formerly known as Whiskey Circus, has made a huge name in the Midwest. Their take on fellow Michigonian Bob Seger‘s classic “Fire Down Below” opened the doors at terrestrial radio, and that opened the floodgates everywhere else.
The band’s first original single, the title cut from the band’s Welcome to My Head EP, is blowing up like the U.S. deficit. They can credit that explosion to the band’s blue-collar work ethic. They focus on the songwriting, getting out there and getting their hands dirty day in and day out.
Wayland is comprised of vocalist Mitch Arnold, guitarist Phillip Vilenski, bassist Dean Pizzazz, and drummer Tyler Coburn . Only Vilenski is actually from Wayland. Arnold hails from Bloomington, Indiana, while the other Michigan boys, Coburn and Pizzazz come from Middleville and Mt. Clemens, respectively. However it is that down to earth, blue-collar background that ties the guys together. True friends making honest rock and roll.
This week I caught up with Mitch while the band were between shows doing some writing for their up-coming full length album. We spent a good 30 minutes talking about the backstory of the band, the Welcome To My Head EP, Pop Evil, Kid Rock, Bob Seger, and the state of rock and roll in middle America.