The Wayside Shakeup began in 2003 in an apartment in Philadelphia, PA. Founding members Chris DʼAntonio and Rob Volansky wrote a handful of original tunes that would eventually make up their self-titled debut album.
After a hiatus and reunion in 2007, they began writing songs again with the intent of recording and playing live. In 2011, after several years of gigging as an acoustic duo, mutual friend and keyboardist Eric Raible was asked to record on The Wayside Shakeupʼs debut album (The Wayside Shakeup), and signed on as the full-time keyboardist shortly after.
The lineup was filled out with John McLeod on bass and Mike Leger on drums. The group released its second album, Optimistic, in 2013, off which the title track received airplay on Philadelphiaʼs 88.5 WXPN and Radio 104.5, as well as on popular internet stations Gashouse Radio and XRP Radio.
The bandʼs diverse sound draws from a wide variety of influences of the members, from shades of groups like Pearl Jam to the Grateful Dead to Gaslight Anthem to Pink Floyd, and all points in between. Together, they form a melodic sound filled with soaring harmonies, compact jams, raucous blues romps, power-pop ballads and more – everything needed to get the crowd moving.
Playing live is a core tenet of the groupʼs ethos. Based in Philadelphia, The Wayside Shakeup has played some of their home regionʼs most popular rooms, including World Café Live, the Trocodero Theatre, longtime indie-rock venue The Legendary Dobbs, Ardmore Music Hall, as well as a number of outdoor festivals and events.
For Immediate Release Contact: Chris D’Antonio Phone: 609-238-6842 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Funky, Americana Rock Philly Band The Wayside Shakeup Release New Single “Stay Up” on Tuesday, February 2nd 2016 ! “Stay Up” ﬁnds The Wayside Shakeup diving into soulful balladry in the tradition of the Allman Brothers or CCR at their road-weary best. The track features Philadelphia roots rock artist Reed Kendall of Up The Chain pulling triple duty as producer, engineer and backup vocalist. Recording took place at Dr. Dog’s former studio in Philly, where trumpeter Greg Rosen of Swift Technique came in to lay down some accents. This is the ﬁrst time horns have been heard on a Wayside track. Mastered by frequent collaborator Dave Downham of Gradwell House Studios in South Jersey.
Listen to “Stay Up” here: https://soundcloud.com/thewaysideshakeup/stay-up/s-46BQB
“Stay Up” will be released digitally to download (iTunes, Amazon MP3) and stream (Spotify) on Tuesday, February 2nd.
Press: Rock on Philly’s Artist of the month, May, 2015 http://rockonphilly.com/2015/05/meet-our-artist-of-the-month-the-wayside-shakeup/ Philly’s The Wayside Shakeup Remains Optimistic http://popdose.com/phillys-the-wayside-shakeup-remains-optimistic/