Wayward City – Interview

Wayward City – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: What type of artist are you?

WC: We’re artists that don’t take ourselves too seriously but we’re dead serious about writing music that we can collectively be extremely proud of. When it comes to the writing process, we tend to all be very engaged and equal contributors. Sometimes this results in scrapping or shelving a part for the sake of not “missing the forest for the trees”. For that reason, Wayward City’s song writing has always been a very democratic process.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

WC: The band’s formation began back in 2009 but didn’t come into it’s proper fruition until 2015. Within those 6 years, we went through several line-up changes, different genres, and overall approaches to song writing before ever officially released or inevitably playing anything out live under the name, Wayward City. Fun fact, among the band names that never made the cut lie Oceanscape, Anzio, and the Wakeners! The current line-up is healthier and more enthused than ever before. We truly believe our best lies before us.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

WC: Just to name a few musical influences, our vocalist, Dave Torres, grew up listening to practically everything from Earth, Wind, and Fire to Tool. His guiltiest pleasure would probably be Seal and his favorite album is Hide Nothing by FSF. His non-musical would definitely include his wife, faith, and Nursing career. Some of the other bands we draw from are Thrice, Circa Survive, Gang of Youths, and Nothing But Thieves, Muse, Amberlin, Extol, Killswitch Engage, Jeff Buckley, Citizen, Teenage Wrist, etc. We’re always sending new material to each other to listen to.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

WC: Our dream is currently being met by getting together, cracking the brews, and writing with hearts in hand whenever we get the chance. Our goals would include playing more shows, experiencing that tour life, and playing a couple well known festivals. We’re not looking to be the next Justin Beiber but we don’t intend on going quietly into the dark.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

WC: As before mentioned, we’re all co-writers in the process and we’re not afraid to say, “hey.. that sucks.” Or “hey…. I like the idea but it’s not quite there.” It sounds harsher than it really is but we have a No Ego policy in our group. Ain’t nobody got time for egos and they’re not tolerated. We work together. It works for us. In regards to what they’re about? You’ll have to come and ask Dave after a live set. We’ll be more than happy to break it down!


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

WC: Its really just a lot of hitting social media hard with what we’re doing and making sure that we are always looking for new outlets to show people what we’re all about.  Outside of that, we like to make sure that we are supportive of our local scene, which I’m sure you hear a ton from other bands, but honestly, it’s the best thing you can do for yourself and the community around you if you want your music to thrive.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

WC: For us, it’s a really useful tool being that we’re in a position where we are trying to really push ourselves to the next level.  Being able to download or stream our stuff is probably the best way for us to be able to really spread the word.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

WC: Too many to answer.  We’re constantly throwing new songs from different artists at each other in our group chat.


PD:What are some of your pet peeves?

WC: Downtime.  That incessant hurry-up-and-wait feeling when you’re anxious to get on stage.  Also…packing peanuts.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

WC: This one hasn’t happened yet, but we’re all really stoked on the release of our new EP.  Tracking is almost done and we’re looking to have a release set for mid-summer.  It signifies a lot in terms of how far the band has come and the changes we’ve made together (and a part).  Different members, different songwriting approach, new goals to push ourselves towards.  It’s gonna be fun!


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

WC: See above!


PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

WC: No shows currently on the books but stay tuned at or follow us on Facebook (/waywardcitymusic) or on instagram (@waywardcity) to stay up to date on what it is we’ve got coming up!

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