The New Jersey band Wyland has had a fine 2014 so far. In May, the group won the Break Contest in its home state. CMJ also spoke highly of the band in its premiere of the track “Wait”: “Wyland have an instantly digestible sound that will only alienate people who dislike the simplicity of a good ol’ pop-rock bender.” Now you can stream the band’s newest tune, “Shine”, a song that brings to mind the anthemic stylings and pop affability of Coldplay.
Wyland’s singer/songwriter Ryan Sloan says to PopMatters about the track: “I wanted to write something that was dark yet optimistic; a tune that could allow someone to feel good about themselves whilst letting out a little angst. I think we captured it with ‘Shine’. Essentially, it’s a song about defeating the odds at a point in which everything seems lost.”
Wyland’s next release, the self-released and self-produced You’re in the World, Get Off Your Feet, will be out in February, leading into its presence at South by Southwest in March.