Australian-rock duo Wayside have just released their brand new single, “Cherophobia,” today. The duo — comprising of vocalist Thomas Davenport and guitarist Josh Ehmer — dig into all of their influences and craft a single that has huge emotional spirit, driving guitar melodies and even pop sensibilities creating a sound that is fresh, young and exciting to a new generation of alternative music fans.
“It’s about believing that I’m the best version of myself when I’m alone. I typically go a little insane when I care a lot for a person, and I don’t like myself when that happens. When I’m alone, no one’s thoughts, words nor actions can influence my mind; There’s also an element of choosing to be alone, rather than settling for something that is mediocre / I’m not certain about,” shares Davenport on “Cherophobia.”
“I guess the message I’m trying to deliver is that it’s okay to choose yourself, not to settle for something that you’re not certain of. As someone whose feelings can fluctuate a lot, I like the certainty and consistency of just looking after myself.”
Ehmer adds on, saying “When I was writing the guitar for the song, I think one of the main things I wanted to do was to focus on and play with dynamics between sections of the song. So, we went for a loud and driving sound in the verse and a more quiet open chorus. I remember at one point thinking we’d tried to do a ‘reverse Nirvana’ in that sense.”
“Cherophobia” was recorded and engineered with renowned produce Lachlan Mitchell (The Vines, The Jezabels) at Parliament Studios in Sydney while Callan Orr (Dream on Dreamer/Agnes Manners) mixed and mastered the track.