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.