Track 1. Slow Down (featured in the movie soundtrack Swim Fan)
Track 2. Whisper
WAYNE was a very
melodic and accessible alternative pop/rock band from Birmingham, AL.
Despite its Deep South roots, this Wayne is not overly Southern-sounding; no one
would mistake the Alabama quartet for Lynyrd Skynyrd,
the Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Black Oak Arkansas, or any other bands that have had
a stereotypically Southern sound.
The Southern band that Wayne has the most in common with is Georgia's R.E.M.;
Wayne shows a healthy appreciation of the Beatles and British Invasion rock. But
not all of Wayne's influences are British Invasion or Brit-pop influences;
the artists who have influenced Wayne come from North America (Neil Young,
the Beach Boys) as well as Great Britain (Elton John, Radiohead .
Wayne is a perfect example of a band that has both Baby Boomer and Generation X
influences — there are plenty of '60s and '70s influences
on Wayne's debut album, Music on Plastic, but there are also plenty of
alternative rock influences (including R.E.M .
Wayne was formed in 1997 by Rodney Reaves, Rusty Smithson and Jon Hornsby . Lead
guitarist/singer Michael Swann joined after
leaving the band Mars Electric. Rodney Reaves wrote all of the songs on
Music on Plastic except a cover and (hidden track) of Elton John's 1973 classic
Yellow Brick Road". After the album was recorded, Smithson (bass, vocals) left
the band and was replaced by Justin Johnson.
Playing around Birmingham, AL, and elsewhere in the Southeastern United
States in the late '90s,
Wayne created a buzz and developed a small regional following. In the early
2000s, Reaves landed a publishing deal with EMI,
which funded the recording and producing of Music on Plastic.
Thanks to EMI, Wayne had a finished product and began shopping it; TVT liked
what it heard and signed the band.
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