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Crashing Wayward


“A band to keep an eye on, emerging rapidly in the modern rock landscape”.


“11 tracks of fresh, tough-toned rock music full of top-flight vocals, guitar ideas, and an intense desire to not sound like any other band.” 


Crashing Wayward came together in the Spring of 2020, just when the world seemed to come to a halt. In that stillness, the band grew restless, feverishly writing emotionally fueled songs of hope, inclusion, and escape. The music on their debut album “LISTEN!” represents a cathartic release raw in approach, yet refined in tone. Lyrically poetic and musically illuminating, Crashing Wayward paints a landscape that stretches beyond alternative hard rock and explores the diverse influences of each of its band members, vocalist Peter Summit, guitarists Stacey David Blades and David Harris, bassist Carl Raether, and drummer Shon McKee.


The unrestrained passion which fuels the new single “Closer” provides a perfect introduction to what this band is all about. A hit waiting to happen on an album full of potential singles, “Closer” made an immediate impact on multiple playlists, including Apple Music’s “Breaking Hard Rock.” It is accompanied by a powerful new music video directed by Mason Wright. Crashing Wayward’s live show is powerfully electric and engaging, inviting every audience to journey within a fully immersive experience reminiscent of their most iconic predecessors (comparisons include Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, U2, and Foo Fighters). Performances in demanding markets such as Nashville, Las Vegas, and Hollywood, headlining as well as opening for national acts, have proven this act is well-prepared for the next level. Respected public relations icon Mitch Schneider declares them “arena ready,” while radio/TV personality Eddie Trunk says, “I’ve seen them live already and they deliver.”


“LISTEN!” by Crashing Wayward was produced by heavy hitter Mike Gillies, whose credits include a long tenure with Metallica as well as studio work with Motley Crue and The Cult. The album will be available worldwide June 9th on CD and all digital/streaming platforms, with the vinyl edition to follow later this summer. The CD packaging is a jewel case with a 12-page booklet including lyrics. “Any time a new artist breaks into fresh territory like this, it tends to defy explanation,” adds RFK Media president Ron Keel. “Terms like modern alternative hard rock certainly apply, but we’re seeing – and hearing – a much bigger picture here. This is one of those rare acts with the potential to make musical history.”


Recent tour dates supporting such diverse names from Puddle Of Mudd to Slaughter prove this act is at home on any stage, any time. Crashing Wayward genuinely pour their soul, blood, sweat, tears, and hearts into song and show. Equally primordial and intellectual, their music embodies the fundamental hypnotic quality of rock music and makes them the band to watch in 2023 and beyond.

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