While working to expand his debut solo EP into a full-length album, Erland Wanberg happened across Moon, Nate Keezer, and Marko Srdanov. The three were originally only slated to provide backing vocals and instrumentation on the developing album; however, the synergy grew until the four were undeniably one cohesive unit. The men branded their new band “Erland“, and worked together to secure the funding needed to complete their album and begin performing.
Erland released the full-length recording On Our Side in February of 2013. The folk-rock album is acoustic guitar-driven, but features carefully thought-out layers of electric guitar, horns, harmonica, and other finishing touches which serve well to complement the allure of the mellow lead vocals. Tracks like “Don’t Go Dying” and “Working for Free” exhibit Erland’s ability to excel at folk-rock, and to match chord-for-chord some of the genre’s better-known artists. On the other hand, songs like “Jump the Wagon”—which is stunning in its complexity—prove that Erland has the ability to branch out beyond typical folk-rock, and to do the unexpected. All-in-all, On Our Side is an exciting debut album, and reveals a band with great talent and potential.
To learn more about the band, to check out their show/tour dates, or to hear their music, visit their website. You can also stream songs from the album here. Enjoy a video of “My Love”, a thoroughly enjoyable song (and the first official music video from On Our Side) below.