POZ Showcase: Waypoint
Waypoint emerged from Jackson, Mississippi in 2009 and have been busy gaining ground since. Waypoint’s debut release, Good and Well, sent the band in a much darker and emotive direction, and they began to venture into deeper musical waters, exploring the influential sounds of grunge and post-rock alongside their hardcore/emo roots. Waypoint returned to the studio in the summer of 2012 to record the EP Hollow Ground and followed the release with extensive touring, sharing the stage with the likes of As Cities Burn, Colour Revolt, Sainthood Reps, and The Weeks. The band has now recorded their debut Spartan EP which will be released this fall.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Justin plays guitar and sings, Salar plays bass and sings, Travis plays guitar, and Cody plays drums.
What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
It will be four years in December. Travis and Cody started the band with the intention of playing pop punk. (No you can’t hear the songs and no you won’t find them anywhere) After a few lineup changes we had a group that we felt was cohesive and began writing more serious music. After recording our full length, our bass player Emezie Harrison passed away and we dedicated the album to him in his honor. After deciding to continue on as a band, Salar joined and we’ve been like a family ever since.
Why should people listen to your band
If people like the music we create, they should listen to us. Of course, not everyone is going to like our band, and that’s fine! We hope that people will check us out and if they like what they hear, spread the word about us!
How have you grown since you started?
We feel that our music has matured a lot in the years that we have been a band. Writing and performing together has become natural and the music flows really well when we are all together. We have also grown a lot closer as friends during the time that we have been in the band together.
What sets you apart from other bands?
We have a lot of different influences that we blend together to try to create something that we feel is our own unique sound. We hope that our music, hard work, and DIY mentality set us apart from other bands.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
When we are all together. It’s amazing we get anything done at all because all we do is goof off and make stupid jokes.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
We listen to a pretty wide array of bands that influence the music we write. Some of our favorite bands are: HRVRD, Foo Fighters, Deftones, As Cities Burn, and many more.