Reviewed by: Julia Cirignano
The Way Down Wanderers combines folk with boy-band appeal: a quintet with gorgeous vocals, instrumentals, some dreads and a whole bunch of youthful energy. The five band members originate from Peoria, Illinois and consists of vocalist and guitarist Austin Thompson, drummer John Merikoski, bassist and vocalist John Williams, banjo and fiddle player Travis Kowalsky, and Collin Krause who plays fiddle, mandolin, and lead vocals. These musicians have various backgrounds in music, so they each contribute something important to the overall band. Because of this, their music is interesting, complex, and energetic.
The Way Down Wanderers have created a beautifully natural, yet unique sound. Their compositions are clean and clever, which interact beautifully with their harmonies. They have acquired every ingredient they need to make the perfect potion for raising a glass.
This band has diverse talent, and many years to explore their own musical abilities and personal forms of expression. They have just began their careers, and I predict that they will continue to surprise and please their fans. This is one summer album and tour that you don’t want to miss. http://thewaydownwanderers.com/tour