On a chilly night in November of 2018, I had the opportunity to interview the band, Wallysburg. An indie/pop band from Tampa, FL and at the time currently working on their first, self-produced EP. This quartet made a lasting impression on me with how personable and passionate they are.
On February 7th, Wallysburg shared with us what they’ve been growing since the beginning of 2018. They have released their new single “Grey”. The song about growing up, facing the trials of mental illness, and discovering that love can be an amazing healer along the way.
We were able to speak with Doug Lanza about his inspiration for Wallysburg new track “Grey”. This is what he had to say,
“The idea for the song, “Grey” came to me the morning after the worst panic attack of my life.
At the time, I was having dinner with my then-girlfriend for our anniversary, when the sudden upheaval of dread and fear crashed over me like a 20ft wave. It’s a miracle I could drive us back to the apartment. By the time we had made it home, I had lost it all together, and was spiraling. Hyperventilating, blacking out, having delusions, begging my girlfriend to not let me die of a heart attack. Yet, she was the best comfort I could have asked for. She held me and kept so calm while she talked me down from the extremities of my excruciating adrenaline rush. She never left my side the rest of the night. I don’t know how I would have ever fell asleep and put an end to an episode like that without her.
The next morning, in a foggy state of unease, I had a moment of catharsis when a melody came to me. The good ones always come with strong emotions. The vocal line and the lyrics in the chorus of “Grey” echoed in the kitchen, which I recorded on a voice memo that I still have from 2017! Since then, the song has been recorded in several different forms, but finally made the most sense as the pop-driven track we recorded, produced, and mixed ourselves.”
“Grey” is a song about having somebody close to hold onto in the darkest times. Someone who helps you overcome the most treacherous obstacles. I hope it can mean something special to you like it does for me.
– Doug Lanza, Wallysburg
On March 6, Wallysburg will be headlining at The Bends located at 919 1st Avenue N. St. Petersburg, FL 33705. Starting at 9 p.m. The show is 21+ and it’s FREE!