Spectators

Spectators

 Aurora, Illinois, USA
BandRockAlternative

Indie-Space/Dance-Punk

Biography

Spectators is a three-piece Indie-Space/Dance-Punk (ISDP) band from the Suburbs of Chicago. Since the group's formation in 2012, they have built a strong following through their invigorating live performances with a unique blend of experimental rock and stimulating pop. Their first full-length album, Paranoia, was released on April 5th, 2014.

As a result of Paranoia's release, the band became well known in the Chicagoland area appearing on radio interviews, opening spots for bands/artists such as Saints of Valory and Chris Medina, and ultimately having the opportunity to perform in New York on VH1.
During a 2016 hiatus, lead singer Josiah Viland enjoyed a season in professional baseball whilst guitarist Walter Halliwell toured with the Christian pop band, Citizen Way. In the meantime, drummer Tayler Buck played at home with his cat.

The three remaining Spectators reunited in the summer of 2017 to begin laying the foundation for a new record. Working alongside producers Zach Kranz and 12th, Spectators released their latest album, The String and the Bow, in the Fall of 2018.

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Venues/Events Spectators have played at include:

House of Blues Chicago (headlined, played Q87 show, opened), VH1 in New York, Wire, Elbo Room, Cubby Bear North, House Cafe, Hard Rock Cafe Chicago, Beat Kitchen, Whippersnap Festival, Blooming Fest, White Buffalo Music Festival, Bottom Lounge (opening for Chris Medina), Taste of Lombard, Fitz Spare Keys, Six Flags Great America, Batavia Fourth of July Celebration, churches, and more.

Lyrics

Departure

Written By: Josiah Viland, Spectators

And we all fall the same time
When the world feels like one long, twisted rhyme
But you take me by the hand, pull me away
and remind me that tomorrow's a better day

And now we take it in so we can let it go
Let's start walking now 'cause its a long way home
I can hear your voice, I feel you breathing in
And now I know you want me closer to you
Closer to you

We're all pulling on the same rope
The tide draws near, It feels so close
But you take me by the hand and pull me weight
And remind me that tomorrow's a better day

And now we take it in so we can let it go
Let's start walking now 'cause its a long way home
I can hear your voice, I feel you breathing in
And now I know you want me closer to you
Closer to you