SHERIDAN — The WYOMING band’s first single, “So Far Gone,” will premiere on Wyoming Public Radio Oct. 16 and will be released digitally Oct. 22. The band will celebrate the release with a Halloween party at Smith Alley Brewing Company Oct. 26, where the band will play a live set and WYOMING band founder Shawn Day will DJ.

The WYOMING band project came to life in 2016 when Day started developing a set of instrumental music. He lived in Los Angeles, California, for about seven years but frequently returned to Wyoming to DJ before he moved back to Sheridan officially in late 2016. The contrast of cultures and landscape between Wyoming and Los Angeles was inspiring, he said.

The WYOMING band project came to life in 2016 when Day started developing a set of instrumental music. He lived in Los Angeles, California, for about seven years but frequently returned to Wyoming to DJ before he moved back to Sheridan officially in late 2016. The contrast of cultures and landscape between Wyoming and Los Angeles was inspiring, he said.

Day was raised and has deep roots in Wyoming; Sheridan has always felt like home, he said. Day, Amanda Patterson, Will Craft, Anastasia Harbour and Malik Grant started working with the music he’d written in 2017, he said.

“I love Wyoming,” Day said. “As I get older, I love it more and more, so I see Wyoming long-term and I also love instrumental music…I feel like those two are very compatible.”

The open landscapes and isolation accompany the open sound Day strives for with instrumental music, he said. Patterson said there is opportunity and an openness to creativity in Sheridan, without the competition of a larger city.

There is room to grow in many aspects of life in Sheridan, from creative endeavors to raising a family to operating a business, she said.

It can be more challenging to present something new in a competitive, big-city market, Patterson said. Professional development in Los Angeles is enjoyable, but Sheridan provides a way for the band to grow more organically, Day said.

The band performs song covers and original instrumental music. Each musician has a say in the music they perform and there is a high level of skill within the band, Day said.

“I get to use some of my music theory, classical training, I get to use my ear, I get to just play things that sound cool…the covers that we play, we just have all kinds of genres of music too so I feel like I’m constantly learning something new,” Patterson said.

Day said the band’s four-year plan is to release original music every three to four months — growing as a live band and writing music collaboratively. Playing covers and live music are ways to practice working together as a collective. The group has developed enough music that Day is starting to think about a second album, he said. Each musician in the band has written music independently but writing music together will create new and different sounds, Patterson said.

Day said he doesn’t feel the pressure of Los Angeles as the band grows in Wyoming. The group has more freedom and isn’t constrained to a particular sound.

“It’s so aggressive over there, everyone is just trying to fight their way in and trying to break and get, you know, established as a household name but I just don’t feel that with Wyoming, it feels like there’s a lot more breadth to the project,” he said.

Patterson said local and regional contacts have helped support the band’s growth. Sheridan is the ideal place for the band to build a grassroots community behind them, Day said.

Eventually, Day said the band will develop a professional plan that includes touring full-time and playing larger venues. While playing live in Sheridan, the group is developing a solid foundation without the urgency and stress of the L.A. grind, he said.