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The members: Sailway is Bryan Fox (vocals), David Swartout (guitar), Jason Robinson (guitar), Jim Dernoncourt (bass), Nicole Russell (organ) and Justin Fox (drums). All members hail from Allen Park.

The history: Born out the friendship of Swartout and Bryan Fox, Sailway's original incarnation was the acoustic project My Plain Luck in the summer of 2001. Meanwhile, Justin Fox (Bryan's brother) and Robinson were playing a fellow group, Pipestone. When the timing of Pipestone's folding coincided with the other duo's desire for a full band feel, the foursome came together to collaborate and write new songs together. Dernoncourt eventually joined on second guitar, and Russell's key work was the final addition.

Since forming as this five-piece a year ago, the group has played such notable local venues as the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit, Hamtramck's Paycheck's Lounge and Clutch Cargo's in Pontiac.

What's up with the name: "The name was inspired by Sigur Ros, an Icelandic band," said Swartout, adding how the group is one of the band's favorites. "It has no real meaning, it was just conceived while listening to their music."

The style: "Our musical style is somewhere between rock and indie-rock - with a British/garage twist," said Swartout, adding that its tones are similar to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, early Radiohead and Death Cab for Cutie. Some of the Sailway's current favorite bands are Pedro the Lion, The Decemberists and Modest Mouse and Oasis.

Got anything recorded? The band is set to release a three-song E.P. that will be out soon, and is available through its official Web site at www.sailwaymusic.com. The cost for the disc is $5.

Tell us your future? "At this point, we are just trying to get heard," Swartout said. "In the next few months we want to get our E.P. out to labels, venues and as many people as possible.

"We have some shows lined up in the near future, and we are always looking for bands to play with, so call us."

Website: www.sailwaymusic.com

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