The Way Out


Photo by Intrepid Visuals LLC


Ashland, Nebraska’s, The Way Out began forming in 2012 when – then middle schoolers – Levi Hagen and Mari Crisler used rehearsing shotty Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana covers to escape the qualms of life. Despite several guitarists and numerous name changes, the two stuck together and found the current lineup with the Reed Tiwald and Nick Ulrich. The band’s creative concoction of influences and ability to seamlessly interchange instruments amongst themselves  mid-set has led to their distinct sound.

The band’s unique style of play can be heard on their debut release Good Grief. This EP is an emotional jigsaw puzzle that pieces together the secret story of an intra-band relationship. Set to a multitude of shoegazy-emo rifts, each song progressively pieces together the cycle of young love from fireworks, to emotional struggles, and to, ultimately, cutting ties – all of which can be seen in the video for “Nerves.”

Good Grief has no doubt set the bar high for The Way Out, but the band aims to surpass their initial success as they begin recording next week with Lincoln-native engineer/producer Jeremy Wurst. Their first full-length album is set to be released this fall.


Mari Crisler

Reed Tiwald

Levi Hagen

Nick Ulrich






“The Ashland four piece is relatively new, its members — Crisler, Levi Hagen, Reed Tiwald and Nick Ulrich— all still teenagers. Yet already they’ve played together for most of the past five years, through Rock Academy and Omaha’s BluesEd program.

The resulting chemistry is apparent throughout Good Grief. Merging contemporary indie rock and classic pop-punk, the quartet navigates rhythm and tempo changes on the strength of its mobile rhythm section, sparkplug leads and Hagen’s and Crisler’s low-end harmonies. Topped off with production by (now Nebraska ex-pat) Jeremy Wurst — a practitioner of the genre himself with Giant’s Arrow — and the EP makes for a smart, spunky debut effort.”

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The Way Out — Automatic Writing

2017 | We’re Trying Records




The Way Out - Good Grief - cover

The Way Out — Good Grief 

2016 | Independent Release