Awake At Dawn

Awake At Dawn

 Austin, Texas, USA
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Awake At Dawn is a band specializing in Alternative Rock with a left hook. We have been described as Alice In Chains on acid hanging out with Incubus, Trent Reznor and Keith Richards. Thank you for joining us at awakeatdawnband.com.

Biography

Awake At Dawn: It’s the sensation of a night well spent into the next morning as well as how it feels to rise with the sun, fresh and invigorated. It’s that feeling that comes with those peak moments of human bliss like the ones inspired by the best rock’n’roll — just what the band Awake At Dawn evokes from listeners with their music.

The group spearheaded by singer Rob Chambers and guitarist Cameron Hooker melds an utterly modern rock attack and ambience with strains of the finest classic styles and inspirations to create a timeless trademark sound all their own. Their songs range from such dynamic high-tension-wire rockers as “You Or Me,” “Safeword” and “The Blur” to tours de force like “Bravest Soul” and “I’m Sane…?” that start out with delicate acoustic guitar and crescendo into balls-to-the-wall rock to more atmospheric numbers like “Dichotomy” that still crackle with energy. They sing about passion, pain, needs and urges, struggle and redemption, and the push and pull of life and love in the modern world. It’s music that that lands knockout punches with a velvet boxing glove and also soars, seduces and sizzles. And brings the listener pleasures, inspiration, solace and enlightenment that last all through the day into the darkest hours of night, and ultimately leaves you satisfied and transformed as you emerge, like the band, Awake At Dawn.

It’s music that has already won the band a prominent supporter, multi-platinum star producer Beau Hill, whose mixing skills grace the group’s first album. “Awake At Dawn caught my attention with their excellent material, an unusual focus on arrangement details, and progressive melodic hooks,” says the music industry legend who has produced such million-selling acts as Ratt, Eric Clapton, Warrant, Alice Cooper and others. “Sounds like the recipe for a hit to me.”

Creating a sound and songs that will make an indelible mark on the charts as well as the hearts and souls of music lovers has been the goal of both Chambers and Hooker since well before they first met and found each other kindred creative souls while playing together in the popular Austin, Texas-based touring band 8Systems. “I wasn’t sure I was into the band,” recalls Hooker of when he auditioned for that group’s lead guitar slot. “Then I heard Rob’s voice and said, yep!”

Chambers had a similar epiphany once Hooker showed his stuff on the guitar. “He came in and played on this new piece we were working on and started doing this cool melodic ambient stuff, and I really vibed off of that and it really helped my melody along a lot. That’s how we are now — we just naturally lock in together and do a lot of vocal and guitar interplay.”

Both of them share an ambition since their youths to create memorable and meaningful music and a determined work ethic and professionalism to ensure their work reaches its widest possible audience. “I wanted to be Keith Richards and Dimebag Darrell,” says Hooker of his goals when he dropped out of college to pursue his rock’n’roll dream. He grew up in Denver, weaned on his father’s vinyl albums by The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and others. “I remember we bought that Rolling Stones singles boxed set, four CDs, and my Dad said, you’re gonna sit down and listen to this thing and you’re gonna understand. I was just a little kid. He helped ingrain that in me for sure.” Hooker says.

By 13 Hooker got his first guitar and spent his teens playing in bands that won local battles of the bands while digging into the music of favorites like Metallica, Guns ‘N Roses and Slayer among a wide range of other music. In college at the University of Southern Colorado he studied classical guitar with a former student of legend Andres Segovia, and first visited Austin with his band TTEC to showcase at South By Southwest, where they won a Yoohoo sponsorship that led to a tour opening for Candlebox. In 2007 he fled the Denver snows to Austin and soon after landing there answered an ad for the lead guitar position in 8Systems.

Chambers hails from Central Texas and started in music playing classical violin before his father taught him guitar and he “immediately fell in love with it and spent long hours locked in my bedroom trying to figure out riffs over and over.” By his high school years he was writing songs and finding inspiration in acts like U2 (“Bono is a big hero vocally”) and Seattle grunge bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and Candlebox. “I loved the way they would have really heavy guitar hooks and melodic hooks too,” says Chambers. “That’s something we try to do too — be more melodic instead of just balls-out heavy.”

At McLenon Community College in Waco, Chambers majored in the school’s commercial music program learning the business and recording as well as taking ear training, guitar and vocal lessons and even a class in becoming a rock band. He formed his first group there, which did some touring and recorded an album b

Lyrics

Bravest Soul

Written By: Awake At Dawn

And there they are
They just want their control of this
But they don’t understand what this really is
You can’t touch it, you can’t take it
It won’t change or stay the same
A searing light,
So bright, fit to blind a king.
Did a god place this on my hands,
from their greedy paws…
...I may blunder through this, or freeze in a cold lake.
Alone again, I became a sin of some form of grace
And so they say, I’m a lie.
I cannot weigh this on my own.
It came from a…
Far light, (fading),
Fading, it remains
Oh I pray you…save it for, save it for the night.
Save it for the brightest star in this violent rain
It’s kinda like you breathe, I’m high, my head’s unstable.
try but I’m unable…blind me.
Oh, you call out my bravest…
My Bravest soul, bravest soul

I'm Sane...?

Written By: Awake At Dawn

Only six days since I’ve seen that…
Bright blue ceiling, now haunted by the moon
Only myself and these walls…
I will let confine me, but never you.

Ooh, like evil eyes, these stars burn holes.
They scream my name out in rage.
Ooh, no seven suns and no healing.
There’s nothing left but to run.

Your gift to me…burn, burn.

When all is said and done…
We had a good run, I hear you say.
Alone I seek the meaning for my life today, the chemicals and all.
Ooh, like evil eyes, these stars burn holes.
They scream my name out in rage.

I’m sane.

Ooh, like evil eyes, these stars burn holes.
They scream my name out in rage.
Ooh, no seven suns and no healing.
There’s nothing left to be won.

I’m sane.
I’m sane.
I’m sane…

You or Me

Written By: Awake At Dawn

I’ve been living in silence far too long.
Bird, fly.
Shadow creeping up behind me
It isn’t safe
To lend yourself to their shame

You’ve already shut the engine down
(I’m down again), (yea)
You’re obviously a hell of a shot
Heart-harpoon
(Straight and true)
You’ve already run it in the ground
You’re on your own
It’s you or me

I’ve been running in circles much too wide.
Terror die
Shake me
Freezing lurks inside us all
It is insane
To lead yourself into the grave

You’ve already put me in the ground
(You’ve jumped the gun again)
You always were a step ahead
Heart-cocoon
(protect your truth)
You’ve already shut all engines down
You’re all alone
It’s you, this me.

Uh…. Uh-uh. Uh… uh-uh-uh-uh.
Uh-uh. Uh….

Bird, fly.
Shadow creeping up behind me.

Safeword

Written By: Awake At Dawn

Unravel your little secret
You asked me to tie you down
Unfold the rose

You decide where you step off the train
Well, I said now breathe
Our lives are wrapped in a box we made
Yea, so I could consent to revisit days of our little secret
Well, I said lay me down under your rose

You decide where we step off the train
Near pass-out, now breathe
Hot the throttle that slaves
Woman I just wanna save you
A little dose of pain to prove you’re still alive
Because I care
Sink despair for me just one moment more
Hey, hold on love now
If ever again you let me in, I’ll never die
Ooh, I’ll never die, never die

Unravel your little secret
You used to love to be held down
Unfold your rose
High…..oh

So bottle up the sun love
Believe me it’s a fine line, but that’s what you crave
Whatever it is you want, I’ll do it
It’s a fine line, all that you crave
Tell me all it is you want

No, don’t say it
It’s our little secret
We’ll walk on the sun
We need this just to feel
No, don’t say it
It’s our little secret
Well, nevermind pain
I’ll do all it is you want

Solace

Written By: Awake At Dawn

Ooh…
Ooh…

11:18
Some cold black night
Let it bleed
Someday you will…
Let in…

A sun that tastes sweet
There’s so much time tickin’, no rhyme or way
La da, da da.
Just own up to it, we’ll put all motives aside
We’ll give it one more day
We seldom take it slow
On our own

The sunlight stings
But it isn’t all that bad.

And some might say you were lost beneath the silent need
To dismantle it all
The solace sinks in so much
We decide to take it one more day
Assume it’s not too late.

The Blur

Written By: Awake At Dawn

Faster, come alive
Soothe the chill
Spiral and burn away
Follow you in
It’s only now, oh nevermind
Something’s happening

Something’s happening, huh…
Something’s happening, high-man cruise
Something’s happening someday soon
Something’s happening, some may lose

Numbness, I’m away
Potion feed the muse
Threaded sting and bliss
A race to the thrill
It’s only now, oh nevermind
Something’s happening

Something’s happening huh…
Something’s happening, I may lose
Something’s happening, huh…
Something’s happening, high-man cruise

You come up to me with those see through eyes
An apparition, some just fiend to become more real
But can you hear me screaming? Hey!
I wanna hear you scream, right from the passenger seat of your mind
And do you mean it? And could you peel it?
Don’t need a voice of empty shells all ringing out loud
You didn’t heed the fear, I swear this lie
Yea, just ‘cause I said it don’t make it true
And if…in the baggage you’re weighin’, you’re still awake at dawn, you win.
You get to say you’d stay
You get to say you will, but oh well, ooh…
Remember?
Your eyes are getting full
And someday’s here.

Is It Over Now

Written By: Awake At Dawn

Purple and black stretched
Thin over fresh wound
Will heal in time
But further inside there’s a brewing within
A boiling stitch that tastes like cider and cyanide

Is it over now
Is it over now

Peeling back layers
I wander through mazes
Prying doors off the hinges bolted within
Breath clouded looking glass
Grinning cat starring back
Aren’t we all just a little mad.

Is it over now
Is it over now
Is it over now
Is it over now

Ooh….
Sew it….up
Sew it up
Sew it…up
Sew it up

Sew this up
Sew this up
Sew this up
Sew this up

Is it over now

Come

Written By: Awake At Dawn

I want you to, no I need you to sit.
No, no I think you should sit down in that chair and expound upon life, sex, cigarettes, and alcohol.

Don’t bite your silver tongue
Is it what you’ve been told to choose
So this isn’t what you’d hope to find
Or is it, all you’re running from

Come
Fuck what you’re running from
Revel in it
Even dirt’s beautiful

Tell me, are you alive
TV-droid, sleep
The silence numbs
Mold yourself, disguising truth
Speak in lies
A sidelined long gaze, yea
Oh, how deceit thrives
Plant the seeds that won’t die
Your eyes, your high
Oh, a hole inside that only grows

Come
Fuck what you’re running from
Revel in it
Even dirt’s beautiful
Come
What are you running from
Revel in it
Revel in it or run

Run
Run
Come

And I, see your lips moving slowly
By the way, you’re caught in the lie
Spin your web, till you rot away
You know you die every single time you put it off
But it’s fine
When in Rome
Get in line

Dichotomy

Written By: Awake At Dawn

A living ghost inside of us
How do you silence the rain
Or maybe it’s all being recycled
Now lady save the day

It’s on the other side
It echoes throughout the night
Lonely, set all that aside
We’re building then burning this down
When the sun meets the night
We will start again

All memories in the grave
We’re rendered silent drones
We all will sober soon you know
Now choose the day you crave

It’s on the other side
It echoes throughout the night
Sad eyes are drying tonight
We’ll cut each other loose
When the stars pierce the sky
Remember it’s only a ride

Ooh
Ooh….ooh..ooh.

I’m alright
I’m….I’m alright
I’ll…

Bleed it all out
Burn it all down
The night breeds the day
Bleed it all out
Burn it all down
The night owns the day
Bleed it all out
Burn it all down
The night owns the day
Bleed it all out
Burn it all down
The night owns the day

A Soul's Cry

Written By: Awake At Dawn

Breathe, breathe, breathe
Breathe, breathe, breathe

No one can save me now, and who says I need to be saved
Crawling outside my dead skin
Well I got a storm in my head, you wouldn’t understand
But my machine still runs
No doctor can solve my brain, no pain can stop my heart
No one can see my salvation’s an aching in the night
My what a small price to pay…
Might the truth hit the bones
The sound of a soul’s cry

Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Who Am I?

Breathe, breathe, breathe.
Breathe, breathe, breathe.
Breathe, breathe, breathe.

No one can save me now, and who says that you can save me
The pain and the strife is the fuel that burns cold in the night
Well I got a song pounding from inside my skull, yea
And I’ll march to that drum.
Peel to the core. Barefoot and cold, walking alone at night in the pelting rain.
Might the truth hit the bones
The sound of a soul’s cry

Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Who Am I?
Who Am I?

All I needed was sealed in my core
(wake up alive, don’t let it die)
I kept waiting for something more
(closing your eyes, passing you by)
All I needed was sealed in my core
(wake up alive, don’t let it die)
But I kept waiting for something more
(closing your eyes, passing you by)
All I needed was sealed in my core
(wake up alive, don’t let it die)
But I kept waiting for something more
(closing your eyes, passing you by)
All I needed was sealed at the core
(wake up alive, don’t let it die)
But I kept waiting for something more
(closing your eyes, passing you by)
I can’t wait for something more.

Discography

"A Seeing Through" Released January 2010.

Set List

Our typical set runs about 45 minutes, however we can play up to two hours and as little as 20 minutes.