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Claira's Daze Are Cuter Than You'll Ever Be
ERIN DEWITT

Published on April 12, 2007

Claira's Daze are the cutest band in Orange County. Why so cute, you ask? They prefer to play charity shows rather than raging house parties. They go to church. Vocalist Katie teaches kindergarten music classes on the side. Drummer Jason and bassist Corey are twins (twins!). They brought a puppy named Little Miss Sunshine to the interview. They're so sweet I think they gave me a cavity.

Aside from the upstanding morals and all-around adorableness, this band is also incredibly talented, especially for teenagers.

All four band members (lead guitarist Adrian couldn't make it) met in high school. Katie was the one who was originally trying to put a band together, but Jason wanted no part of it. "I would always tell her no!" Jason says. "Until I saw her play. Then I was the one asking her!"

Katie's stage presence is both vulnerable and strong, and she sings with an aching clarity. The whole band truly shines onstage. Their recorded tracks are excellent, but oh, my God, the first time I saw them live, I was blown away.

Claira's Daze easily go from folk to upbeat dance songs, which makes the band incredibly entertaining. My favorite Claira's Daze song is "October," a catchy, heart-wrenching, country-twanged melody with the hook "I lost my name in the family tree for you."

The next show on the band's schedule is for the charity Invisible Children. "We play lots of charity shows," Katie says. "We want to give back somehow."

Corey starts laughing and interjects, "We're not making any money, but we still want to give!"

Katie gives me a rundown of the current situation in northern Uganda, which many are calling a civil war. "The Rebel Movement kidnaps children from their homes in the night and brainwashes them to use them as soldiers. . . . About 120 kids are taken every month, one of which gets brutally murdered to set an example to the rest." To avoid such a terrible fate, the children of northern Uganda often leave their homes at night and walk miles to a nearby city where there are "safe" places, like hospitals. In the morning, they walk back to their town to go to school. These children have hopes and dreams of a better situation, and that's where the Invisible Children organization steps in. The money donated goes to improving the current conditions of the schools and to give the children a chance to live a life not completely destroyed by war.

Okay, so the mood of our interview took a sharp turn from fun to sullen, but at least the puppy was still there. - OC Weekly


I thought I'd start the blog off with a band from the OC / LA area [that's what their myspace says]
I just saw them tonight and wow.. they're really unique and amazing.
They aren't just another band out in the current indie scene.
Their sound is a mix of a couple different styles.
It's hard to explain, so listen to some tracks on their myspace.

Looks like they're also a fairly new band, started off in early 2006.
They're fronted by Katie Chappell, who sings and plays guitar.
Twins Corey Jay and Jason Kaiser, respectively, play bass and drums.
and.. Adrian Sanchez is the lead guitarist.

Another aspect I thought was really cool of Claira's Daze is that they consistently play charity shows. by the looks of their myspace, they've played shows benefiting St. Jude's Children Hospital, recent California fire victims, the Fight Against Lupas, several breast cancer funds, and a few more.

I picked up their EP which only features four songs: October, Hear Me, Silent Films, and Overboard. I say only, because I wish it had more.. they leave you wanting more songs to listen to. During the show, Katie mentioned a full length being released sometime next year. - Rock O Rama Blog


Discography

Claira's Daze has released one EP featuring the songs:

1) "Overboard"
2) "Hear Me"
3) "Where Do We Go From Here"
4) "October"

This EP currently has airplay on KBEACH- Cal State Long Beach Radio.

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Claira's Daze is an Indie Rock band from Orange County California that formed in 2005. Since then they have been fortunate to play at many places such as; The Cavern Club in Liverpool England for the International Pop Overthrow Festival, Tomfest 2007 (featuring Stacy Clark and Beautiful Mistake), and have completed a summer tour. Claira's Daze is known for playing at local Charity events such as; The Invisible Children, Up Till Dawn (Charity for St. Judes Children Hospital), Fight against Lupas, Breast Cancer Charity's, Fire Victim Charity's and more. They have established a large fan base and have made many new friends. For this reason, you will sometimes find there name in The OC weekly, Magazine Pink, and Smile Magazine, which have all said nothing but kind things about them. With Katie Chappell's sweet but powerful melodies, Corey and Jason Kaiser's strong Rhythm section, and Adrian Sanchez's rocking guitar riffs, Claira's Daze creates a sound that appeals to all types of crowds. It's a sound that will without a doubt leave your ears wanting more.