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"Quincy band celebrates CD release"

Quincy band celebrates CD release while others return to rock
Herald-Whig Staff Writer

There's something for everybody this holiday season when it comes to concerts in the Quincy area.

Shows range from local powerhouse Predawn Hour celebrating a new CD with a New Year's Eve show to the return of two former Quincyans for a Dec. 27 gathering at Turner Hall.

Predawn Hour has overcome the death of a member and several lineup changes to record a five-song Cd called "Echo of October." Singer and guitarist George Cate says the CD is named in honor of former Predawn Hour guitarist Cory Wilkey, tragically killed in an October 2007 car-train crash.

"Most of the songs on there Cory was around when we wrote them," Cate said. "They still have a little bit of a blues tinge to them, but now they are more modern rock, or what I like to call roots rock, a lot of rythmn-driven songs."

Cate is joined by Bryan Young on bass and Danny Mabie on drums. Guitarist Matt Parker parted amicably from the band as he was returning to school.

"As a three-piece it was rough at first, but now we've kind of found our groove," Cate said. "For a while there we forgot why we were up there. With everything that happened there was kind of a shadow over the band ... but the last few shows have been phenomenal, a lot of fun."

The show is being billed as a "Masquerade Ball" and the band is dressing up in a "Victorian theme," Cate said. Opening the show is Macomb-based Downcast, and local DJs Hausgeist, Phelo and J-Lanx will be spinning music to give the show a unique flavor.

Cate said Predawn Hour is lining up festival shows and plans a short summer tour if everything goes well.

"We'll try not to step in too many potholes along the way," he said. - Quincy Herald Whig/ Rodney Hart


Released "Echo Of October" EP in January 2009, which is now available at:
CD Baby

Currently Streaming:
Follow Suit



We are known for our lyrics and raw emotion on stage, because we've seen real personal tragedy in our band and used our music to deal with it. This is not to say all of our music is depressing, just that the Nirvana vein running through is apparent. Our pronounced Seattle sound is coupled with a maturity that only a decade of playing in everything from dirty small town bars to packed auditoriums can produce.

Our music education has included national tours, member changes, including the death of our lead-guitarist, and several recordings. It is safe to say that we will not quit. Music is our true path in life.

Lyrically, we've been compared to Blind Melon and Tool, however, execution-wise it's more Fuel meets Pantera. As genre's go we are true rock music with the substance of a singer/songwriter. Our music can be blared through the loudest system in an arena, while the next day boiled down to an acoustic show at the local coffee shop and get a great reaction at both.

Crowd interaction is what we aim for and our fans sing every word. With the release of our latest EP "Echo of October" in December 2008 we look forward to gaining new fans and giving our loyal ones more to love.