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the Daylytes


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The best kept secret in music


"the Rep, Arizona Republic."

In a matter of hours, Living Daylytes went from unknown to a Knot Known band.
One morning, the president of Tempe-based Knot Known Records, Chris Richardson, heard the local musicians on Phoenix radio. By noon, he had called band manager Robbie Watson, and an hour later the men were meeting to discuss an offer.
"It was all very fast, but it worked out because we wanted to start with an (independent) label that would allow us creative freedom, and Knot Known would do that," said Living Daylytes guitarist Nate Shivers.

After recording its debut album, Spin, independently, the band was used to making music its own way, which is why Knot Known is distributing the album without rerecording.
Spin is a straightforward rock album. Mat Hammond delivers new-wave vocals as Shivers, drummer Ralph Barr and bassist Steve Flores create anthemlike choruses.
"The whole concept is that the way the music comes out is not contrived," Shivers said. "It's about the songs being good, something memorable that anybody can relate to instantly - three chords and emotional lyrics."
Hammond said that during shows, fans sing along with the chorus halfway through the song, even if they didn't come in knowing it.
"That's what we wanted," Shivers said. "I really focused on writing hooks and songs that would stick in your head."

Having been on the scene for only two years, without heavy airplay or promotion, Living Daylytes is still working to win over unfamiliar crowds at concerts.
Knot Known vice president Karen Jones said the band's willingness to play to any audience at any venue was a selling point for the band.
"As a label, what we look for is talent, yes, but also conviction," she said. "They have to believe in what they do. They'll play where we ask them to, do showcases when they have to, work hard all the time, and that's what it takes."

The band's musical influences - from the Beatles to the Sex Pistols to Tom Petty - are as varied as its background. Frontman Hammond came to America from London in his early 20s and has played in bands since. Shivers comes from the Northwest and has been in bands since he was 13. Flores grew up in Los Angeles and often worked as a session musician until he moved to Tempe. Barr is from Texas and has been with the band for four months.
That diversity makes the band's music accessible across generations.

"It's not just young rockers or hip kids" that like it, Jones said. "It also appeals to young people because it's edgy, but not trendy, and it appeals to older people who like '70s rock . . . because the music is rooted in that sound in some ways."

- Megan Finnerty

"Get out, Arizona"

If Americans invented rock 'n' roll and the Britons redefined it, what would a band be like that combined the best of both sides of the Atlatntic ?
Enter Living Daylytes, Singer/Guitarist Mat Hammond (Brit) and Nate Shivers (Yank) are a formidable songwriting team, and their
debut is full of bracing guitar hooks and rousing melodies best exemplified by lead single "Wake up call."
Spin is a promising start for an up and coming band”.
Thomas Bond, Get Out.
- Thomas Bond


“I loved having the Daylytes record at Mayberry studios, they write hits”.
Robin Wilson, Lead Singer, Gin Blossoms.
- Robin Wilson, Lead Singer Gin Blossoms


The White CD/EP
Zone FM radio Compilation 2002
Zone FM radio Compilation 2003
Current CD: SPIN. National Distribution.
(featured on present National tour.)

Radio: College radio promotiom : airplay and charting.
FM radio airplay.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Formed in the spring of 2000 by English singer/songwriter Mat Hammond and American guitarist/songwriter Nate Shivers, along the way they recruited L.A. bass player Steve Flores and Texan Ralph Barr on drums. With Hammond’s “accented vocals”, Shivers “soaring guitar” and the “solid backbeat” of Flores and Barr the Daylytes are attracting attention at each and every show, a fact proved by CD sales.“Putting the song first” has always been the band’s motto. Drawing inspiration from the emotional highs and lows of everyday life their songs have found a niche with audiences across the country and beyond.The Anglo-American influence has benefited the Daylytes in many ways. Their hi-bred musical style has enabled the band to appear on shows and be on play lists that feature a variety of musical genres.SPIN is the first full length collection of songs from the Daylytes with plenty more to come.