The Favourite Game

The Favourite Game


Guitar rock to combat low spirits.


Looking at a musical landscape of misery and despair, SEeKing Dawn saw a need for music with hope. Yet hope doesn’t always have to come in a pink box. Loud, hard hitting sounds with matter-of-fact lyrics are sometimes the only thing to shake off the dreariness.

“There is always an aspect of humor to everything we do,” explains drummer Jeremy Richardson, “you can’t face the world too seriously, you’ll get eaten alive”. The group was mostly formed through friendships resulting from the purchase of a professional video camera by the Richardson brothers. “Doing crazy videos was how we really defined our friendship. Music became a natural outgrowth of that”.

Meeting at a school for the Arts, the 5 band members decided to form a band even before they knew how to play any instruments. The catalyst was a gift to Joshua Richardson in the form of a blue-purple Squirer Stratocaster guitar from friend John Linton. “I don’t know exactly what he saw but he thought it was obviously worth more than the guitar. He even went out and bought a small Fender amp so I could play at home!”

In 1998 the band recorded a 5 song EP entitled “The Stormy Seas of Nettle Hills”. A self produced, self recorded album, it was a bold move for 5 young dudes just out of grade school. “We recorded on Jeremy’s Pentium II computer with a Soundblaster sound card. Looking back now I am amazed with what we came up with, I think it captures that moment in time for us” remembers Dave Ball, who recently graduated from the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College.

The SEeKing Dawn website has become a hub for news and communication for the band. “The internet gives us a number of ways to express ideas and just have some fun” notes Kevin Jackson. Recently the band began releasing concert performances prefaced by humorous videos recorded over the years. Their e-mail list of 600+ keeps fans up to date and connected with the band.

Over the last 6 years SEeKing Dawn has been perfecting their live show in Southwestern Ontario and preparing a wealth of new material for consideration on an upcoming full length album. Playing consistently has built up an underground movement that is both loyal and devoted. Andrew mentions, “It’s great to present a song before an audience, it helps define the song deeper and give it character.”

Character is the defining aspect of SEeKing Dawn, proving that diversity is stronger than uniformity. Each band member brings a distinct quality, personality and strength to the group. Combined they provide a wide range of values and ideals for every fan while reaching for a singular goal; providing loud music to combat low spirits. And SEeKing Dawn hopes that they can enrich every listener’s life, not with destructive commentary but with constructive expectations of life.

Notable quotes:

“Dave’s guitar harmonies are stellar. They really compliment Josh's great melodic vocals.”
- Tyler Stewart, drummer for the Bare Naked Ladies

“SEeKing Dawn has it all. The ‘Rock’n’Roll Ying/Yang’ – infectious/solid song writing intertwined with a dynamic live show. Music that this generation needs to know.”
- Mark Rawson, entertainment co-ordinator Fanshawe College

“SEeKing Dawn is the best band that plays at my club. They're great guys who always put on an entertaining show."
- Paul Taylor, manager of Salt Lounge

“I really love it when the singer takes his shirt off!”
- anonymous female fan


Let's Pretend That I'm For Real

Written By: Joshua Richardson

We’re just going to die anyways
Things will always stay the same
That’s like telling me I’m fucked
That my future’s not enough

These days lay upon my back
They make me feel like shit
Things lose meaning so fast
Stay in touch

Let’s pretend that I’m for real

The Changeling

Written By: Joshua Richardson

Green Earth, Green mile
Green air, Green smile
Abicous the wonderous
Spells my name in the clouds
Why Can’t I see it’s up to me

They scream and bawl
Their tears all shine
Like sparkling wine
It makes me panic
And that’s really very tragic

I’m falling down
Through the trees arms
They won’t catch me if I don’t live
Up to their lively meditations
Their incessant vibrations


Written By: Joshua Richardson

You, you’re on the tele
Like the word selah,
It don’t mean much
You, a famous actor,
Just kind of backwards
I forget the rest

But I’m probably worse
Curses, you drive Mercedes
You have all the ladies
And that’s what counts
Now, you may seem happy
But c’mon laddy
Y’know you’re not

But I’m probably worse


Stormy Seas EP

Set List

Let's pretend that I'm for Real
It's a Crime
The Big Test
The Rival