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The best kept secret in music


"Amplifier Magazine"

“Three years ago The Waking Hours moved to Los Angeles… and it didn’t take long for them to become a force to be reckoned with, as their live performances always packed enough energy to light up a small city for weeks. The band harness some of that power on The Good Way, and when you combine this with Tom Richards and Ricky Tubb’s songwriting gifts and the group’s harmonic abilities, you’ve got a disc that’s a perfect antidote for the faux-cool drivel that passes for modern rock these days.” “The Good Way has gotten 2003 off with a bang, and should stand as a benchmark for the new pop.” - Amplifier Magazine

"On The Scene"

“Recently the Viper Room changed management, staff and a new Monday night line-up, presented by the classic alternative revolutionaries 103.1 FM and Filter Magazine. Opening for local phenom The Like, and preceding another local phenom The Dollyrots, The Waking Hours proved to be a force to be reckoned with whether you liked it or not, effectively stealing the thunder from the headliner. Fueled by the mysteriously cool charm from Tom Richards on lead vocals, blistering backup from drummer Ricky Tubb and the adorably aggressive, yet aggressively elegant style of bassist Lisa Mychols, Waking Hours generated a powerful lightning strike punch on Viper and set the stage for the night ahead. Particularly potent was their passionately played power cover of LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out”, which became a charmingly crafted crush of electronic sound and fury, a distortion frenzy fusion of guitars and bass, screaming vocals and electric energy culminating in a seemingly sexual simulation of guitar sex on stage, resulting in Richards tossing his guitar into the audience with his teeth, then tossing himself into the audience thereafter, while Mychols and Tubb took a theatrical bow on stage. The Waking Hours is definitely a satisfying show, filled with power punk indie licks and good ole fashioned energy. - LA Music

"CD Now"

"The Waking Hours style is a head-on collision of early English pop, punk and garage rock with a healthy dose of musical genius." - CD

"9 Times"

"Recalling the energy of the Fab Four, or a young and excitable Pete Townshend with nods to Badfinger and Elvis Costello as well as Brit Popsters Oasis and Blur. Every song is a hit, no filler here, all songs are radio friendly, but hardcore fans know their live shows are not for the faint of heart." - 9 Times (Richmond VA Retail Publication)

"Goldmine Magazine"

“The Good Way is a nearly flawless example of modern pop done the right way and a release that begs for a larger audience” - Goldmine Magazine

"All Music Guide"

“The Waking Hours churn out a melodic blend of garage pop tweaked with bits of punk and glam. The band weaves their vocal harmonies into the appealing crunch of the music resulting in melodies that defy the listener’s ability to not be hooked!” - All Music Guide


“Chief songwriter Tom Richards and songwriter/guitarist Ricky Tubb sound as if they’ve been studying the classics long and hard, cribbing from The Beatles for melody, plugging into The Who for a little muscle, and dressing up in the finery of assorted glam icons to add a little flair." - CMJ

"Richmond Music Journal"

“As the band cut loose with their new songs, you could feel the intensity building. Waking Hours starts like a jet fuel explosion and by the last song, the whole place is smoldering guitars and bits and pieces of drums all over the stage.” - Richmond Music Journal

"Music Connection Magazine"

"Drenched in early Beatles harmony, the Waking Hours inject the present day's world of alt. pop with a cheerful shot of Sixties mod rock. Loud, guitar-driven songs about relationships and broken hearts burst with big choruses designed for the youth to swoon and sing along to." - Music Connection Magazine

"AOL Los Angeles Digital City"

“The influence of the Velvet Underground, the Pixies, the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols comes to mind. Upbeat rhythms, loud guitars, chiming piano, major chord hooks and cool-guy vocals are sure to be part of every performance.” - AOL Los Angeles Digital City


1999 - self-titled (Time Bomb Records)
2003 - The Good Way (US)
2003 - 7" UK Single on Indie Falsetto Records "Sunsine" and "1,2,3"

2005 - new album coming!

Videos and song snippets can be heard at


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Hailing from Richmond, VA – based in Los Angeles….

The Waking Hours play rock and roll. Their brand of rock is a sonic pop blast infused with British Invasion, punk, glam, garage rock and power pop. In the bands material it isn't uncommon to hear Beach Boys-like harmonies dancing over loaded rock riffs, nor is it unusual for Beatle-esque melodies to mingle with raw punk style guitars. Live, they are a must-see, Tom Richards pinwheeling his arm like Townshend did all those years ago, while the band leaps about and slams. This is a band that churns their influences into a combination of soul and aggression with stick-in-your-head melodies, creating a tonic of amped-up pop that leaves you wanting more.

The Waking Hours newer material catapults their huge catalog of fireball pop sonics to new heights with melodic rave ups such as “Heartbeat,” “Someday Soon,” “Elevation" and "Sparks." These tracks capture the excitement and energy of their explosive punkish live performances, while other anthemic tracks prove they can craft powerful classic ballads. Rich with harmonies, energy, attitude and hooks, The Waking Hours will restore your faith in rock and roll.

They are as influenced by The Jam, The Who and Guided By Voices as they are Weezer, Jimmy Eats World and The Ceasars.

In the last 3 years, they've placed 14 DIFFERENT songs in 36(!) spots in Film, TV, DVD's and Video Games. All MAJOR projects (feature films and trailers, EA Sports games, MTV shows, network series like One Tree Hill, DVD network series replacements, etc). Most recently they placed the song "I Got You" in the final scene and end credits for about 2 full minutes in the new hit comedy "The Bench Warmers (Revolution/Sony Pictures).