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Wake The Day

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Wake The Day - Continous EP
Song 1 "Critical Common Sense"

Wake the Day came to AP.net with an idea: The band will record one song a month for the next 4-6 months until they have completed an EP. Each song will be recorded and mastered at a different studio and each song will be reviewed here on the website - this will lead up to an entire EP review at the end of the project.

Song 1 "Critical Common Sense"
The new single “Critical Common Sense” by Louisville, KY natives Wake The Day is a pure pop song that may remind you vocally of Panic! At The Disco and a guitar tone similar to June.

The track is uppity and full of life - the song could sync perfectly with a pillow fight at a cheerleader’s sleepover and has the ability to be stuck in your head for hours. "Critical Common Sense" does have a few minor flaws. For starters a similarity to most other pop-rock leaves the listener wondering what band is currently playing from their iPod playlist. The vocals tend to sway back and forth between high and low pitches almost as if a diva was putting on the finish touches to singing the national anthem.

Pop fans, rejoice, this will become one of your new favorites. I can bet you’ll be singing the track on your next drive to work. Wake The Day has shown just a taste of what they can do, and expect them to spice up their delicious flavor in the future.

www.myspace.com/waketheday1 - Corey J.


Wake Up Call
A TV battle of the bands could be the big break for Louisville's Wake the Day

By Joseph Lord

Tyler Anderson was bewildered when his father gave him the message left on the family answering machine. A television producer had called, trying to reach Anderson and his band, Wake the Day, about a video they had sent. The producer, it seemed, wanted to know how quickly Anderson and his bandmates could get to Los Angeles.

"We'll make it work," Anderson told the producer.

Weeks later, the Bullitt County-based indie-pop band was in L.A. auditioning for the producers of "The Next Great American Band," an "American Idol" offshoot that premieres this week.

"The Next Great American Band" debuts at 8 p.m. Friday on Fox (WDRB-41). Wake the Day was among about 40 bands flown to California this past August, Anderson said.

The band is unsure how far they have gotten in the competition, though they signed a contract that requires them to return to L.A.. on short notice. They're also bound by an agreement not to divulge too much about the competition.

"Who knows?" singer Chris Jackson said. "Maybe something will come out of it."

At this point, the band just wants someone to pay attention. But the five-piece won't wait for the labels to come to them; they plan to self-release an album this winter and book a tour themselves, perhaps capitalizing on the phone numbers and e-mail addresses they amassed from bands they met through the show.

A successful run on "The Next Great American Band" should aid greatly in their efforts to get national exposure.

"We made a lot of connections," Anderson said. "So, hopefully, we'll be taking off soon."

Wake the Day was formed in 2004 by Jackson and longtime friends Andy (drums) and Brian Meyers (guitar). Next came Anderson on bass, followed by guitarist Jeff Armstrong this past summer.

Until this summer, Wake the Day played Louisville's all-ages circuit, not only Headliners but also churches and small outdoor fests. The band formed while most of its members were in high school, but now it's trying to reach more into the 18-and-older crowd, Anderson said. Members range from 17 to 21.

"We've been building a really good fan base" among high schoolers, Jackson said. "We really want to reach an older crowd now."

Wake the Day is writing new songs and plans to record this winter. It will self-release the album on CD and digitally -- the band has an EP on iTunes -- in February.

Jackson promised an evolved, matured sound for the upcoming album. "We're growing up," he said. "So the issues are changing. We're sort of phasing out the teenager thing."

- Joseph Lord


Continuous EP - Edition 1

Critical Common Sense
Running Without Moving
The Finest


Feeling a bit camera shy


Wake The Day has been blending together a stunning array of styles since the band was formed in early 2002. But it hasn't been until just recently, that this now five-piece band, has taken off into a sunset of their own. Drawing influences from Wonder to Coltrane, and styles from Progressive Jazz to Ambient Rock; It's no wonder they're able to captivate an audience from all areas of the musical spectrum.

Chris Jackson, lead vocalist, has always been the one to explore into depths of music most folks would ignore. He projects a warm timbre, with a glisten all his own, which will find you grinning at the purity and edge of truly inspiring vocals and lyricism. Andy Meyers, drums and vocals, contributes to a much smoother timbre and builds harmonies that mesh clearly with the songs overall direction.

The bands 2006 LP 'Reason For Leaving', although not mixed well, shows a much relaxed alternative rock feel. The new material the band is working on has alot more clarity, versatility and drive. Tyler Anderson, bass, stylistically mimics the formidable Carlos Dengler of Interpol. Driving lines and depth that shape the songs rather than just provide punch and bottom. Guitarists Buv Meyers and Jeff Armstrong round out the band with ambient guitar lines and overdriven tube amps that beg for your undivided attention.

But Wake The Day isn't just a indie rock band from Louisville, Kentucky. These outgoing guys strive to stand out not only with their music, but within their individuality and faith. Although they're not ones to stamp the band with religious footnote, it is very easy to see that the five creators of Wake The Day are devout Christians that work very hard at not only at running a band by themselves, but sharing their love for music with the world in a humble and Christ-like fashion.

After the reverb resides from being noticed, Wake The Day brings a soundscape of tranquil yet powerful melodies that will inspire you to listen again; and putting a finger on their style would prove to be much more difficult than said. The band is continuously changing their sound and trying to find their own musical personality as a band. And to be honest, they prefer it that way!