We have had an incredible summer and are looking towards a great fall! As we wrap up some great road trips and killer gigs, we look to the future. We have already begun writing some new tunes featuring our newest members, Austin and Ryan. With that being said, we'd like to roll out a new line of merch! As 2017 marks exactly ten years since Sean and AJ started the band, we have some budget-friendly shirts for everyone! We're calling it the "NOWAKE Ten Year Anniversary Player Spotlight" shirt series.
Head over to our Official Online Store to check them out as well a bunch of other new items! Click the image below to be directed to the new Player Spotlight collection! These will only be available online.
We have released some videos lately to help promote both the new album and our live show. Head over to YouTube and check them out! Just search "NOWAKE Gone" to see the latest (a lyric video for "Gone" cut by our bassist, Ryan). It should enable the autoplay feature and will roll out a bunch of the other vids after that. It is also at the bottom of this post.
Hope everyone is having an awesome summer. I know we are! We played Kansas for the first time as well as The Firebird in St. Louis and a bunch of other great venues! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with all our shows, songs, news and shenanigans...
Here is Sean giving some insight into "Gone":
"I wrote this song while I was away from my wife and daughter in 2014 for 13 weeks at Columbia Fire Academy. It was a way of dealing with the separation from them at the time. I knew it needed to be an acoustic song to capture the feeling of that time, so we recruited Austin Birkhead (who was not a permanent fixture in the band at that time) to lay down the acoustic tracks in the song as he plays an acoustic like nobody's business! He went on to play the second half of the solo as well.
Our producer on this album (Scott Donegan) did an excellent job of capturing the emotion in my opinion.
If you like the song, please consider downloading either just the single or this entire NOWAKE album on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon MP3, CDBaby.com or wherever you get your music at these day.
Thanks to Ryan Brent Gilmore for cutting the lyric video for us! Turned out very simple and clean just like I envisioned it! Oh, and Tank even has a cameo in it LOL. And who knows, maybe we can cut an official music video for it someday..."
We released the album on May 5th! We have CD copies available for sale at our shows as well as at Second String Music in Quincy, IL and Pedal'rs Bicycle Shop in Hannibal, MO. The CDs run $8 a piece. We also have download cards for sale at live shows. You can get the album on iTunes, Google Play Store, CDBaby, Amazon, as well as other places.
We had an awesome album release party on May 13th! Thanks to Paul and everyone at the Mark Twain Brewing Company, Dark Below, Capisce, and every single person who came out to support our release. It was a great night!
We played the KHQA Party on the Patio show June 1st. We performed "Gone" and "Midway" off the new album. We have the Youtube linkup on our "media" page.
Looking forward, we have some great shows on the books including the 2017 Epic Music Showcase, a show at Finn's with the American Hitmen, a show at The Firebird with nationally touring act September Mourning and many more shows in the works!
We also officially announced a lineup change. Ben Spurgeon took a promotion with his company which required him to relocate. He will play one more show with the band (Epic Music Showcase).
Joining us are guitarist Austin Birkhead (right) and bassist Ryan Gilmore (second from right). We want to thank Ben for many great years of shows, music writing, etc. and we want to welcome Austin and Ryan to the group! Here's to many more years!
The new album, "An Act of Defiance" will be officially released May 5th! Get it on iTunes, Google Play Store, CDBaby, Amazon or you can hear it on Pandora and Spotify. We want to thank our producer on this endeavor, Scott Donegan, for all his hard work. It's certainly paid off and we hope you all enjoy this album!
And don't forget about this album release party on May 13th at Mark Twain Brewing Company in downtown Hannibal, MO! It's going to be a great night of rock music as we will have Capisce and Dark Below also taking the stage! Show starts at 7pm and there is NO COVER CHARGE! We will have plenty of copies of the new album along with shirts, hats, stickers, coozies, and more!
We are very happy to announce the COMPLETION of our upcoming album, An Act of Defiance! Thanks to Scott Donegan (our producer for this album), we will be officially releasing on May 5th, 2017 and will have an Album Release Party on May 13th. This will take place at the Mark Twain Brewing Company alongside two additional rock bands, Dark Below and Capisce. This show will be an awesome time and we will have lots of copies of the new album as well as merch to get your hands on too!
We will be on the Rock Paper Podcast later this month in support of the new album release. Be sure to check it out by clicking the link in blue above and show Shane Presley some love for all that he does for local music!
Also, we will be featured in Central Mo News later this month as well. Included will be an in-depth interview with Sean about the music on the new album. Go check this page out as well as they bring lots of attention to bands in the Missouri area.
We hope that you all really enjoy the album as much as we have enjoyed recording it. It's a labor of love and it's what we love to do! It will be for sale iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon MP3, as well as a lot of other places. And don't forget, you can get it in CD form from any of us at the Album Release Party or any time afterwards by contacting us.
As we start this new year, we wanted to give an update on everything we've got going on. Here's what's up with NOWAKE:
We are closing in on completion of the studio portion of our upcoming album (entitled "An Act of Defiance"). Our producer, Scott Donegan, has done some amazing things with our tracks and we cannot wait to release it! We have tested out a few of the songs at recent shows (Fubar in St. Louis and the Mark Twain Brewing Co. show). We've gotten some great feedback and we know you will all love this album as much as we do!
We are currently locking in on some big shows in the Hannibal and Columbia regions with a few more on the wings as well... Possibly in the St. Louis area and others! We will be making those announcements on our Facebook page in the coming weeks and will get them up on the "Shows" page shortly after.
Overall, we find it hard to believe that 2017 will mark our 10TH YEAR AS A BAND! We've played for some great crowds, rocked alongside some amazing bands, and made some great friends along the way.
Here's to another great year, NOWAKE Nation!
Thanks for all your support and stay tuned for new on the album release this winter!
We have begun working on the next album! We have a graphic designer working on the album artwork and everything is coming together as it should! Look for big updates regarding this sophomore EP in the coming weeks! To us, the material sounds like a mix of Breaking Benjamin, Rev Theory, Velvet Revolver, and Godsmack. But, we really can't wait to hear the feedback from YOU! Thanks for supporting us over the years so we can achieve these big milestones!
Quick catch up session:
We recently rocked Fubar in St. Louis, MO. We got to play in the rain at L-Treyns in Keokuk, IA. Both were debuts for us at those locations and we hope to play them both again once the new album drops!
Be sure to catch us alongside our brothers in rock, Flatftoot Reed, and St. Louis giants, Fivefold, this November at the Mark Twain Brewing Company (more details to come)!!!