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The Wake Up - Single Review: Worthy

30 Oct 2020 // A review by Kev Rowland

Caleb, Chris and Laura are back with new recruit Nathan, and their latest single as The Wake Up: if there is any justice in the world here is a song which is going to be blasting out of radio stations all over Aotearoa for the next few months.

Written by fellow Palmerston North musician Adam Lee, Worthy hits so many sweet spots it is actually quite hard to know where to begin. Driven by the drums at the back, the guitars are a buzzsaw layering of sound, with a simple melody laid over that, and the breathy innocence of Laura sits nicely over the top of it all. Imagine a mix of Avril Lavigne, The Cranberries and The Bangles thrown together into an Eighties power pop punk mix with strong hooks and nuances which lift it away from the norm, and you may just get close to what these guys are all about.

There is a quiet section, we get "na na nah’s", harmonies, treated vocals, what is there not to love? I’ve just played it half a dozen times on repeat and it makes me smile each and every time. This is fun Summer music which makes the listener want to bounce and singalong – it also stops on a dime, which leaves us wanting that little bit more so of course the only thing to do is play it again! Produced and mixed by Mike Dwyer (Shawn Mendes, The Lumineers, Vance Joy), he came across the band and asked if they could work together as he was so impressed, and anyone who hears this is surely going to feel exactly the same way. Based on this I am really looking forward to hearing an album from these guys.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About The Wake Up

Both Drummer Caleb and Guitarist Chris met in 2015 when both local bands were going to compete on XFactor NZ, but after a short appearance on telly neither band won, and they went back home to Palmy... only for both to then bump into each other, drink a hot cuppa, record furiously, hone their skills on their instruments and take on the newly appointed singer Laura fresh from Music school, With at least a albums worth of songs already recorded, they set to release a single each upcoming month for 2019!

With a truck load of influences behind each of the 3 members in the band a few stand out in the imaginary musical venn diagram, Such as Paramore, Fall Out Boy & Pink
But don't let that hide the eclectic mix of other artists that inspired their songs along the way.
Truly songs built to remind you of that great summer time vibe, bringing a smile to your face.

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