“I Was Awake kicked the night off with one energetic set. We have featured these guys on our compilation series in the past but had not had a chance to check them out live yet. What a way to start the night. Their guitar work brings a prog element to their sound but they walk the line of rock, prog and even indie/alt very nicely. And singer Chris Harvey gave one hell of a performance. It sort of felt like we were watching some of the punk/hardcore bands we all used to love, like Thursday. He has that sort of look and energy. Perfect for the stage!"”
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“I Was Awake is an American, 5-man, contemporary progressive rock band from Boston and the surrounding area. All 5 members are experienced musicians, having played with various rock outfits...and that experience tells throughout their self-titled debut EP. Though only five tracks long, because of the genre in which they operate, that equates to well over 27 minutes of music; more than enough time to make a serious impression. This they do thanks to solid songwriting and exceptional musicianship. Both principal guitarists Justin and Dan contribute immense riffs and needle point solos, building a depth of sound that can be daunting. Fortunately plenty of light and shade is provided by a 3-piece string section, Chris H's vocal, both high in tone and in the mix, and arrangements that allow room for the melodies to take hold. All 5 tracks come together to form an enjoyable whole, rather than provide individual highlights (though I am particularly enamoured with “The Frightened One”)...”