Comprised of Dillon Mealey (lead vocals, primary songwriter), Jeff Alvarado (bass, collaborative writer), John Creighton (keyboards), Jon Brick (drums) and Tommy Perrotta (lead guitar and background vocals), the Long Island-based quintet Wake The Sun can trace their origins to when Mealey, Alvarado and Creighton were in a previous project together. As the story goes, the project wasn’t working out too well, and by early last year, the project went through a massive lineup change and a refinement of their sound. With their current project, the quintet specializes in a timeless, old-school rock sound that draws heavily from Mississippi Delta, Chicago and Detroit blues, and is raw, loud and gritty — as rock should always be. And as a result, the Long Island quartet have had their work praised by the likes of Revolver Magazine, Ghost Cult Magazine and KNAC, among others for a sound that has been compared favorably to the likes of Rival Sons, The Black Keys and Cage The Elephant.
Wake The Sun’s self-titled EP was released earlier this year, and from the EP’s first single “Wicked Souls,” the band makes it apparent that they’re here to kick ass and take names, as the single consists of bluesy power chords, thundering drumming and soaring organ chords paired with an anthemic hook that you can imagine a packed house shouting along lustily. Certainly, the first time I heard “Wicked Souls,” I stopped what I was doing at the time, and thought to myself, “Holy shit, that kicks ass.”
Building on the buzz that the band has already received, the band will be embarking on a national tour that includes a September 20 stop at The Bowery Electric. If you dig that timeless, old-school bluesy rock sound, I think you need to catch them at a music venue near you.