WAKEY WAKEY RELEASES
HOMELESS POETS EP
“You owe it to yourself to listen closely. You’ll love it as much as we did.” – Artist Direct
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (September 25, 2015) – Singer/songwriter/musician Michael Grubbs aka Wakey Wakey has just released the Homeless Poets digital EP, available now via The End Records. The EP precedes the full-length album entitled Overreactivist, set for an early 2016 release.
The Homeless Poets EP is comprised of three tracks: the vibrant acoustic title song, the EP-exclusive ‘Adam & Eve,’ and the plaintive ballad ‘Golden,’ which will be featured on the full-length. Collectively, it is both an exhilarating and elegant foretaste of Overreactivist’s emotionally-charged, politically-aware template, and an affirmation of a truly independent spirit on something of a crusade.
Title song ‘Homeless Poets’
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Sep 25 — YUCA; Cologne, Germany
Sep 26 — Knust (Reeperbahn Festival); Hamburg, Germany
Sep 27 — Privatclub; Berlin, Germany
Sep 30 — The Courtyard Studio Hoxton; London, UK
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Grubbs began playing piano at the age of five, impelled by maternal instruction and inspired by the works of Brahms, Bach and Beethoven. An artistic sensibility was formed and later augmented by his teenage discovery of a more contemporary canon, including Billy Joel, Elton John and Led Zeppelin, gradually evolving into Wakey Wakey’s singular sound.
After 10 years of tending bar and playing open mic nights in NYC, he’d just about had enough. That’s when Grubbs met Mark Schwahn, chief writer and executive producer of hit American TV drama series One Tree Hill, performing a brief set for him helmed by a then recent composition, ‘War Sweater’.
“At the time I was really inspired by politics. I remember being really sad about it all. I wrote the whole song in 30 minutes. It’s crazy to think how much of an impact that 30 minutes has had on my life.”
Schwahn used the song in the finale of One Tree Hill’s sixth season and gave Grubbs a small recurring role in the show.
“Literally a day after ‘War Sweater’ debuted on One Tree Hill, it was number 13 on the iTunes chart”. There followed a rapturously received debut album, the impossibly tortured Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You, and the devotion of a fan base whose fidelity to their idol led to the crowd-funding of a second album, 2014’s Salvation.
Wakey Wakey makes a welcome return to Europe to play special one-off shows in Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg and London including a performance at the prestigious Courtyard Studio in Hoxton on Wednesday 30th September 2015. A full UK / European tour is in the pipeline for 2016.
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