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JACK RABBITS 20 PRESENTS

AWAKE AT LAST / THE FUNERAL PORTRAIT

AUDIO HIVE, and guests

February 15

7:00 pm

Awake At Last are reaching more people than ever as they take a
stand for positivity and hope in the face of the anger, fear and hatred running riot through news
media, and infecting the lives of too many. “I think that we tell a very unique story and our positive spiritual theme can bring a lot of value to the lives of those who listen to us,” states vocalist Vincent Torres. “There is a lot of garbage in the music industry right now as far as the kinds of themes that are pretty heavily pushed – a lot of ‘party here’, ‘hook up there’, ‘buy this because it’s status’ – but we want to elevate and inspire the people who believe in us. We want to be living proof that if you believe in something enough, and work towards it through all the obstacles, you can achieve anything.” With their six-track mini album, Life/Death/Rebirth, the unsigned quintet have come into their own, and pushed things to the next level. Revolving around Torres’ thoughtful and relatable lyrics, it has been described by Alternative Press’ Taylor Markarian as “dark pop, hard rock, and post-hardcore com[ing] together for a powerful and entirely unique sound”, and it is unquestionably the work of a dynamic and engaging young band who want to make a difference.

Awake At Last were not born of any scene, in part because their native Dover, Delaware lacks
anything cohesive. Still, the individual members – Torres, guitarists Imran Xhelili and Eric
Blackway and drummer Jon Finney – cut their teeth in the few local acts in the area before forming the band in 2014. “Being eager to get out onto the road, we were able to start building up a dedicated following with our hard work ethic from the beginning, as we continued to develop the music and the brand,” says Xhelili. From their inception, they knew that if they were really going to connect with people and encourage them to follow the band they needed to offer something more: inspiration, hope, and purpose. “The name Awake At Last represents the spiritual awakening we felt as individuals when we realized that music could be both a catharsis, and a way of life,” Torres explains. “When we decided this is what we wanted to do, no matter what, it was reminiscent of “waking up’ and finally realizing what kind of project our art was going to be.”

2014’s King Of The World EP was the first introduction to many who have since become ardent
followers. A concept record that pushed the themes of “overcoming the obstacles and fears that tend to hold us back”, it struck a chord with those who found their way to their shows or their social media, and the band toured off the back of this for several years. Word of mouth soon spread about their high energy live show with a theatrical flair – the quintet giving 100% of themselves whether playing to a sold out room or half a dozen people, always taking the time to be available to those who showed up afterward. “We pride ourselves on being able to connect with fans every night and hear their stories,” says Xhelili. “That’s always been a mantra of the band: to meet fans one by one, and maintain those relationships and have it be known that the fans always come first.”

In 2017, everything stepped up a gear for Awake At Last. Named as one of Twelve Bands You Need To Know in Alternative Press, supporting the likes of Hawthorne Heights, A Killer’s Confession, Story Of The Year, Memphis May Fire and Nothing More, and in July they dropped
Life/Death/Rebirth. Demonstrating a profound evolution from the sound showcased on King Of The World, it draws from a much wider range of influences and is a much heavier and intense collection, without compromising the more uplifting qualities of their music. The central concept of the record is embodied by the title, Torres stating that with this core theme in place the record took on a life of its own. “I knew I wanted to tell a story about the afterlife. Each of the songs is a representation of myself, which became these experiences that shaped the fictional afterlife of the character in the story of Life/Death/Rebirth. They touch on everything from crippling anxiety and fear, to loving and losing, and to finally seeing the bigger picture and learning some of the most important lessons I may ever learn in my life: that it’s not about me. It’s about the tapestry our band is a part of, and the lives of the people we get to experience this with.”

The momentum the band have been building is undeniable. Life/Death/Rebirth landed on the
Billboard’s New Artist and Current Hard Music charts when it was dropped, and standout track
“Purgatorium” has racked up 600,000 streams since being added to Spotify’s Official Hard Rock
Playlist in December 2017, and the band can lay claim to an impressive 1.5 million overall streams. They have also made substantial inroads at Sirius XM, “Purgatorium” amassing 200+ spins since its addition, reaching #48 on the Mediabase Rock Chart, and ranked fifth in the most rotation for two consecutive weeks. Having never stopped pushing forward the band are particularly busy this summer, having played multiple dates on the final Warped Tour, appearing at the Louder Than Life Festival alongside the likes of Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch, and finishing out the season touring with Eyes Set To Kill and Dayshell, as well as dates with Ice Nine Kills and Currents. On top of this, they performed at iMatter Festival in upstate New York in
support of the iMatter Foundation, which hopes to spread awareness of self harm and suicide and to raise money to prevent it. Their commitment to helping others and changing lives through more than just their music has also led them to team up with Can You Hear Me?, an organization that works with musicians to raise awareness, take action and provide a supportive, empowering community for teens struggling with issues such as mental health, bullying, and peer pressure. They entered the studio in July 2018 to record their debut full-length
with producers Kile Odell and Joshua Landry, the release of which will herald the beginning of the next exciting chapter in Awake At Last’s story.

“We want to see all the beautiful, amazing people we’ve had the pleasure of meeting and be a
symbol they can all be proud of and stand behind,” Torres adds. “We want to bring everyone
together, and we can’t wait to bring more music to them and connect with them even more.”

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