Fueled by two songwriters with contrasting approaches, the DayBreakers craft their distinct sound through a blend of folk rock melodies, blues guitar muscle and rock and roll grit.
The five piece band, led by lead singer/guitarist Kyle Murphy, and bassist Matt Schairer has played many of New England's most revered rooms (The Middle East, TT the Bears, Thunder Road, Cape Cod Melody Tent) and shared the stage with some of the region's best roots rockers (Entrain, the Silks, Frank Viele), while also supporting national touring acts Christian Lopez and Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band.
In addition, the band has opened shows at Indian Ranch in Webster, Mass., supporting The Beach Boys, Three Dog Night, and Bret Michaels.
In August of 2018, the group was nominated for "Rock Act of the Year" by the New England Music Awards.
Murphy's songwriting draws from a combination of jazz and heartland rock, fusing the complex chord changes of bebop with the boot stomping choruses of Seger and Mellencamp.
Schairer's songwriting is tied tighter to country and folk, with an emphasis on storytelling akin to the Drive By Truckers and Springsteen.
The tension of two songwriters has led to artistic breakthroughs, but it has not been without its struggle. Plagued by line up changes and stylistic clashes, the band spent half a decade chasing the dream in half-filled bar rooms.
These nights led the band to be highly qualified to write their second full length album, a concept record about a band that doesn't make it and moves on with their lives.
The first single, "Take Two," reveals the band on the eve of dissolution, with Billy, the lead singing narrator, running through all the potential options in his mind.
The second single, "Rebel," opens the record and provides a foreshadowing prologue to the band's climb.
The album was recorded at Noise in the Attic Studios in Scituate, Mass. Seasoned producer Rob Loyot (Entrain, Girls Guns and Glory, Sarah Blacker) guided and produced the sessions and Dave Deluca tackled assistant engineer duties while also playing lead guitar. Kevin Zahner (Bubba Hernandez, Matt Dunn, Clay Thrash) played drums and percussion, and Jeff Calder provided keyboards and piano. The record is slated for an Early 2019 release.