“Nominated for 'Rock Act Of the Year' by the New England Music Awards in 2018 and 2019!”
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, Delta Generators, Frank Viele), while also supporting national touring acts The High Divers, 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 2018 and 2019, 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 shadow of a 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 named "Worn Out Dream," about a band that doesn't make it and looks to move 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.
"Worn Out Dream" 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) and Jon Chapman (Adam Ezra Group) played drums and percussion, while Justin Klosek and Jeff Calder provided keyboards and piano. The record was released on August 9th, 2019.
Brian Ownens of Metronome Magazine:
"Blurring the lines between country and rowdy rock and roll, the DayBreakers serve up a notable jangle that's been lacking in most modern music.
Bill Copeland Music:
"The Daybreakers debut CD is a collection of fun, gritty, blues rock, folk-rock, and country rock that makes a good companion to any drive down the highway."
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Mayer Danzig of Twangville.com:
"Their songs are centered around some mighty fine pop hooks that they deliver with plenty of electric guitar and vocal harmonies."
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