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Revelator Show 103: Sleepwave to Your Own Awakening

On this episode of Revelator I welcome music guest Sleepwave & Fall to June. This week in Revelator History features Digital Summer, Mindset Evolution, David Martinez and Mike DeWolf from Taproot.

 I wish everyone a Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! May the Irish in you shine and the green beer flow freely. This week’s show is jammed packed with lots of great music and some really fun and candid interviews.


SleepWave

Spencer Chamberlin formally of the band Underoath joins me to talk about his new and SleepWave. The band’s debut album”Broken Compass” was released in late of 2014. They were on tour with former guest Nothing More. Spencer and I shared common thoughts on a lot of topics from the music industry “standards” touring, writing, and Social media impacts both good & bad.  Spencer also shares a b back ground stories about himself and the early beginnings of Sleepwave after the disbanding of Underoath.

At the time of the interview Spencer was unable to discuss the newest May tour featuring 36 CrazyFist

On this Episode you’ll hear two cuts off Sleep Wave’s debut album titled “Broken Compass”. The opening song is “The Wolf” a song that I believe is a good representation of the band’s sound in general. The interview went a little longer than planned but when you have someone who provided such great talking points and context on a variety of topics you allow them to speak. Spencer has a real handle on his direction as an artist. It’s integrity through art and music.  I close the interview with the song “Whole Again” It’s another track off the album the showcases Sleepwave’s musical onslaught.

I’ve included a large portion of Sleepwave Bio Below.

While slick melodies, homogenized hooks and good looking people will always have a place in popular culture, there’s no denying that the most vital, visceral and altogether revolutionary rock n’ music is born in basements, back alleys and filthy clubs. A lot of bands pay lip service to “saving kid’s lives” and “promoting positivity” these days. But the most authentic art draws from true struggle; and is created from desperation vs. vanity.

SleepWave video for "Whole Again"

SLEEPWAVE cuts through the white noise of sound-a-like charlatans like a dull knife. Broken Compass, the Florida based band’s debut album, speaks truth to power by bucking trends and digging deeply with a creative determination all too lacking today. A Sleepwave show is full of spit, snot, bile and vibrant redemption, performed by the core duo of Spencer Chamberlain and Stephen Bowman (and various live collaborators) with purpose and meaning. Compared to the camera-ready prima donnas around them, these guys look like they slept in a gas station and they sound like the pop apocalypse. “Art is a vehicle for emotion and when that sentiment doesn't actually have anything honest behind it, it's just a waste of energy,” declares vocalist Chamberlain, who shared guitar, bass, keyboard and programming duties with longtime friend Bowman in the studio. “Music offers an escape, but its noise when the overall content is cheap, or only as deep as a puddle. Sounds offer something, but a sound and a message are stronger.”

The message doesn’t have to be political or otherwise ideological. It’s more about having something meaningful to say that contributes something of value to the culture. What Sleepwave has to say is multifaceted, provocative and unapologetic. Broken Compass delivers the dirty dark side of electronica through the lens of classic song structure and melody. Sleepwave is a cocktail of Nine Inch Nails and The Beatles, Muse and Nirvana, Deftones and The Who, with echoes of the ‘90s alt-rock radio dial.

It’s already proven to be invigorating career resurgence for Chamberlain, who has lived the rock n’ roll tale of self-sacrifice, chart success, substance issues and a crashing “early retirement” as frontman for Underoath. The band once sold over 100,000 copies of an album in a single week, graced the cover of magazines and influenced an entire generation of bands, including Sleeping With Sirens and The Devil Wears Prada, and took their rightful place atop the screamo revolution alongside Thursday and Thrice.

Yet when the majority of the guys in his band decided to move on to other careers, Chamberlain found himself pouring the last of his savings into a brand new project. In a Most Anticipated cover story, Alternative Press painted a bleak picture: Spencer, alone at his kitchen table in his soon to be foreclosed upon home, sitting beneath his Underoath gold records while counting pocket change to buy the night’s fast food grub.

“I lost basically everything I had and a lot of that emotion is right there on the record,” he explains. “Sleepwave is heavy and aggressive, but there’s a lot more to explore. I love what I did in Underoath, I love metal, but it’s not all of who I am. There are all these different sides of me I get to express with this band. There’s a somber overtone to the album, there’s a lot of sadness, but there is also some hope. And there’s a lot of freedom in making a debut album, because nobody knows exactly what to expect.”

Chamberlain and Bowman gravitated toward one another several years ago, based on their mutual appreciation of bands like Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden and Filter. A lot of their peers were just as wrapped up in the overall “scene” as they were the sound. But the future Sleepwave duo shared a focus on musicianship, on writing, on great songs. Bowman knew of Spencer through the pre-Underoath band, This Runs Through.

“I always respected what Spencer was up to musically and our friendship just developed organically over time,” he explains. “We shared a lot of the same appreciation for different bands, but we have individual, but complimentary, artistic identities, too.”

The pair worked on Sleepwave off-and-on during breaks from Underoath’s touring schedule. But once they realized this was going to be a real band, things took a much more serious turn. By the time the two guys hit the studio with producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Breaking Benjamin, All Time Low); Chamberlain saw it as an all or nothing proposition: Sleepwave would work because it had to. It just had to.

“I love Deftones, but oftentimes the songs are a little too mid-tempo for me. I love Alice In Chains, but it’s maybe a little dated for some. I love Nine Inch Nails, but I often wish [Trent Reznor] had a wider vocal range. Stephen and I feel like we can do just about anything, so we figured, why not make a ‘super band’ that sounds exactly the way we want a band to sound,” says Chamberlain. “We wear our influences on our sleeve, but we’ve put it together and approached all of it in a way that’s fresh and unique.”

Fall To June:

Ben Badger was a really cool guest for a lot of reasons.  It’s one of those things where you may not know a lot about the person behind the music. Then when interviewing them you leave thinking wow, what a great person, modest, down to earth and overall pretty damn cool. Ben was all of those things and it’s easy to hear why they selected him as their frontman.  On the self titled album set for release this April 21st Bens vocals and lyrical substance provide a transparent sense of the ands direction and purpose.

“I always respected what Spencer was up to musically and our friendship just developed organically over time,” he explains. “We shared a lot of the same appreciation for different bands, but we have individual, but complimentary, artistic identities, too.”

The pair worked on Sleepwave off-and-on during breaks from Underoath’s touring schedule. But once they realized this was going to be a real band, things took a much more serious turn. By the time the two guys hit the studio with producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Breaking Benjamin, All Time Low); Chamberlain saw it as an all or nothing proposition: Sleepwave would work because it had to. It just had to.

“I love Deftones, but oftentimes the songs are a little too mid-tempo for me. I love Alice In Chains, but it’s maybe a little dated for some. I love Nine Inch Nails, but I often wish [Trent Reznor] had a wider vocal range. Stephen and I feel like we can do just about anything, so we figured, why not make a ‘super band’ that sounds exactly the way we want a band to sound,” says Chamberlain. “We wear our influences on our sleeve, but we’ve put it together and approached all of it in a way that’s fresh and unique.”

Fall To June:

Ben Badger was a really cool guest for a lot of reasons.  It’s one of those things where you may not know a lot about the person behind the music. Then when interviewing them you leave thinking wow, what a great person, modest, down to earth and overall pretty damn cool. Ben was all of those things and it’s easy to hear why they selected him as their frontman.  On the self titled album set for release this April 21st Bens vocals and lyrical substance provide a transparent sense of the ands direction and purpose.

Florida southern hard rockers FALL TO JUNE are pleased to announce the upcoming release of their brand new self-titled full-length album, hitting stores on April 21, with distribution via MRI. The album is produced by veteran producer/engineer/composer Stan Martell (Fuel, Saliva) at Ballistic Audio Productions of Kingsland, GA and will be available for pre-order soon. Compelling, passionate lyrics intertwined with memorable melodies, wailing guitar solos and explosive riffage perfectly define FALL TO JUNE’s sound.

 In celebration of the album’s release, FALL TO JUNE will perform at several album release parties throughout release week in different major U.S. cities. Stay tuned for more information and see below for currently booked dates.

 FALL TO JUNE is streaming the track “Delta Breakdown” now via www.falltojune.com – 

Fall to June is undoubtedly about to release their breakout album. FTJ may be a newer name in the hard rock scene, but the band features veteran musicians in the form of seasoned bassist Jeremy Mar Reawakeingshall (formerly of two-time Gold-certified grunge/alternative rock band COLD) and drummer Nate Yant (ex-NerVer, featuring Casey Daniel of Seven Mary Three). In addition, the band boasts brimming talents Dan Mickler (guitars) and Ben Badge (vocals).

 With this line-up solidified, the band was able to grab the attention of Brad Stewart at Ballistic Audio Productions, known for his work with Puddle of Mudd, as well as his time as an original member of Shinedown. Stewart is a current member of platinum-selling rock band Fuel. “When I first heard FALL TO JUNE, it gave me hope that real rock n’ roll still exists in this world,” states Brad Stewart. “The performances on the record are tasteful with a variety of influences ranging from swampy down home Southern rock and soul to high intensity super rock. FALL TO JUNE is the shot in the ass that the rock world needs right now.”

 In addition to the band’s existing members, ex-Shinedown guitarist Jasin Todd will wield the lead axe during FALL TO JUNE’s upcoming tour (read below). Todd was approached by producer Brad Stewart to be a part of the album and immediately accepted the offer. Stewart felt Todd would be a perfect addition to the group.

 Jasin Todd offers, “I believe it was around the middle of February last year when delivery of a hand written, wax sealed envelope arrived by carrier. This was a strange and rather unnerving way to receive word on anything, as most prefer the route of email as of late. Cracking the crimson seal stamped by the familiar insignia of BA (Ballistic Audio), it soon became apparent to me that Brad Stewart was in need of my services yet again. There are few I hold in such high regards, so without a thought, I offered my specialties to FALL TO JUNE. Now, here we are with a new album to be released this spring!”

This week in Revelator History:

This week in Revelator history features a lot of amazing past guest.

Digital Summer:

 Lest start with Jon Stephenson who appears on Revelator#3 “Where’s your Library Card? “ Jon at the time was playing with DS but since then has left the band and is currently playing with 12 Stones and also played guitar on tour with former guest 3 Pill Morning.

Digital Summer is currently working on their new album and follow up to “After Hours: Unplugged and Rewired“acoustic album released in 2013. The band has released a new single “50 Shades” this past Feb. 2015. This single is the first release from the upcoming Aquarius EP, which is the first of a series of EP’S now, is referred as the Zodiac Collection. Release set 2015.

You can check out the video for Forget you

Mindset Evolution

Rob Ulrich the lead vocalist makes his second appearance on Revelator #50 “Fifty Shades of Revelator” to talk about the bands upcoming “Change” campaign

 We can't believe it has been ten years since we recorded our first independent record "39 Miles West of Normal"! It's been an amazing ride and we want to celebrate with YOU on April 25th at Limelight Eventplex in our home town, Peoria, IL! We have some really fun surprises in store and as a thank you to the fans and our longtime friendship with 105.7 the X Rocks, we will be giving away a free copy of "Brave, Bold, & Broken" to the first 105 people through the door, so get there early! We can't wait to see you all!!! TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY! And you can save some loot and order your tickets here:https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/798775?

ME, are also working on the follow up to “Brave, Bold & Broken” album. 

David Martinez:

David is no stranger to Revelator at all. David is one of the few people who’ve appeared on shows I’ve hosted three times here is link to all shows David has been a part of http://omnes.tv/person/david_martinez/ David also appears on Revelator #50 “Fifty Shades of Revelator” David is a true DIY indie artist. David can sing, write songs and play the hell out of a guitar. His newest album “One More Time” was produced my Leroy Miller. David is always playing live, always. David is a great singer song writer. David and I also share a common passion for sports as well. Be sure to check out David and his music.

Mike DeWolf from Taproot

Mike DeWolf is one of the coolest, kind, and positive people I’ve had the pleasure to know since I’ve been doing Revelator. Mike first appears on Revelator #7 while Taproot was on their Gift tour. Taproot at this time is idle but Mike has been keeping busy with his graphic design company.  Music and Art Co. USA

You can check out the video to the song I play form Taproot on the show called "The Everlasting"

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