Nashville-based indie rock band Waker announce debut album, Fresh Out
Jullian Records and Nashville-based indie-rock sextet Waker are excited to announce the band’s long-awaited debut album, Fresh Out (pre-order). Produced by former lead guitarist of Cage the Elephant Lincoln Parish, Fresh Out is the story of an American road band in the year 2020 and the trials and tribulations they’ve had to endure along the way. An exuberant salvo with an anthemic chorus and soaring guitar solo, "Many Days Ahead” was written following the end of a long relationship when frontman Chase Bader was re-learning how to discover himself and what he thought was most important. “Right now we are all in a valley, but the great thing about a valley is that there is always a peak that rises above,” Bader explains. “Above all, we have the hope that life does and will get better. You just have to lean into the emotion and the separation, learn from it, be kind to yourself, be kind to others and endure.” Watch the music video for “Many Days Ahead” over at Relix HERE.
A six-piece ensemble from Nashville, Tennessee, Waker’s sound spans the American musical spectrum. The group combines the spirit of classic rock, the pathos of Motown soul, the restless experimentation of jam band music, and the songwriting acumen of the best indie rock that results in a wholly original and stirring aural gumbo. The road to Fresh Out, the band’s forthcoming debut album, was long but ultimately it was a rewarding one. Its narrative stretches back to the mid-aughts, when frontman Chase Bader and Conor Kelly (electric guitar) met as classmates in fifth grade. After playing in various high school bands together and learning from each other musically, Chase moved back to his native Alabama his senior year. The two remained in close touch and eventually ended up together at Belmont University in Nashville. Forming a unit and adding bassist Ryan Ladd, percussionist Ryan McClanahan, and sax player Al Mathews to round out the group, the band played house shows in Nashville before touring the Southeast and the West, playing everything from frat parties to festivals. Some time later, the guys brought on drummer Dave Czuba to cement the band’s lineup. Most of the new album was cut live in producer Lincoln Parish’s home studio, which contain songs filled with the vibrancy and verve the band has become known for onstage. Press play and the album hurtles out of the gate with the lead single “Waiting On You,” a song the band wrote late one night after finishing a marathon writing session. Recalling prime-era Dave Matthews Band, “Many Days Ahead” also holds a special meaning for percussionist Ryan McClanahan. “It has a ringing message which feels true today,” he says, “about not getting so caught up in what’s going on now.” The album closes with a tune called “Small Song,” which showcases the more introspective nature of the lyrics. The last number written and recorded for the album, “Small Song” is a meditation on the vicissitudes of life and the hidden beauty found in life’s dramatic turns. “I really wanted that song to be the last song,” says Bader. “That song to me just says it all, that you can’t appreciate something until you’re away from it, until you’re outside of a frame and you can actually take a look.” Waker now sits outside the frame of Fresh Out, and they like what they see. They’re eager to give it another life on stage, where it can grow in the hearts and minds of their burgeoning fan base. As Bader says, “the music of Waker is all about what’s possible, and ‘Fresh Out’ is chock full of possibility.”
Fresh Out track listing: Waiting on You Down the Water Jade Already on the Ground Beautiful View Many Days Ahead Freedom Let it Grow Loving Heart Second Chance This is not Goodbye Small Song