Billboard announces Destination: Red Rocks by Southwest Airlines feat. The Daybreaks

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It’ll be just like Battle of the Bands – only bigger. 

In an effort to support artists on the rise, Southwest Airlines is hunting down six of the most promising musical acts from cities across America and giving them the chance to open for The Fray at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO. Dubbed, “Destination: Red Rocks,” the competition will deliver a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity for the winning band, and give them the chance to catapult their careers to the next level.

What’s more, as Southwest Airlines' way of thanking the city of Denver, the concert is free to the public and will support the Denver music community by donating to Amp the Cause, a local non-profit organization for children.

Here’s how it will all go down: Southwest Airlines has just selected bands from Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Phoenix – more on them in a minute – and each group will have to show their stuff in a “Live at 35” performance video (meaning: a live show at 35,000 feet aboard a Southwest Airlines flight). Then, a small group of music industry experts will select the one band that will receive $5,000 and open duties at the sold-out Destination: Red Rocks show...

While you might expect Nashville to produce a country act, the heartfelt synth-pop style of The Daybreaks is more akin to Of Monsters and Men than honky-tonk – and the perfect fit for Red Rocks acoustics.

No Country for New Nashville ACME Feed & See show review

...Our first performers of the evening, The Daybreaks, are a relatively new outfit in the local scene. They formed in early 2015, during songwriting sessions between dual front-persons Kaleb Jones and Heather Bond. By early 2016, once they got Adam Bokesch and Zac Stred (of Milktooth) to play on the recordings, they added them to the live roster. Their music, augmented by Heather’s stellar work on keys and her powerful vocals, has an art house pop feel, similar to the band Metric. Sharing lead vocal responsibilities, on Kaleb’s songs the sound is more of a Lumineers vibe or possibly even Local Natives on his falsetto. The two played off of one another very well, utilizing stunning vocal harmonies that drew the large audience in. From the start, it was obvious that all of them have been working hard together to refine their live show.  My favorite song of the set was “The Stranger,” but all the material they played from their yet-to-be-released record showed tremendous potential. Unfortunately, we’ll all have to wait until the summer, which is the tentative release date, to really dig in. Regardless, jump at any opportunity you get to see The Daybreaks live, because we have a feeling this band have a very bright future.

No Country for New Nashville ACME Feed & Seed show plug

A relatively new local band, formed in early 2015 during songwriting sessions between Kaleb Jones and Heather Bond, The Daybreaks officially began to materialize in early 2016, once they got Adam Bokesch and Zac Stred (of Milktooth) to play on the recording and form the live band. The first single, “The Machine,” was soon to follow, and not long after that we helped them premiere a live video for a cover of Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer”. Their sound screams ’80s in the best ways possible, with cinematic pop songs destined for greatness. With the momentum they’ve been building, we fully suspect they’ll be another break out Music City success story sooner than later. Catch them live for free now, while you still can!

“The Machine” (Baltre Remix) premiere by Q108 Clarksville

The Nashville super-group, The Daybreaks, sat down with us in the Q108 studio as our Local Artist of the Week. We got to hear all about how the group originated, the new album they are expecting to release this July and the ridiculous yet amazing idea behind their brand new video for “The Machine” remixed by Baltre. We premiered “The Machine Beltre Remix” from The Daybreaks upcoming album on air, and they played a live acoustic version of “The Wake” for us in the Q108 studio. Last, but certainly not least, The Daybreaks took part in a little game of #HuthorDare where they killed our cover carousel. Check out The Daybreaks brand new video and the full length podcast below.

“Panic” single premiere by Lightning 100

The Daybreaks’ Kaleb Jones, Heather Bond and Bobby Holland are no strangers to the Nashville music scene. Both Jones and Bond have had very successful solo careers- Jones was also the the frontman of Lorien, The Young International and INTL. Multi-instrumentalist Holland has played with numerous bands around town including one of our favorites, Milktooth. Not to mention, his mixing and producing credits that run the gamut from Meghan Linsey, to Sam and Ruby, to Reece Mastin.

We were instant fans of The Daybreaks at Lightning 100 and have been *impatiently* waiting for some new music from this Nashville supergroup for some time now. They did not disappoint when the group debuted their new single “Panic” on the615 show earlier this week.

“Panic” is the perfect song to showcase the best parts of this band: harmony-rich vocals, instrumental prowess and Holland’s incredible production skills. The build is instant and never stops. The Daybreaks’ harmonies hit you immediately, welcoming you to this quintessential dance rock jam. The vocal blend of Jones and Bond stacked on top of their synth-heavy pop sounds catches you instantly and leaves you feeling enchanted and begging for more.

We’ve been spinning the track all week exclusively on 100.1 FM, and now you can listen on demand below!

"Cruel Summer" music video premiere on The Deli

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Summer isn't all sunshine and icy drinks with fruit in them. No matter what The Beach Boys tried to tell you, it's a season for loss as much as any other. A song like "Cruel Summer" works at taking a different approach to an overplayed trope, and the cover from The Daybreaks' camp pulls double duty. Fully indulging in the bleak sorrow suggested in the composition of the 1980s original, it's clearly a well thought out effort that doesn't take the gimmicky style-swap change of some covers or the miserably by-the-numbers approach of many others, but instead explores the intent of the original in a meaningful way and adds to what was already present. This version, held aloft by a restrained instrumentation and hauntingly cool harmonies, is like a nice bit of shade from the heat. If you want to get into the summer spirit but aren't sold on the idea of the season as a three month party, check out the video below. -Austin Phy

“Stranger” single premiere by Musicians Corner

"Indie "supergroup" The Daybreaks have a lot of love for Musicians Corner, and we love them right back. The Nashville band -- comprised of Kaleb Jones, Heather Bond and producer Bobby Holland -- are only a few months old, but they've already brightened up the local scene with plenty of great music. You can get a taste of their powerful, frequently haunting sound by listening to the debut of their latest single, "Stranger," below. 

Lighting 100 has dubbed you a "supergroup," which sort of makes you superheroes. What's your origin story?

Heather: Kaleb and I met at a studio about a year ago and started writing together. We later demoed a few songs with Bobby, who then suggested making an album with us! We never had any intentions of becoming a band, but once we started working on the project it all came together pretty magically so we decided to go for it. 

What's the story behind "Stranger?" 

Kaleb: "Stranger" is about the end of a relationship and all of the feelings and baggage that go along with it. When we love someone they become a version of home to us. Places we go, people we see and things we do are all linked to memories firmly anchored in that person, that relationship and that idea of home. Sometimes that home gets ripped away. Sometimes we rip that home away from others. Stranger is about those feelings of estrangement in places that were so comfortable before and with the people we used to hold so close. 

What have some of your career highlights been so far? 

Heather: Honestly everything we've done so far since the band started has been a highlight for me. We played our debut show opening for Jukebox the Ghost in Louisville, followed by a run of showcases at SXSW. When we got back, we were the Lightning 100 Artist of the Week and have played a few really special shows since then. We can't wait to be part of Musicians Corner this Fall. That will be a highlight for sure! 

What are your musical goals for the year? 

Bobby: Release our debut record, make three music videos, and play a bunch of amazing shows with amazing bands. We’ve already done so much this year! Honestly, playing Musicians Corner was one of our biggest goals, so cheers to making that one happen.

What are your thoughts on Musicians Corner?

Kaleb: We absolutely love Musicians Corner. It's a concentrated example of why Nashville is so awesome. It's a microcosm of what is attracting people from around the world to visit and live here: Great music, great food, great beer and great people coming together as a community to be a part of something bigger and amazing."

“The Machine” music video premiere praise by The Autumn Roses

"Its ghost – stylish, moody and its flight fluid – is hidden just beneath its surface, well styled and ready to dance. “The Machine” is the debut single from Nashville, Tennessee’s The Daybreaks, and Chad McClarnon has directed its new video, which balances retro and modern aesthetics with a sleek independence. You can stream the single on Spotify and download it from iTunes, and you can follow them onSoundcloud to keep up to date on each new release."