"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."

No Country for New Nashville “The Machine” video plug and Lightning Local Artist of the Week show plug

"We recently introduced you to new local project The Daybreaks, when wepremiered their fantastic cover of Banarama classic “Cruel Summer,” and we’ve been obsessing over their debut single (and recently released video, below), “The Machine” for months. Dripping in ’80s nostalgia, electro-infused, cinematic, and hook-laden, the pseudo-superground are poised to become one of Nashville’s next breakout acts. Catch ’em for free tonight thanks to Lightning 100 before they blow up. [PO]"

Lightning 100 Artist of the Week

"Our local artist of the week The Daybreaks consists of music industry veterans Kaleb Jones, Heather Bond and Bobby Holland. Holland’s varied sensibility of sound, plus Bond’s piano prowess, paired with Jones’ bold guitar playing, is at once immediately welcoming and uncharted territory. The Daybreaks write electrifying lyrics that intrigue the listener and beg for repeat spins. We at Lightning 100 quickly dubbed the band a “Nashville super-group.” Their debut single “The Machine” is pure cinematic pop, and we’ll be spinning it all week on Lightning 100. Don’t miss The Daybreaks this week at Soulshine Pizza Factory for Friday Afternoon Live!"

“Cruel Summer” video premiere by No Country For New Nashville

"New band alert!  The Daybreaks, another local super group, are a shining example of the collaboration that is so often mentioned behind the success of the local music scene.  Beginning with sessions between songwriters Kaleb Jones and Heather Bond in early 2015, The Daybreaks began to materialize in December 2015, after producer Bobby Holland heard demos and suggested that he help them cut a record.  They enlisted the help of Adam Bokesch and Milktooth’s Zac Stred to play on the recording and fill out the live band.

The Daybreaks dropped their first single, “The Machine,” on Feb. 26.  The song features a very danceable synth backbone that is a nod to 80s pop stylings, and lyrics that speak of following the heart to find your space in the world.  Today, we are excited to premiere a live video for their take on the Bananarama classic “Cruel Summer” which the British 80s pop stars first released in 1984.  The live cut was recorded at Pentavarit, and features an almost eerily stripped down take on the oft-covered dance banger.  It’s definitely an interesting bedroom dream pop twist on a classic, and is worth a few moments of your time while you add The Daybreaks to your radar.

The Daybreaks are heading to Austin for some shows at SXSW this week.  They will be back in Nashville performing on April 8, when they are slated to be Lightning 100’s artist of the week.  They follow that performance up with a full band set at The Basement on May 3, and Heather and Kaleb will be performing as a duo at The Bluebird Cafe on May 5."