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WAKE UP HATE 'Deep Sleep' By MJ Stevenson


Deep Sleep


May 17, 2019

By MJ Stevenson, Contributing Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

Right now, I am sitting here eating chocolate chips trying to think of the best way to describe this amazing debut EP by WAKE UP HATE released on May 17th. Usually the only time I struggle to find words to express my opinion is if I'm unsure of it. This time, however, I am struggling because this band has blown me away right out of the gate. 

When I review I usually listen to music on all of my listening devices. One of my favorite listening places is my car. It’s not that I have the best system, really it’s because it is my yelling (aka singing) safe zone. I can turn it up high and hear all of the facets of musical glory of whatever I happen to be into at the moment. WAKE UP HATE was an instant karaoke car (or car-e-oke if you like) hit for me. It’s a sing-along type album with lots of hooks to get caught on.

WAKE UP HATE is a hard American rock band with a mission to “push the limits of rock music,” as lead singer Jake Adkins puts it. With a solid and steady percussion from Triston Blaize on drums, beautifully timed riffs from guitarist Matt Browning, and deliciously hard vocals from Jake, these three have got the formula to make heads turn and and possibly top charts. The writing in this EP is complete gold and the lyrics are poetic yet straightforward and relatable.

Their sound is a late 90s early 2000s Hard Rock like a Breaking Benjamin or Three Days Grace but with their own twists in there. Their first single “Cycle” (also the first track on their EP) was a hit with over 60,000 streams since out in late 2018. It’s makes a great first track, as it's hard hitting and holds the listeners interest. My favorite track on the EP is actually the title song “Deep Sleep” which has some slightly Pop Alternative feels but the chorus is heavy and on point. “Deep Sleep” also recently dropped a video on the 16th. This video features the band playing their hearts out in a dark room with occasional special effects. Though not a particularly intriguing video the song more than makes up for the fact that the video seems subpar. 

Let's talk for a second about their other music video that came out the beginning of May for “Love You Like a Hurricane.” It is a loose story based video that features Jake stumbling around the dessert and abandoned houses looking for water while hallucinating. Jake Adkins tells us, "We wrote ‘Love Me Like a Hurricane’ about how looking for love can be like trying to find water in a drought. The song talks about a past relationship gone wrong from the perspective of someone who wants to try to make it work again, for better or for worse." I’d say the video and the song definitely put this together. Although the production quality is great the video doesn’t particularly wow me. I’d much rather just listen to the song with it’s catchy chorus lines and engaging lyrics. Somewhat unrelated but worth a mention, I thoroughly enjoy Jake’s flaming red hair with the dessert background.

While I don't find this band powerfully unique in their overall sound, I do think they are diverse and energetic enough to push themselves into a good position to make charts and attract many fans. I would definitely give these guys a 9 out of 10. I mean you know it's a good album when you find yourself subconsciously singing to it later (especially when you're trying to work and then suddenly you are serenading your phone call customer...oops). Keep your eyes out for these guys this year.

I think we will be seeing a lot more of them and I for one am looking forward to what they have to give us. Now excuse me while I go find some more chocolate chips. I’m out. 



Track list: 

1) The Cycle

2) A New Way to Hate

3) Over the Edge

4) Deep Sleep

5) Love Me Like a Hurricane

6) Not Worth Saving

7) Blind Apologies



Jake Adkins (vocals)

Matt Browning (guitars)

Triston Blaize (drums)







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