Named as an homage to the 1980’s slasher movie genre, south coast UK power-pop quartet The Stayawakes deliver big hearted jams and sweet harmonies. Counterpointed by a visceral live energy and more volume than is strictly necessary, the band strive first and foremost to be a killer live act.
Underpinned by friendships going back multiple decades, schoolyard rivals Andrew Ricks (vocals/guitar) and Peter Foulk (guitar) formed a lifelong bond over a piano and a Dire Straits cover. In 2001 they teamed up with Steven Hart (drums) to form melodic post-punk outfit Day of the Fight. With big ambitions and a really crap van they toured extensively through the noughties, until the wheels literally and metaphorically came off the bus. More recently, Jimmy Cooper (bass) joined to complete the line-up. This time-served connection is evident in the band’s performances, where intertwining melodies create a whole greater than the sum of its parts.
In the summer of 2018, The Stayawakes released their debut album “Cats and Dogs / Living Together” with production help from Norwegian artist Kenneth Ishak (Beezewax), engineering by Tim Greaves (Southsea Sound) and mastering by Justin Francis (Rozwell Kid, Anti-Flag).
“An upbeat album full of harmonious melodies and punchy riffs” Spill Magazine
“The epitome of the quintessential summer album” Uber Rock
“If it’s uplifting and instantaneous power pop you’re looking for then it doesn’t get much better” Alt Dialogue
“If your summer soundtrack is likely to include acts such as Sugar, The Wannadies, Weezer, Teenage Fanclub or Nada Surf then this really is a band that you’ll want to check out” Loud Hacker