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Wake Up Call brings the sounds of pop, punk

PLATTSBURGH- There's a new band in the local music scene.

The band Wake Up Call recently formed from two different bands, according to guitarist Nate Haber. Friend Pat Daly played drums in the band A Moment Forever and the two had always talked about starting a band. So, Daly joined with him, bringing along vocalist Jake Goddeau. Haber and bassist Ian Fisher were in the band My Enemy My Ally, which had broken up, leaving the two looking for "something new."

"So, we all decided to give this a try," said Haber.

And, it worked. The band formed in January, brandishing a "pop/punk" sound, influenced by the different tastes in music they have, said Haber.

"We all listen to a wide range of music, basically everything from Robert Johnson who is a classic blues artist to Whitechapel which is a really heavy metal band," he said. "We have so many different influences that it all just gets mashed together and we use aspects from all genres of music."

The band sets its sound apart from others in the area by adding their own "twist to things such as breakdowns, without screaming," said Fisher.

"When we were all deciding what kind of band to be we decided that more than anything we wanted to appeal to as many people as possible while still enjoying it ourselves," explained Haber.

The band's first performance was recently at Gilligan's Getaway.

"The crowd was great and they really got into the music which made us happy. We are actually still a really young band," said Haber.

Businesses like Gilligan's Getaway and Olive Ridley's and Joe Cross from local music promotion business Plattsburgh Shows have helped smaller and newer bands get heard, which has helped greatly, said Haber.

"More people have started to pay attention to local music which is a great feeling for all the bands and musicians that have been working hard to revive the scene," said Haber. "Lately, we have been getting some bigger name bands to come and play which has helped the scene even more - bands like Still Rings True, The Heisman Hopefuls, and Vice & Virtue. If it weren't for all the great people in Plattsburgh the music scene would have never made a revival."

(Editor's Note: Wake Up Call's next performance will be this Saturday, April 2, at Cocktails, 42 River St., Morrisonville, starting at 5 p.m. The band is also slated to play an all-ages show Friday, April 8, at Olive Ridley's Basement, 30 Marion St., also starting at 5 p.m. The band plans to release their three-song demo that night. Check out Wake Up Call on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wakeupcallband.)

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