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A recent article in Scene and Heard described the songs of The Daybreak as "a music geek's wet dream". As the sound of the band continues to evolve from their disparate and unique influences, such a statement becomes more and more accurate. The history of the group, too, continues to be written as the band achieves greater and greater success, notoriety and musical accomplishment.
The Daybreak were born on November 22, 2001 when fellow university students Sumon Mukherjee, Mike Dawson, and Rob Domagala came together with the goal of making the best music - period. Bent on bringing melody and rock'n'roll back to the music scene, the trio started writing and rehearsing their own material, quickly amassing a strong collection of songs.
With Mukherjee taking vocals and guitars, Dawson on drums and percussion, and Domagala on guitars, the group felt they had something special. Drawing influence from the UK indie scene and the 'Madchester' movement of the 90s, the group keeps listening to favourite acts like the Stone Roses, Oasis, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, and The Verve. Classic acts like The Beatles, The Jam, and The Who were also studied for inspiration.
After a succession of bass players, Pat Bramm joined the band in March 2003, permanently filling the position. With an average age of 21, The Daybreak's music offers an impressive mix of youth and maturity.
The Daybreak has performed extensively around Toronto, drawing strong crowds at many of the city's top clubs. The band has played such venues as the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern, Lee's Palace, The Mod Club Theatre, and The El Mocambo. Each show by The Daybreak has seen the band play to more and more people, and the buzz around the group grows with every performance. The early buzz generated by the band, coupled with the growing acclaim accorded their live shows was displayed when House of Blues Productions asked The Daybreak to open a massive showcase for English phenomenons "The Music", even though the band had only performed live six times prior to the show. The band was thrilled to play to a completely sold-out house, and solidified their growing reputation as one of Toronto’s most promising buzz bands with a spectacular performance.
Since then the band has shared the stage with Maroon 5, Gavin DeGraw and Mono as part of alternative radio station 102.1 The Edge's "Nu Music Night". The Daybreak was happy to close this show and be the lone indie act on this major-label bill. On May 30th, 2003 The Daybreak was again asked to perform a show for House Of Blues, this time opening a showcase for Sweden's The Sounds and America's Vue. The band also showcased at the 2003 North By North-East Festival, sharing the stage with Swervedriver’s Adam Franklin, The Salads, Robyn Black and the I.R.S. and All Systems Go! Additionally, the band was very pleased to headline the 102.1 The Edge showcase at the 2004 North By North-East Festival at the Hard Rock Cafe. Recently, The Daybreak was asked to perform as part of a Universal Music showcase at the massive and beautiful Mod Club Theatre alongside stellastarr* and The Killers, two of the biggest current buzz-bands. Again and again, The Daybreak are linked to new bands making vital and groundbreaking music, either through performance, comparison or both, and, in the process, the band is becoming internationally recognized for both the distinctiveness and timelessness of their own songs, showcased through their notorious live performances and their 5-song debut E.P. "Everything In-Between", released in August of 2003.
The Daybreak has also achieved significant success on national radio, having been featured and interviewed on Canada's biggest rock radio station, 102.1 The Edge, among others. Indeed, the band was very pleased to be the station's 'New Rock Preview' twice: shortly before their April 6th, 2004 show and again over the April 24th weekend. The Daybreak was very happy to have been twice given such a prestigious honour, one which very few independent bands receive. The band was also featured on The Edge's "Next Big Thing" special, alongside Pilate and The Killers.
The Daybreak has begun to schedule their first European Tour, to take place in late 2005. The band plans to play primarily in the UK, and particularly in London over a 2 week period. The band has also finished work on their sophomore E.P., "these lines in your eyes", released on Pure Violet Records April 19th, 2005. Finally, the band is in the process of editing their first video, shot in late March 2005 for "Hindsight".
The band has also proven itself in competitive circles, finishing second in the semi-finals of the Emergenza Festival. Having caught the eye of several of the event's organizers, The Daybreak was dubbed one of Emergenza's "Bands to Watch For". Just as the band caught the eye of Emergenza, The Daybreak has not gone unnoticed by the music press: reviews of the group have been favourable. Scene and Heard’s Andrew Horan wrote that the band’s music “sits comfortably alongside releases by fellow Canuck anglophiles Pilate, The Dears and The Stills” and pointed out that the new EP "only adds to the strong buzz that's presently surrounding the band, and solidifies The Daybreak on the list of local bands to watch"; The Strand observed that the band “[leads] the Brit-Pop scene in Toronto”; Chart Magazine wrote that The Daybreak is “moving to something good”; The Varsity noted that the band is “well on their way to a breakthrough”; and Toronto paper, The Mike remarked: "finally Canada can boast about an epic band, hard on melody and groove and with all the attitude and songs to boot."
This Is The Daybreak.