Artist: Everyday Sunday
Album: Wake Up! Wake Up!
Everyday Sunday, who debuted on the music scene in 2001 with “Stand Up” on Flicker Records, is now back, after 3 years with their latest album “Wake Up! Wake Up!”.
The album starts out with “Let’s Go Back”, a song about changing relationships. Upbeat, the song is a good start to the album. It showcases strong drum beats and guitar riffs, as well as polished vocals. The lyrics aren’t super-original, but still a great song.
Next is the title track, “Wake Up! Wake Up!”. Like the first, and the rest of the songs, it’s very upbeat and well produced. The lyrics are actually original though, probably some of the strongest on the disc. Lead singer Trey Pearson sings of a common desire to find purpose, and ultimately wake up.
“Take Me Out”, track number 3, deals with frustration in relationships. Pearson sings, like in the previous song, of a desire to have a new fire. The song is a bit confusing, as you can’t tell if he’s talking to a girlfriend or God. The verses sound addressed to a love interest, but the chorus to God. It’s catchy though, and still a nice song.
“Find Me Tonight”, the debut single from the disc, has done well at radio, and is probably what will sell the album. It seems to be slower than the rest of the songs, but has the same common theme displayed throughout the album. Like the other songs, the band sings of being lost, and wanting to be found. Although it’s clear who the song is to, it never specifically names God, or says whether or not he was ever found.
The CD’s 5th track, “Apathy For Apologies”, is an odd mixture of an upbeat tune with dismal, angry sounding lyrics. “I hate to sound so jaded,” Pearson sings, but shows no intention of not sounding jaded. The relationship sung about it the song is obviously not working out, and likewise, the song doesn’t really work either.
Refreshing after the last track, “I’ll Get Over It (Miss Elaineous)”, is a somewhat cliché break-up song. Cliché isn’t always bad though, and the formula worked for the band here. Lyrics are relatable, and the beat is good. You’ll probably be singing the infectious “Woah, Woaahhhh” that makes up most of the chorus after hearing it. It’ll atleast be stuck in your head.
Then, “What We’re Here For”, speaks of a common issue among musicians. The song expresses feeling for something more than entertainment and fun, but a message and purpose. The track uses the same punk rock formula as the rest of the album, but has more meaningful lyrics.
“Now You’re Gone”, starts with 80’s synthesizer sounds, but alternates between that and a rock chorus. It’s probably the most unique on the CD, using different sounds that sound better than the rest. The background harmonies are good, too, making it another very strong tune. It could even potentially do well at secular radio.
Second to last, “Tell Me You’ll Be There”, probably the album’s best song altogether, is a sweet song about a lasting relationship. It leans more towards the style of “Now You’re Gone”, using dated, but still cool synthesizer. It’s also the calmest song, ditching the fast-paced drums and guitars. Pearson’s vocal work here is at it’s best. Unlike the rest of the disk, you can hear emotion and feeling.
Closing out the disk is “From Me To You”, proving that they saved the best 3 songs for last. The song is much like the last 2 songs. The lyrics are somewhat less than original, but the song’s vocals and production are great. It’s a good pick-me-upper for a bad day, and would make a good single. The song fades out, but it’s a misnomer, with 45 seconds still left on the song. It fades back in, and ends on a looping guitar track.