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Wake Up Bedhead in Winona on 04/18/13

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May 1, 2012

Thanks to Mid West Music Fest, 89.3 the current, and Gimme Noise

Mid West Music Fest 2012 Poster

Recently, we participated in the 3rd annual Mid West Music Fest, founded by Sam Brown. We’ve played every Mid West Music Fest to date and look forward to many more. Out of all three years, this year’s MWMF was a step above the rest. The lineup was more impressive than ever including some of our out-of-town favorites: Zoo Animal, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Cory Chisel and the wandering sons, General B and The Wiz, Maudlin, and Enemy Planes. The attendance doubled from the previous year, and there was a lot more press coverage than before. Winona has yet another great thing going for it with Mid West Music Fest. If you haven’t attended or heard of it, you can find more information from the Mid West Music Fest website.

Photos From MWMF 2012

Zoo Animal
Zoo Animal at MWMF 2012

Tapes ‘n Tapes
Tapes 'n Tapes MWMF 2012

 

89.3 the current

In a post titled, Mid West Music Fest 2012, 89.3 the current posted pictures from MWMF. Both Sherry and Eli from Wake Up Bedhead are featured on this post. Thanks to Andrea Swensson and 89.3 for sharing photos of our set on your blog. 🙂

Tweets

Also, during our set, Swensson tweeted, “Lead singer in ’60s psych rock band Wake Up Bedhead is wearing PJ pants, while his bassist is in a ball gown. Makes sense, somehow.” I’ve worn those pajama pants forever. Finally someone has noticed! 😛

Also, Erik Thompson, Gimme Noise blogger, tweeted, “Wake Up Bedhead’s lead singer is wearing pajama pants–my wife could never like them. They are loud, though. Dibs is a cool joint, too.” So the pajama pants definitely got more attention than ever before. I’m not sure what to make of the response though. Should I wear the pajamas or not? The whole idea was that every Wake Up Bedhead show is a pajama party and our hardcore fans should show up in pajamas. That hasn’t ever happened, but it would be sweet if it did.

Gimme Noise

In a blog post titled, Mid West Music Fest, Day Three: Kimya Dawson, the Melismatics, BNLX, and My Private Eye, Erik Thompson said this about Wake Up Bedhead, “Their guitar-heavy, melodic sound really set the scene well for Dibs, which would play host to plenty of loud acts throughout the rest of the night. Wake Up Bedhead really picked up steam as their energetic set rolled on, and closed with the guitarist flailing about on the stage as he lost himself in the strident discord of the band’s final number.” Thanks for mentioning us in your blog Erik!

Also, Erik had great things to say about My Private Eye calling them, “the most accomplished and original Winona group of the festival.” Congratulations to Todd, Megan and Zach for such a great write-up.

Closing Thoughts

Overall, this year’s Mid West Music Fest was the best one yet. We hope it continues to thrive for many years. Thank you Sam Brown, Alex Stevens and everyone else associated with Mid West Music Fest.

If you haven’t downloaded our album yet, do it now. 😉

 

 

April 25, 2012

Download our new alternative indie rock album for free!

April has been a busy month for me. First, it was Coachella, and then it was Mid West Music Fest. Before all of that, I was putting the finishing touches on our first full-length album, Listen With Your Eyes Closed.

A year and a half in the works

Some of the tracks on Listen With Your Eyes Closed were recorded as far back as August 2010 while the majority of the recording was done in the spring of 2011. If we recorded everything a year ago, why is the album just now coming out? Well, as I was mixing it, I would have little light bulbs going off about how to do things better. This meant I felt the need to go back and remix the entire album several times. I think I remixed it a total of three times. Each time, the improvements were more and more subtle.

Why give it away for free?

In my Internet Marketing classes at Full Sail, I spent a lot of time deliberating over the best way to release the album. Eventually, I settled on free. Surely, it would be nice to get paid for a year and a half of work, but being an artist, it’s more important to have an audience. Wake Up Bedhead has been around for 6 years. That’s a long time. We’re still based mostly out of Winona, and we’d like that to change. By making this album available for free, we hope to grow our audience throughout the country.

Help us out by sharing

After you download your copy of the album, we ask that you share it with your friends. Consider it your payment for the free album. We give it to you for free, and you share it with your friends. It’s so easy. That’s all we ask. There is a sharing button right on the sign up widget, so you can share to Facebook, Twitter or even your own blog right after you get your copy of the album.

All that being said, thanks for your support, and we hope you enjoy this album!

Listen With Your Eyes Closed