Loud Guitar Melodic Power Pop
“Awake” is 3:19 minutes of pure pop bliss that’s soon to be released on the forthcoming LP “Fun Control” by Velvet Blue.
What started out as a t-shirt and jeans home demo written by Derek Schanche and recorded in Garageband by Patrick Emswiler, this new song was taken to The Cave to record drums and feedback guitar with Danny Naim (Beyonce, Rihanna).
Mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies).
"AWAKE" also features Pete Donnelly (The Figgs, Graham Parker) on bass guitar, Johnny Sandoval (Tower of Power) on drums and Kelly King on percussion.
Produced by Derek Schanche and Co-produced by Patrick Emswiler.
All Songs Copyrighted © by Derek Schanche (ASCAP)
Cover art concept by Derek Schanche
Art Direction by Terri Moore
“Awake” leans heavily on bands such as Big Star and Boston’s own Buffalo Tom where Derek spent 19 years writing and recording while immersing himself in the local music scene with his previous bands Señor Happy (Mike Deneen/Q division records) and Stars Crashing Cars on CBS Records (Tom Polce/ Larry Jenkins).
Full of loud guitars and an intro/guitar riff that’s reminiscent of The Beatles “Paperback Writer,”
it’s a song that fans of pop music will enjoy.
“We decided on releasing singles online with a cover to match each song” Derek stated. “I wanted the artwork to be just as much a part of the music for people to appreciate”.