[stream] Wakey!Wakey! - "Twenty-Two"

Pop Headwound and Wakey!Wakey! go way back, so it’s extremely satisfying to see this talented local artist, songwriter/pianist Mike Grubbs, getting more and more national recognition. Over the past few years his band has released a pair of live albums through Family Records, an EP, a digital only single, and a free album of covers that featured, among others, reimagined versions of songs by Neutral Milk Hotel, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Alicia Keys. You may even recognize Grubbs from his recurring role as bartender “Grubbs” from One Tree Hill, a show that tapped his song “War Sweater” for their season finale last year.

Well, Wakey!Wakey! And Family Records are now gearing up for the release of the first full length studio album from the band. Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You is available now on the Family Records site, where you can also stream the first single, “Twenty-Two”, as well as the propulsive near title track, “Almost Everything”. For long time fans, “Twenty-Two” is kind of a stunner. When Grubbs described the album for Spinner earlier this week he said, “With the new album, people can expect a whole new sound from W!W!. We'll still have dark haunting tracks ... but we're also giving you some more danceable and open sounding songs”. “Twenty-Two” is an immediately catchy pop song that downplays Grubbs’ usual hard hitting piano for whistling, backing vocals, and guitars that resemble a less esoteric Dirty Projectors. 2010 is going to be a big year for Wakey!Wakey! - here’s the proof:

(from Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You. Buy here)

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