Starting in the late 90's with a dream to become “an edgier, American version of The Cure”, frontman Devine led his band through years of “paying dues the hard way”, before finally conquering their hometown of Chicago, and going on to navigate a treacherous industry through a relentless worldwide touring schedule, two major label releases, and more than a few VH1 Behind the Music moments. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) once stated, "Kill Hannah is the future of more... Chicago Rock", and on the band's third and latest LP, WAKE UP THE SLEEPERS (OSR / Universal Motown), Kill Hannah have lived up to the praise by delivering their deepest and most thought-provoking collection of songs to date.
Those familiar with Kill Hannah’s previous work on Atlantic Records-including 2003’s For Never And Ever and 2006’s Until There’s Nothing Left Of Us (Featuring breakthrough single "Kennedy", and Top 40 radio favorite "Lips Like Morphine", respectively) will no doubt recognize the band on WAKE UP THE SLEEPERS, but will also appreciate the musical evolution the band’s undergone the last three years. As Kill Hannah introduces their third album to their stalwart fans, they are keeping a determined eye focused on new converts.
With tracks like the grimy club scene- inspired first single "New York City Speed", the arena rock ready anthem "Strobe Lights", and the brilliant, format defying "Why I Have My Grandma's Sad Eyes", the album pushes the listener into every emotional corner imaginable, not coming up for air until the final, eloquent album closer "Promise Me". As if there were any doubts, the band's across the board eccentricity also comes to light vividly with the list of guest appearances on the collection. Featuring vocal contributions from The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, Good Charlotte’s Benji Madden,The Birthday Massacre’s Chibi, and even the Chicago Children's Choir, the songs take on an air of uniqueness and originality that is sorely missed in recent rock releases.
The title itself, "WAKE UP THE SLEEPERS", is a rallying cry from the band to its fans, old, new, and future. A statement to the old guard, that it's time to reinvent a once glorious industry that has, sadly, lost its way. Devine explains, "Our mantra for this album is 'Evolve or Die.' The old model is obsolete, because the labels have become so out of touch with the fans." This isn't a product; this is a battle plan for future musicians, to put artistic vision first. Always. "I have to believe there will be a new ‘golden era’ for the music industry, and I need for us to be a part of it."
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