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  • Spotlight on Vincent Torres of Awake at Last

  • Offering a melodic sound that their fans feel is reminiscent of the platinum-selling rock band The Used, but minus the screaming, the Smyrna-based progressive rock group Awake at Last has two goals in mind: show the rock world they’re a force to be reckoned with and go on tour.


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  • Offering a melodic sound that their fans feel is reminiscent of the platinum-selling rock band The Used, but minus the screaming, the Smyrna-based progressive rock group Awake at Last has two goals in mind: show the rock world they’re a force to be reckoned with and go on tour.
    The band recently posted three new high-energy tracks on their Facebook page: “Lady Kill,” Constellation Conspiracy” and “Answers.”
    Vincent Torres, front man and guitarist for the band, chatted with the Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times about their new tracks, which they recorded at Oceanic Studios (the same studio the popular underground, electronic post-hardcore band Sky Eats Airplane has recorded at) and more.
    About Torres
    Name Vincent Torres
    Age 23
    Hometown Smyrna
    Education Smyrna High School
    Talent Singer and guitarist
    Favorite band Journey
    Q What responses have you gotten on “Lady Kill,” “Constellation Conspiracy” and “Answers,” since you’ve uploaded them to your Facebook page?
    A The songs haven’t quite blown up, yet, because we haven’t gotten a chance to really play another show since we released the songs, in order to really promote them and give out our business cards and stuff. All the responses we have been getting so far is they’re either amazed by them and they couldn’t believe it was going to sound that good.
    Q Prior to uploading the songs online, you’ve played them at a few live shows?
    A We’ve been playing all the songs but this is the first time we’ve released the songs so that the public can actually listen to them. “Constellation Conspiracy” and “Answers” were two songs we already posted up demo versions of. When we got the real recordings we put up the studio version of “Constellation Conspiracy” and “Answers.”
    Q What can you tell me about the album?
    A We’re just completely self-titling it, it’s just going to be “Awake at Last.” We’ve gotten the mixes back, which is a nice big step forward, and we’re going to be sending the CD’s out to get mastered, which is a whole new process where they take all the files and make them louder so that when you pop it in your CD player it’ll be nice and big-sounding like any professional CD you pick up. After we get it mastered we’re hoping to release it sometime in either late October or early November, depending on how long the mastering engineer takes to do it.  
    Q What separates Awake at Last from other bands? 
    Page 2 of 2 - A A lot of the bands that we’ve played with so far are really heavy. They’re super heavy metal and they do a lot of, like, heavy screaming and heavy music, which I dig. I’ve got props for anyone who can play their instrument well and write songs with it. I guess what really separates us is that we’ve all been in the music scene for quite a long time, we’ve all played in different acts and we were all popular in our own way with these other acts. Then we all kind of came together and people know us from our old bands, and now they know us with the new band. What really separates us is our drive. We’re extremely business savvy. It’s mainly because of our drummer [Jesse Kleim]. He has a business mind.
    Q What is the long-term goal for the band? CHECK OUT AWAKE AT LAST
    http://facebook.com/awake.at.last
    A Our ultimate goal currently is to release the EP, release a press kit — we’ve got a couple of meetings set up with a couple of different labels and we’re hoping, maybe, someone will back us and put some money behind us, even if it’s just an artist development label. It’s like look: we have a band, a trailer, we have all the equipment we need — it’s all high quality equipment — all we’re asking you for is promotion and to put us on tour. So our biggest goal is to just tour because the only way we’re going to build a fan base anywhere else is if we go on a couple of tours, even if we’re only playing for three people or 300 at a venue — you got to get out there. As much as I love Delaware, I grew up here and it’s a long shot if you’re going to try to make it out of Delaware if you’re just sticking around this local area.
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