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  • Awake At Last lives the dream on Vans Warped Tour

  • A year after making their debut on the Vans Warped Tour 2013, lighting has struck twice for the Dover band Awake at Last.
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  • A year after making their debut on the Vans Warped Tour 2013, lighting has struck twice for the Dover band Awake at Last.
    On July 11, the progressive rock/pop quartet was granted their second straight year of playing a stop on the prestigious Vans Warped Tour, as a result of gaining a high rating in the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands competition.
    Unlike their debut on the Vans Warped Tour 2013, this year’s concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., ran more smoothly and the band approached it with more of a networking attitude.
    “We knew more what to expect,” said lead guitarist and Dover resident Eric Blackway. “We were utilizing the fact that we were there to work and promote, rather than trying to showcase. I wanted to go there and handout postcards, and make as many new fans as possible.”
    Frontman and guitarist Vincent Torres said the performance “was definitely way better than last year,” in reference to a bit of bad luck that occurred during the band’s 2013 Warped Tour performance.
    “I broke a string and didn’t have a backup guitar at the time. And I had to play the set just as the singer,” the Smyrna resident explained. “I was also the rhythm guitar player. So there was just lead, bass and drums, so it sounded empty.”
    The same black cloud hovered over Torres and the band this year, but the outcome was different.
    “This year, I broke a string and then switched my guitar, and I broke a string again, but we still played through it,” he said. “And I didn’t break as important of a string. The show sounded a lot better, and nobody could tell [I broke a string]. Everyone was like, ‘We didn’t even notice.’ And we watched the crowd grow.”
    Bassist Tyler Greene said last year the band’s dream was to make it on the Warped Tour. And while the gang wanted to return on the tour this year, they were more confident in their chances of making it.
    “I know the first time we applied for [the Battle of the Bands], we wanted to see if we could get on [the Warped Tour], and the fact that we got on it surprised us,” the Dover resident said. “This time, we went in more prepared and we kind of knew we had what it takes to get in. We weren’t worried about whether we were going to make it or not, it was just a matter of when they were going to call us.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Awake At Last performed tunes from their newly released EP, “King of the World,” during their set on the Warped Tour.
    The band’s last show in Delaware was this past Thursday, when they rocked the Wagon Wheel Restaurant & Bar in Smyrna.
    Armed with new tunes and a boost of confidence, Awake At Last is still hoping they’ll one-day land a record deal and become a full-time band.
    “I feel like we’re establishing ourselves more,” said drummer Bryan Mills of Dover. “More people in the scene are starting to know who we are.”

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