Dawn Of Life, Quarter Monkey, Rylei Franks
Hailing from the gritty sonic proving grounds of Spokane, WA, power-trio Dawn of Life seamlessly bridge the divide between the classic rock greats and the modern legends. Since their inception in 2012, Dawn of Life has carved their unique niche in the Spokane music scene with live shows known for their high energy performances and larger than life sound. Referencing artists as diverse as Led Zeppelin, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Foo Fighters, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Jack White, Dawn of Life has a style that is unapologetically original and impossible to pigeon hole into a single niche or genre.
Formed in 2012 as a rock duo by brothers Stephen and Sam Shoemaker ( guitar / vocals and drums respectively), Dawn of Life expanded in 2015 with the addition of bassist G Train to become the powerhouse trio they are today. The band's sound has evolved along with their popularity in the local and regional scene. Dawn of Life has performed extensively throughout the region, including amongst others support sets for national acts Zoso- The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Tribute, The Young Dubliners, and international touring artist The Marcus King Band at Spokane's top tier Knitting Factory Concert House.
Dawn of Life is currently wrapping up work on their first full length album, the as-yet untitled work recorded at the band's own Infinity Studios in Spokane. In the true spirit of rock 'n roll, the band worked hard to capture in their recording the spontaneous energy that defines Dawn of Life's live performances. As guitarist Stephen
Shoemaker explains of their decision to record basic tracks live in the studio, “ Sam and I played so much off each other – we feed off each other playing live and we went into the studio with that mindset.” The resulting album, with an expected early-mid 2018 release date, is sure to be a rock tour-de-force.
Dawn of Life's 2018 tour plans include expanding to venues regionally throughout the NW in support of the new album – and the band is eagerly anticipating the experience of playing new cities and meeting new fans. A Dawn of Life show is a universal musical experience certain to be well received by almost any audience, and perhaps best defined by drummer Sam Shoemaker: “ we're groove music; we're all about good music and fun times and just being able to connect.”
Quarter Monkey has a reputation of putting on mind-blowing show after mind-blowing show.
On Nov. 8th 2008, Quarter Monkey successfully released their first album “Lucy” during a packed show at the Cretin Hop in Spokane. In June 2009, Quarter Monkey set out on a 3-month summer tour starting in Seattle and venturing down the coast playing shows in: Vancouver, Eugene (Black Forest), San Francisco, LA (The Mint, Club Good Hurt), Arizona (Hollywood Alley), New Mexico, Colorado (Little Caesar “Hot & Ready Band Competition Winner”), Montana and more. Since then, Quarter Monkey has kept the local/regional scene alive returning to Seattle, Helena, Spokane, Richland, etc… All the mean time banking up new original tunes for their next full-length album "Got No Name" available now!