Newly signed and ready to take the world by storm, alternative band Concrete Castles is excited to share their latest single “Half Awake,” out now on Velocity Records / Equal Vision Records. Additionally, the band has released a new music video for the song – directed by Daniel Carberry (Dua Lipa, Skylar Grey, Betty Who, Rise Against).
On the new single, vocalist Audra Miller shares: "The inspiration behind this song was all about having self confidence. Even if you’re going against everything that seems to be correct or the correct path for your life, it doesn’t mean you’re wrong! It’s all about believing in yourself and not letting other people bring you down because you are unconventional in comparison to their views. With this second single, we wanted to show our darker, heavier sound in the instrumental and verses, but still keep the upbeat pop vibes in the vocals and breakdown.”
“Half Awake” follows the band’s explosive debut, “Just a Friend,” which recently surpassed half a million views on Youtube. Keep up with the latest from Concrete Castles at www.facebook.com/
Like The Killers and Imagine Dragons before them, Concrete Castles started as a cover band. Except instead of honing their skills off the strip in Las Vegas, they've been building their cover presence on YouTube. The result is over 1 Million YouTube Subscribers and a quarter billion streams.
While the success from doing covers has been gratifying, the band learned that the more you cover and dissect pop and rock classics, the more you understand what about them works. Despite their young ages—vocalist Audra Miller is only 19, drummer Sam Gilman and guitarist Matt Yost are both 20—the trio possess a profound instinct for the intricacies of song construction.
The band began writing their own original music and brought in John and Stephen Gomez (of TWIN XL) to produce the new album and help bring those songs to life. Their yet to be released debut has already landed on many prominent "Most Anticipated" lists.
Concrete Castles ultimately shaped a dynamic sound that speaks to the eclectic nature of the band, whose members grew up on everything from country (Miller) to ’80s hair metal (Yost) to classic rock and emo (Gilman). Now the band is ready to show everyone what they've learned.