I came upon Day Wave as I was setting my schedule for this year’s Lollapalooza. Honestly at first, I considered adding Day Wave to my schedule because I liked the name of “the band”. In actuality Day Wave is musician Jackson Phillips. Based out of Oakland, California, Phillips was previously part of the electro-pop duo Carousel, who then decided to go solo. As Day Wave, Phillips performs his music with accompanying musicians.
When I read the brief bio on the Lollapalooza app that mentioned Day Wave’s musical influences being New Order and Joy Division (bands I love), I listened to the songs and was immediately drawn to the lyrics and similar sounds. After hearing Day Wave’s cover of New Order’s Ceremony, I was sold.
When it came time to watch Jackson Phillips and band at Lollapalooza – one of the first bands playing that Friday morning, I was happy to see a crowd continually forming around me. It was great to see that Day Wave’s live performance was just as awesome as what I had been listening to heavily on Spotify the weeks before the music fest.
Playing songs from the two EPs, “Headcase” (2015) and “Hard to Read” (2016), my personal favorites include Nothing at All, Drag, Headcase, Deadbeat Girl, Gone and Stuck. That day, I also added Day Wave’s acoustic set to my schedule (the Toyota Music tent at Lollapalooza hosts smaller intimate performances by bands performing throughout the weekend). You can watch video clips from both sets below.
Day Wave went on a mini-tour this fall, passing through Chicago with a performance at Schubas. Sadly, I was not able to attend. But thankfully Audiotree was there and have posted videos of three songs from the show (viewable below). I’m hoping for another tour so I don’t miss another Day Wave show!
Videos from Audiotree – Day Wave at Schubas (11/10/16):
Videos from Lollapalooza 2016: