Larimer Lounge - June 23, 2017
Article by Madi Heath
Jackson Phillips, the only official member of the indie rock band Day Wave, brought the same dreamy energy of his songs to the Larimer Lounge in Denver. The small venue was ever-flowing with carefree vibes while Phillips sang his heart out. The openers for Day Wave known as the Indigenous Robot and Blonder, certainly did not fail in preparing the crowd for Day Wave’s great presence on stage.
Day Wave got their start in Oakland, California, and really began their journey when artist Jackson Phillips released the band’s debut EP Headcase in 2015. The release introduced the band to millions of streams and downloads via Spotify and iTunes. Previously, Phillips was a part of an electro-pop duo named Carousel, until he would ultimately decide to go his own way starting Day Wave two years ago.
Phillips was born into a family of music lovers and grew up playing the drums, so the formation of Day Wave wasn’t too much of a surprise. Interestingly enough, Phillips went to Berklee College of Music to study jazz drumming, until deciding to switch to production, which would greatly contribute to the formation of Day Wave. Phillips has previously said that he didn’t like the competition aspect of jazz drumming at Berklee, which led to him realize that he needed to figure out what he loved most about music again, which seems to be exactly what Day Wave has done for him.
The band signed with Harvest Records in November of 2016, and shortly after released the popular single ‘Wasting Time.’ Before this release, the band opened for multiple famous artists on tour including Two Door Cinema Club and Blonde Redhead. In May of 2017, Day Wave released its debut album, The Days We Had, which led Phillips to his headlining tour this summer.
Day Wave’s music is almost a melancholy compilation of feelings of summer and love. The band’s songs are atmospheric and full of synth-based guitar-pop sounds that make you want to pick flowers and record your friends laughing with an old film camera. The at-home production brings a sense of closeness to the artist and his voice. His lyrics give his audience such a sense of honesty by covering more personal experiences in his life.
The fan base of Day Wave seems to be growing quickly, while there is nothing stopping Phillips from continuing to make new music. He puts on an enjoyable show that truly encompasses him as an artist and his music style. I can’t wait to see what Phillips does next.