The Rescue Rooms archives: 2014

Wakey! Wakey!, Wakey! Wakey! Live At Rescue Rooms

  • Thursday 30th October 2014
  • Supported by: Casey Shea




Ever since his single “War Sweater” jettisoned him into stardom five years ago (thanks to a game-changing plug on One Tree Hill), the indie-pop singer has built a following that’s as passionate as his compositions. His fans have bought 45,000 copies of his self-released debut, the exquisitely tortured Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said the Last Time I Saw You. They’ve permanently inked his lyrics on their bodies (you can find them on display at the “W!W! Tattoos!!!” Pinterest board). And in the ultimate gesture of support, they crowd-funded his self-released follow-up album, the fittingly titled Salvation—and even exceeded the goal by 141 percent. Meanwhile, Salvation’s first single, the bright, palpitating “Wake Up (Lily I Love You),” is already off to an auspicious start, amassing global grassroots traction.

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SUPPORT: Casey Shea

Casey Shea spent his youth tuned into classic rock radio. While his friends were headbanging along to the grunge bands of the 90s, Shea found solace in Brian Wilson's, "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times."

The Louisiana native has spent the past decade establishing himself as a New York City staple both as a solo act and as a frontman of his band. His songwriting and performance style is at once quirky and heart wrenching; the result is a rare treat that is both musically gratifying and raucously entertaining. Over the past few years, Shea's persistently toured the U.S. and Europe, released two albums, and a third is on the way.

His work, both recorded and live, has been reviewed by NME, MTV, CMJ, and The New York Times, and his songs have set the scene in episodes of One Tree Hill, Necessary Roughness,MADE, Friends With Benefits, The Gates, the movie Peace Love and Misunderstanding, and the independent documentary Mr. Rogers & Me.

Please note this is a 14+ event.