Say hello to ‘Hello Daybreak’
By Andy Garrison
October 1, 2012
In a world of music with, at times, depressing overtones and lyrics, one band, led by a Missouri Western student, is trying to make a difference.
Reagan Barnett, who is currently majoring in music technology, decided to team up with four other friends to make a Christian alternative band named “Hello Daybreak.”
“We have been together as a band for a total of three and a half years at this point,” Barnett said. “But we tell everyone we have been together for a year and a half. We kind of reevaluated our situation; that’s when we started recording our first cd and we started digging into the concept of really performing well and being good entertainers.”
Recently, Barnett said Hello Daybreak just released its first full-length album titled “Sing Dance Shout” on Aug. 14.
They are looking into several other ways to release their new album to fans and the public; right now, though, it is pretty limited unless you have heard of them.
“You can go to our Facebook page,” Barnett said. “We are mailing it out to fans; we are not on iTunes yet, but that is in our near future, hopefully within the next couple of months.”
Fellow band mate and bassist for the band Ryan Crisman was pretty excited about yet another future milestone for the band.
“Touring is something that we are trying to work towards,” Crisman said.
The band member’s ages span over a three-year age gap. Crisman and drummer Walker Brown are only 16; rhythm guitarist and keyboardist, Eric Seever, is 17; vocalist Sam Eliott is 18; and Barnett is 19. With the age gap crossing the critical bridge of adulthood at 18, it gives the band members more time to plan for their future as a whole.
“We have thought about this a lot, about the band and the future and where we are going with it, and we decided that with how spread out our ages are, by the time Walker and I are getting ready to go to college, we would like to be looking into something more permanent for the band, and that’s the goal we set — two years,” Crisman said.
Friend of the band and Hello Daybreak concert attendee Nick Sybouts thinks that calling them “just alternative” is too much of a limit to put on their style of playing.
“More alternative, but they don’t really stick with one style,” Sybouts said. “They have a pretty broad spectrum of styles; they try and branch out from just one specific style.”
Along with his activity in the band and college, Barnett has a lot of responsibilities to try and juggle around.
“It’s pretty difficult,” Barnett said. “I am busier than most band members; I have a job and I am interning at my church to be a worship leader. Mainly, the way I balance it, is the band gets weekends, the job gets week nights and the church gets Wednesdays and Sundays.”
Barnett is pretty clear on the band’s messages and goals.
“Our main purpose as a band, and we talk about this quite a bit, is to show that there is hope; that there is a light.”