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Lehighton hard rock band Another Day Dawns makes Billboard Heatseekers chart debut with ‘A Different Life’

Lehighton hard rock band Another Day Dawns makes Billboard Heatseekers chart debut with ‘A Different Life’
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Four months after Another Day Dawns released their debut EP, the hard rock band from Lehighton has begun charting on Billboard.

This past weekend, “A Different Life” hit No. 10 on Billboard’s Northeast Heatseekers chart, an impressive feat considering the five-song album was released independently with no major label backing them up. The chart is currently topped by nationally known artists like Cave In, Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, and Aurora, so it’s clear that local fans have helped spread the word about these young up-and-comers over the last few years as they worked their way up in the Lehigh Valley music scene and more recently into the Northeastern Pennsylvania scene.

“Thank you to all our fans. There is more yet to come!” the band said in a Facebook post today.

“A great attitude, hard work, and a will to succeed will get you everywhere. It’s great to be working with a rising band and such great individuals,” tour manager John Phillips said.

Phillips, the owner of 900 Management, MCR Design Group, and The Room at 900 in Forty Fort, is the former tour manager for multi-platinum Wilkes-Barre rock band Breaking Benjamin and currently works with legendary rappers Public Enemy, Snoop Dogg, and Ice-T’s Body Count. He told NEPA Scene that he also attributes Another Day Dawns’ success to their fans as well as the group’s talent and determination.

“They are getting a ton of streams, and sales from their shows are beyond strong. They have been plugging at this for years. At this point, they have established a loyal following, have a great live show, a positive attitude, and just a hunger to win it all. The songs are great also,” he noted.

“Not to mention the entire scene that has been behind them and supported them. They never forget what everyone does for them.”

Released back in February, “A Different Life” contains the lead single “Psycho,” which officially premiered on the NEPA Scene Podcast on Nov. 7, 2018 during an interview with Phillips and the band. “Psycho” has since been streamed over 100,000 times on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube combined and even received airplay from NEPA radio stations like 97.9X and Alt 92.1, along with 99 Rock in New Hampshire and Q105.1 in North Dakota. In addition to being 2017 neXt2rock finalists in Los Angeles, they’ve also received Lehigh Valley Music Awards and accolades from hometown press like The Morning Call.

This recent spike in sales was also generated the old fashioned way – from direct sales following memorable, high-energy live performances. ADD seems to make new fans wherever they play, including a tour with former Hinder vocalist Austin John Winkler and opening slots for Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Fuel, Winery Dogs, Saving Abel, Trapt, Sponge, Sammy Hagar, and Puddle of Mudd.

Initially formed as a classic rock cover band in 2010, Another Day Dawns eventually became an original modern hard rock/alternative rock act and hit their stride in 2017 with their first single, “Love She’s After,” and a finalized lineup consisting of singer Dakota Sean, guitarist Tyler Ritter, drummer Nick McGeehan, and bassist Livi Dillon. As they get ready to tour with Buckcherry in July, expect their fan base and industry buzz to continue to grow, especially considering they just proved that an unsigned group can still sell albums in 2019.

“This is when we need you the most – keep sharing and listening to our music and purchase the EP on our website and help us climb the charts!” Sean told his Facebook followers. “Things are happening!”

See NEPA Scene’s photos of Another Day Dawns opening for Sponge in Scranton back in March here and learn more about them in an in-depth interview with the whole band in Episode 82 of the NEPA Scene Podcast:

Lead photo by Cyrus Entezam