On Friday night New Jersey rockers New Day Dawn celebrated the release of their new CD Rise Above This with a show at the Lower East Side venue Drom. The special performance included a cameo from bassist John Moyor (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob).
With friends and family members in attendance to show their support New Day Dawn kicked off their 1 hour high energy set with a short, catchy tune friendly enough to fit into a radio station’s playlist. Before going into their second song, "Life Impossible", front-woman Dawn Botti commented that some things in life might seem impossible, but you have got to give them a try anyways. Great advice we all should follow.
The fourth song in the set, "Follow", was a number off their first album released in 2008, The Company We Keep. This song was the first song of the night that got really stretched out with some impressive guitar playing from PJ Angeloni and Dawn’s gifted vocal range. The next song to follow, "Beyond Blue", was sincerely dedicated to ex bassist Cory Baker. He played with Dawn in her previous band Slushpuppy (who received major airplay with local radio stations and sold out area venues) early in the 00’s before committing suicide.
Dawn put down the guitar for a moment and sat down at the piano on stage to perform and sing this number. It was a touching and heartfelt moment during the set that was shared between us all.
"You Are My Everything" was next on the setlist and while in mid-song the band riffed into a small sample of Journey’s "Don’t Stop Believing" before going back into their song. It was a nice surprise for us 80’s rock fans and provided a perfect tease of the next song to follow.
“Without her I wouldn’t have wanted to be a singer,” commented Dawn before they broke into an exciting and rocking version of Pat Benatar’s song "Heartbreaker". Passionate, strong vocals and note for note playing from the band would have definitely gotten the seal of rock approval from Benatar.
One more song was played before the band introduced Mr. Moyer on stage to sit in. Upon taking the stage Dawn presented John with a framed autographed copy of their new cd and thanked him for helping to produce the album (Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down fame also helped produce some tracks on the CD). This was followed with a very personal story from Dawn about how she was faced with a career decision from her boss at NBC; either focus primarily on your job and make music your hobby or else you can’t work here. It was a choice that was always on Dawn’s mind but when confronted with the situation, it was an easy one. She was NOT giving up music!
"Whatever It Takes" was a song that showed off Mr. Moyer’s bass fingering skills and it was clear that he was having a great time rocking with the band. Often times Dawn would slide over to be shoulder to shoulder with him as they rocked out. After an enthusiastic applause New Day Dawn wasn’t about to let us leave without jamming out on one more song for the night. This time it was a cover of "Whole Lotta Love" by rock gods Led Zeppelin. Dawn put down the guitar to assume the vocal duties and while her hair isn’t as long and blond as Mr. Plant’s her voice and stage presence throughout the song could have given him a run for his money. It was an excellent cover and a fitting way to close out a celebratory night.
Keep your eyes open for the next time they play in the area and don’t miss them! To find out more info about the band log onto the band's official website.