Who Is Minimum Wake?
Minimum Wake is an acoustic music duo that hails from the cypress swamps and ancient hammocks of East Florida, just off the tracks that carry the rumbling FEC on its moonlight travels. We stir a music that drifts beneath the Spanish moss, quivers with the roar of rockets, and settles one to sleep amidst strums of melancholy guitar.
Songwriter/Guitarist Mike Runion, raised on 80's Alternative, conjures the melodies from his acoustic and gives soothing voice to original yarns of love, anger and rivers swollen, intermixed with both classic and forgotten cover songs.
Bassist Art Edwards, raised on classic Country & Western, renders phrases and counter melodies with blues and contemporary influences rounding the ensemble with deep foundation.
OUR ORIGINAL "HITS" include:
Sail Away Sail Away, Something Real, Lie Down In The Station, Mr. Black & Mrs. Feather, Moonshine, How You Broke My Heart (I'll Never Know), Strange New Kind Of Normal, Rope Of Days, Sacrifice, How It Used To Be, Fourth Of July, Wasting Your Time, and Streams of Unconsciousness (Instrumental)
BANDS WE COVER include:
R.E.M., The Cure, Simon & Garfunkel, The Church, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Jason Isbell, Bob Dylan, Wilco, Pearl Jam, The National, Morrissey, Vampire Weekend, The Decemberists, David Bowie, Depeche Mode, White Stripes, Vic Chesnutt, The Smiths, Oasis, The Police, Sinead O'Connor, Leonard Cohen, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, John Prine, Neutral Milk Hotel, Green Day, Mac DeMarco, Rod Stewart, Elton John, James Taylor, Gram Parsons...even The Carter Family
In Memorium: Peter Wells
"Wish you were here...we're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl year after year"
Minimum Wake News
Apart from a few idea sketches, aptly named thing like "New Song No. 2", "Oh Kay Song" and "Pastoral Song", nothing much new on the originals front. Covers though continues to be a different story. I've enamored Art to the joys of R.E.M.'s "Wendell Gee" (1985) and The Decemberists' "Leslie Anne Levine" (2002), the first track off their first record. May try out these two at some upcoming shows. Oh yeah, and Art has another new bass. : ) Also, we have a few private gigs this month (awesome!), including a friend's 25 wedding anniversary drunken blowout, and a company holiday party drunken blowout. "Keep it upbeat!" they say. Wish us luck.
Hope everyone is surviving this recent spat of close-call hurricanes. Good riddance Dorian and Humberto. The new cover slipping into our sets is a nice acoustic version of The Cure classic "Pictures Of You" (1989).
A couple of notable covers have mysteriously slipped into recent sets, including Vampire Weekend's "Harmony Hall" (2019...we can finally claim to play "contemporary" music!)...which sadly is already being used in Choice Hotel commercials even though the song/album just came out in January(!), but I digress...and "Synchronicity II" (1983) from The Police. Super fun to play. The Murdock's crowd voted it a keeper when we debuted it last weekend.
A new song has begun percolating out of the ether...the first of 2019. Currently titled "Silver Screen Smokescreen"...a semi-nod to one of R.E.M.'s last decent songs, "Supernatural Superserious". In fact, Mike thinks it sounds like late-period R.E.M. a bit. Art says it's in 6/8 or 12/8 time...not that Mike would know. Art says the intro sounds like a 16th Century minuet. Mike takes that as a compliment. Another new cover has joined the list...Wilco's "Passenger Side" (1995), after Mike and Julie saw Jeff Tweedy do it back during a solo show in March. Oh yeah...Art bought another bass. : )
We've worked up a few new cover songs, including the Morrissey standard"Everyday Is Like Sunday" (1989) and John Prine's mid-period classic "Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness" (1986). Oh yeah, and this new website. And I'm sure Art bought a new bass and amp since I checked last.
Some more interesting new covers added to the setlist. Art's new favorite is Pink Floyd's "Fearless", from one of our favorite Floyd albums "Meddle" (1970). A super nice chat with a new fan at Murdock's recently got Mike digging deeper into those Athens, GA bands he keeps rambling about, with a decent rendition of Vic Chesnutt's "Gravity Of The Situation" (1995) as a result.
Mike's long writers-block finally broke. Two new originals percolated up out of the void during the summer while he puttered around on a North Carolina mountaintop. "Forks Of Ivy" name-checks a tiny town lost between Asheville and Burnsville, and has a pretty decent groove, with at least one verse inspired by the awesome film Annihilation. Another new song is called "Falling Through Holes", a relationship ditty that somehow blends rebellion, songwriting, modern physics, and the more positive side of nihilistic existentialism. Art says "Eh...what a load of pretentious bulls**t."
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