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Christa Fletcher
Date
July 31, 2013
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Dear Dakota

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Sorry, Dakota, but these guys are going strong! Named in defiance of their ex-drummer’s girlfriend’s lack of faith in the band, Dear Dakota’s retribution comes in the form of success and fans. Channel One News got an intimate account of the Gainesville, Florida-based band’s exploits over the past year — complete with how they got started and their favorite song — in a funny, five way phone call.

And, what did we discover? Not only does Dear Dakota know how to have a good time, they also know how to collaborate when writing songs for their debut album Sink or Swim. “Every [member]┬áplays an instrument, which helps them write music,” said guitarist James Patrick. “That’s one thing that I enjoy.” He added, “There’s a lot of talent and we have each others’ backs.”

Guitarist Mike Gray began playing at 11. “Originally I wanted to be a drummer,” he said in an email, “but then my parents tenderly explained to me that drums were loud, expensive, took up a lot of space, and most importantly, drummers got the least amount of cred next to the bassist. Needless to say, I picked up a guitar and haven’t looked back since.”

Obviously, inspiration comes in many forms for this quintet. Tyler Cole began playing bass at 15. “I sat on my bed with tab music and I learned to play and sing every Blink 182 song,” said Tyler.

Zane’s vocals were first inspired by Journey’s greatest hits and the epic nature of Disney movie soundtracks (he told us with a laugh). “They’re triumphant,” he said. “Like you could climb a mountain.”

Speaking of metaphors… Tyler’s favorite Dear Dakota song happens to be “Sunrise.” “I’m super proud of it.” He explained, “every element of the song has a taste of each of us.”

Check out other Dear Dakota tracks, the band’s interview with Channel One and a slideshow of fun facts and pictures below!

 

Hello Anybody


What Happened to You


This is Not a Threat


 

 

 

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Meet the Band

James "Jamey" Patrick - Guitar
Mike Gray - Guitar
Zane Bezesky - Vocals
Eric Millsaps - Drums
Tyler Cole - Bass/Vocals

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Current Home: Gainesville, Florida

Most Notable Gig: The Gator Growl show with more than 40, 000 spectators

Band Timeline: One Year

Claim to Fame: Alternative Press Magazine's Top Six Unsigned Bands (Issue 248)

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Influences:

Journey
Incubus
Taking Back Sunday
Anberlin
Jimmy Eat World
Foo Fighters
The Police
Queen

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"Ode To An Ex" Lyrics

Whoa...
take it back to the way it used to be
Cause when you're in my arms
Life's not so empty
I should have told you the truth when
That's all of me you were askin'
Please forgive me baby
Please forgive me
But you don't
You just turn your back and
I cant believe I let this happen
I'd scream your name
with my last breath
I bleed my heart till there's nothing left
And now I pray to the stars and say
Whoa... take it back to the way it used to be
Cause when you're in my arms
Life's not so empty
I should have told you the truth when
You caught me when I was falling
Please forgive me baby
Don't regret me
I told you
It's not like it was when
We were young and not yet so broken
Shattered pieces on the ground
That he can fix he don't know how
I paint myself
In shades of black and gray
It feels like home
Since you walked away
Whoa... take it back to the way it used to be
Cause when you're in my arms
Life's not so empty
Your trains left
While I'm still here
As you move on
I disappear
(Why cant you.. come back to me.. and I'll show that.. I have changed..)
(Why can't you... come back to me... I guess I changed a little to late)
Whoa... take it back to the way it used to be
Cause when you're in my arms
Life's not so empty

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"Hello Anybody" Lyrics

I have two hands, two feet, five fingers, on each like you, like you ....
I don't complete a thing I
set out, to do like you, like you
And now I'm waiting ....
Here for you ....
My hands are shaking....
SCREAMING OUT MY EYES ....
And I say....
Hello! Hello!
Is anybody listening to me screaming? ....
Cause I need, I need help, from you!
Hello! Hello!
Is anybody listening cause I need some help now
Hello! Hello! Hello!
So tell me what you want me to be ....
Just tell me you want me
Show me what you need me to see ....
Show me all of me
Hello, hello. Is anyone listening to me, cause I need help
I'm going, down in, flames and I can't remember just how the pain felt ....
And I say!....
Hello! Hello!
Is anybody listening to me screaming? ....
Cause I need, I need help, from you!
Hello! Hello!
Is anybody listening cause I need some help now
Hello! Hello! Hello!

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