Don't Wake Aislin is
a Dallas, TX rock band that has been together since 2004. DWA is
widely known for their unique sound, including a female singer
whose vocals range from breathtakingly beautiful melodies to raw
screaming, and their powerful, high-energy live performances.
The band has gotten much attention over the past 6 years, as
they have played hundreds of shows and have an extremely devoted
fanbase, sometimes playing to crowds of over 2500 people. Their
energetic live shows and the versatility of their music quickly
gained the band a strong following from the beginning.
In March 2006, they released their first EP, "Hope". In 2007,
Don't Wake Aislin showcased during the SXSW music conference in
Austin, TX. They've also performed shows at the Cornerstone
Festival in Bushnell, IL, where they received incredible
feedback and gained fans from across the nation.
DWA was again a Label Showcase band at the 2008 Cornerstone
Festival, drawing one of the largest crowds of any indie band at
the festival and attracting the interest of several record
The band has recently added a new guitarist and bass player and
has been playing shows. The latest from the band "Everyone Has a
Story" released in 2009 independently. By:
Sound Guy WUMC
On October 26th, 2011
Shock, intrigue and controversy arose during the final minutes
filming WAR of ROCK in Dallas when Tom Stokes read the wrong bands
name as winner... “It was late and a long night and I #&@%ed up” Tom
The sheet of paper
handed to Tom was just “The list of all bands” and the points were
off to the side He glanced down and saw 1.
Don't Wake Aislin
Love Stricken Demiseso on
… Without divulging the spread of points, to the side “ Had Tom
looked” was the WINNER by a few points “Don't Wake Aislin”.
The members of
understood and were very
gracious to bow out. ( Could you image being announced the winner
and then 30 seconds later saying no I am sorry you’re not ) through
it all however there was a heated moment between Tom and Adakain
management, which we understand but did not appreciate as again it
was a mistake. Instead of just blowing off the situation and
focusing on Don't Wake Aislin Tom sought a fast solution.
The solution thought
would be great to have two winners for Dallas since it was so close.
This way everyone WINS right? Well that sounds like a good plan,
even Don't Wake Aislin was supportive around the derision to have
two winners. Tom stated: "Looking back now and after much
disapproval from within the camp it wasn't a good idea and I should
have paid better attention"
“ Tom Stokes,the MC / coordinator of the night , then came onstage
to announce the winner. Three bands were called onto the stage -
Love Stricken Demise, Adakain, and Midnight Empire. Tom said that
even though all three bands were very close in the judges' scoring,
there could be only one winner, and that winner was Adakain. Several
minutes later an announcement was made that there had been a mistake
- Don't Wake Aislin was the real winner! There was much confusion in
the air at this point. Finally it was announced that there would be
two winners for the Dallas War of Rock, both Don't Wake Aislin and
Adakain. Mr. Stokes declared that he wrote the rules, therefore he
could change them. It was also announced that a new city, Fort
Worth, would be added to this region's competition, and that all
were welcome to compete again. Special recognition was given to
Order 204, the youngest competitors this night.
Jill Jackson, Dallas Live Music Examiner.com “ http://www.examiner.com/live-music-in-dallas/war-of-rock-dallas
After two months of
talking within the WAR of ROCK Camp it has been decided that the
rules are the rules. Greg Ingram is the Co-Creator of WAR of ROCK
and although He agrees there was a mistake made. It would further be
a mistake if they allowed Adakain to share the spotlight without
including the other bands.
“Yes it sucks but to be fair if Don't
Wake Aislin and Adakain were both winners then Love Stricken Demise
and Midnight Empire would be winners with Don't Wake Aislin and
Adakain, this of course cannot happen. Unfortunately there can only
be one winner and we are going to stick to the rules and bylaws set
down and agreed upon back in August when we started the project”
Since the Dallas Episode
WAR of ROCK have installed “Safe Guards” for the future and will
verify the winner before announcing the winner LIVE. We want to
extend our apologies to the band Adakain and we know this will not
stop them from being successful in the future. We also extend the
invitation to them to join WAR of ROCK for the Fort Worth Show
slated for Mid February 2012. We welcome any feedback please send to
Brittany email below.