The Waking Hours began officially in April of 1991 when Tom returned from living in the UK. Inspired by a combination of Madchester, Shoegaze, C64, and the early 80's New Romantic movement, the lineup of Tom Richards and drummer Rob Clark was solidified by David Moore on bass.
The first live show was at the appropriately named Hole in the Wall, in Richmond, VA on June 21st of '91. The first demo, "December Sun" was recorded by fall of that year and contained six songs: "Look Inside", "What You Don't Know", "Betwixt and Between", "Money and Other Things", "All My Life" and "Breaking Down Again", and "Nothing To Hide". The tunes were good, and we got a bunch of positive reviews, but one reviewer nailed it on the head when they stated that "it sounds like it was recorded through a bad AM radio" :)
Summer of '92 saw the release of "Hope Springs Eternal", another EP casette release that featured rerecordings of a few tunes from the "December Sun" EP. "What You Don't Know", "I'm Falling Down", "Betwixt and Between", "We Threw It All Away", "Tragedy", "December Sun".
"What You Don't Know/I'm Falling Down" 45 was released in the US on Brilliant Records, in the UK on Imperial and in Spain on Elefant. "December Sun" saw release on compilation CDs in Europe and Japan. The band played a bunch of shows in 92, and even received single of the week in CMJ.
The band toured the UK in March of 93, and bassist David Moore left in summer of that year to pursue the running of his label, Brilliant records which featured such Richmond VA acts as Schwa and Fudge.
In early 94 Scott Richards, who had played with Tom and Rob before David Moore, rejoined the group and they recorded an unreleased follow up to "Hope Springs Eternal". The track listing for the songs included: "No Friend of Mine", "My Guiding Star", "Younger Days", "These Days Are Not So Bright", "Miracle of Love", "Nothing To Hide", "Breaking Down Again", and "Life Goes On".
In summer of 94 "The Bedroom EP" was released in Spain on Elefant records - the EP marks the final entry in what could be considered "The Early Years" era of The Waking Hours. The EP included "My Guiding Star", "Nothing To Hide", "Breaking Down Again" and the original demo of "Out of My Mind" which would resurface 5 years later on The Waking Hours major label Timebomb Records release. Edit this biography