Dayseeker is an American post-hardcore band from Orange County, California. The band is currently signed to Spinefarm Records. To date, the band has released four albums: What It Means To Be Defeated in 2013, which was re-released a year later; Origin in 2015, which was also reissued in 2016; Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising in 2017; and Sleeptalk in 2019.

Background information
OriginOrange County, California
GenresPost-hardcore, metalcore
Years active2012–present
LabelsSpinefarm, InVogue
Associated actsArms Like Yours
MembersRory Rodriguez
Gino Sgambelluri
Ramone Valerio
Shawn Yates
Mike Karle
Past membersAndrew Sharp
Matt Steenstra
Alex Polk


Formation and debut album What It Means to Be DefeatedEdit

Dayseeker was formed in 2012 by vocalist Rory Rodriguez, guitarists Alex Polk and Gino Sgambelluri, bassist Andrew Sharp and drummer Mike Karle in Orange near San Diego, California. Rory Rodriguez and Alex Polk were members in a band called Arms Like Yours before forming Dayseeker.

The band released a series of demos including the songs "What It Means to Be Defeated", "Collision.Survive" and "Resurrect", which were released on their debut record as well as two untitled songs.[1] On July 7, 2013, the band was signed to inVogue Records, which released their debut album What It Means to Be Defeated on October 29, 2013.[2][3] It featured work by Joey Sturgis, who mastered the record.[4] On November 24, 2014 the album was re-released.[5] Tom Denney, a former guitarist of A Day to Remember was involved in producing the re-released version of the album. The re-issue features three acoustic tracks.[6]

In November and December 2013 the band toured the United States on a three-week tour alongside Kingdom of Giants.[7] In April and May 2014 the band was part of the Artery Across the Nation Tour, which featured Upon This Dawning and The Browning in the line-up.[8]


In January 2015 the band announced they were to begin recording the follow-up to their debut album What It Means to Be Defeated with producer Nick Ingram, who had worked with Hotel Books and Before Their Eyes in the past.[9][10] On March 9, 2015, it was announced that the album was entitled Origin and would be released on April 21, 2015. The same day the same-titled lead single as well as the pre-orders were announced, the band released a cover of Nick Jonas' song "Jealous".[10][11]

On December 23, 2014, the band announced they would be being part on the Hawthorne Heights tour between March and April 2015.[12] After that tour the band will share stage with Silent Planet in April and May 2015 to promote Origin.[13]

Departure from InVogue and Dreaming Is Sinking / Waking Is RisingEdit

Members Alex Polk and Andrew Sharp departed from the band and in spring of 2016. Shawn Yates, former member of At the Skylines, served as the new guitarist. On December 15, 2016, the band announced their departure from InVogue Records and that they had signed with Spinefarm Records. Shortly after, they announced a US tour with headliner Silent Planet, along with Ghost Key and Hail the Sun, which began in February 2017. A year after the release of Origin, Dayseeker announced a new full-length album set to release in 2017.[14] The album, Dreaming Is Sinking / Waking Is Rising, was released by Spinefarm on July 14, 2017.[15]


Current line-up

  • Rory Rodriguez - lead vocals (2012–present)
  • Gino Sgambelluri - guitar (2012–present)
  • Mike Karle - drums (2012–present)
  • Ramone Valerio - bass (2017–present)

Past members

  • Andrew Sharp - bass (2012-2016)
  • Alex Polk - guitar (2012-2016)
  • Shawn Yates - guitar (2016-2018)



List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
What It Means to Be Defeated
  • Released: April 21, 2015
  • Label: InVogue
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising[15]
  • Released: July 14, 2017
  • Label: Spinefarm
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Released: September 27, 2019
  • Label: Spinefarm
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download


Year Song Album Artist
2012 "XXIX" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Isolations I, of Helix[17]
2014 "Afterglow" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Ground Culture Kingdom of Giants[18]
"Dark Waters" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Prima Spectre EP Black Hand[19]
2015 "Earthbreaker" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Decay EP At Mourning's End[20]
2016 "Wolf Creek" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Munen EP Cathedral Hills[21]
"Brother's Blood" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) I Will Become Convictions[22]
2017 "I Feel Fire" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Pathways Softspoken[23]
"Your Erroneous Evil" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Seeking Light Corrington Wheeler[24]
2018 "Heart & Thorn" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Single Élan Vital[25]
"Resurgence" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Single As We Divide[26]
"Dead Like Me" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Single VRSTY[27]
"The Product of a Bastard" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) World Weary Heritage UK[28]
"Euthanasia" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Colder Than Dark EP Saving Vice[29]
"Hopeless Kids" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Hopeless Kids EP Made By Past[30]
2019 "Lamenting Memories" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Single Illusion of Solace[31]
"Sunn" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Erase // Rewrite InGhosts[32]
"Validation" (feat. Rory Rodriguez) Single Mirror Lake[33]


  1. ^ Steve Alcala: Minds Equal Blown: Dayseeker – Untitled EP Review
  2. ^ Kriston McConnell: Under the Gun Review: Dayseeker sign to InVogue Records, stream new song Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Michele Bird: Alternative Press: Dayseeker stream new album, 'What It Means To Be Defeated'
  4. ^ Allmusic: DAYSEEKER | What It Means to Be Defeated | Credits
  5. ^ Tyler Sharp: Alternative Press: Dayseeker (InVogue Records) to re-release ‘What It Means To Be Defeated’
  6. ^ Dayseeker Re-Releasing "What It Means To Be Defeated" As Deluxe Edition On 11/24
  7. ^ Lambgoat: Adestria, Kingdom of Giants, Dayseeker tour
  8. ^ Matt Crane: Alternative Press: Upon This Dawning announce U.S. headlining tour
  9. ^ Jeanette Hernandez: MUSE Local Artist: M.U.S.E. Local Artist: Orange County Rock Band Dayseeker Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ a b Dan Harr: Musicnews Nashville: Dayseeker Releasing New LP 'Origin' on April 21 Archived 2015-04-02 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Tyler Sharp: Alternative Press: Dayseeker (InVogue Records) announce new album, stream Nick Jonas cover
  12. ^ Hayley Hoyle: Infectious Magazine: Hawthorne Heights Announces Acoustic Tour
  13. ^ Tyler Sharp: Alternative Press: Silent Planet to perform 'The Night God Slept' in full on spring headlining tour
  14. ^ Spinefarm Records: Spinefarm Records Welcomes Dayseeker To The Roster
  15. ^ a b "Dreaming Is Sinking / Waking Is Rising by Dayseeker on Apple Music". Apple Inc. Retrieved July 14, 2017.
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