"the rumble of Grinderman, the freakiness of Amazing Baby and the psych hellishness of Black Mountain" NME
"This lot flip between freakouts and desolation blues like a cross between Jefferson Airplane and Dead Meadow" Uncut
Open Eyes is the first single from the forthcoming Sleepy Sun sophomore album, Fever (released May 17th in Europe, Japan and Australia and June 1st in the US).
This digital only EP is out today and includes two other tracks recorded live at ATP: The Fans Strike Back in the UK in 2009. ‘Sleepy Son’ from the band's first album, Embrace and Fleetwood Mac cover ‘The Chain’ were recorded by Toybox and mixed by Gareth Jones (who mixed Grizzly Bear’s ‘Veckatimest’ and Mogwai’s ‘The Hawk Is Howling’ amongst many others).
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Open Eyes will also appear on a special ATP 10” sampler for Record Store Day on April 17th.
Sleepy Sun is a California band from many Californias. They hail from the rolling oak and sage hills of Sierra Gold Country, The San Francisco Peninsula, where Kesey raged and the Dead were once Warlocks, and the forever-sunshine climes of the Southland. They came together—young and garage strutting in the coastal Northern California crucible of Santa Cruz. And there they birthed the Sleepy sound—dead blues shaken alive, razor sharp and ramblin’, soul, sonic science and dead-on pop surgery. Wooden, earthy, stratospheric, and swinging…California music of beautiful contrasts for conflicted times.
Now, two records into a frighteningly fast-blossoming evolution, Sleepy Sun are a living machine of fire and focus. Their first release on ATP records Embrace illuminated the golden path to Sleepy land—hard-riffing, delicate, dreamy and cultivated. The latest ATP release, Fever, is arrival at the palace the path promised.
A band working, and a working band—Sleepy Sun’s soaring and soul-stirring live shows are already mowing down audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. They’ve opened for Autolux and Mudhoney, rocked Primavera and Treasure Island, and relentlessly toured the capitals and humble hamlets of North America and Europe. And in their path, the converts are fast becoming legion.
They are a band of musical adventure too—tackling Graham Nash’s ‘Chicago’ for a forthcoming compilation celebrating the Hollie/CSNY legend’s work. English electronic collective U.N.K.L.E. have taken note of Sleepy Sun’s eclectic energies as well, working collaboratively on a track with the band for an upcoming single and LP.
Sleepy Sun won’t relent in 2010. Fever in May and currently touring with the Arctic Monkeys. And as always, a hundred twists yet untold in a message—sent with burning love and rock-solid soul—from California to the whole damn beyond….
Here are some newly confirmed US and Canadian tour dates:
4/11 - The Pageant - St Louis, MO w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/10 - Al's Bar - Lexington, KY
4/12 - Liberty Hall - Lawrence, KS w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/13 - Cain’s Ballroom - Tulsa, OK w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/15 - Marquee Theater - Tempe, AZ w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/16 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV w/ Arctic Monkeys
4/23 - Pitzer College Kohoutek Music & Arts Festival - Claremont, CA
4/24 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
6/11 - Lincoln Lounge - Reno, NV
6/12 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
6/13 - Hi Dive Club - Denver, CO
6/15 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
6/16 - Off Broadway Night Club - St Louis, MO
6/17 - Summit Club - Columbus, OH
6/18 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
6/19 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
6/21 - Il Motore - Montreal, QC
6/22 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
6/23 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI w/ Rodriguez
6/24 - Double Door - Chicago, IL
6/25 - The Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
6/26 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
6/27 - Aquarium (6pm Early Show All Ages) - Fargo, ND w/ Deerhoof
6/27 - Aquarium (11:30pm 21+ Show) - Fargo, ND
6/28 - Royal Albert Hotel - Winnipeg, MB w/ Black Mountain
6/29 - Amigo’s - Saskatoon, SK
6/30 - Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB
7/1 - Sled Island Festival at Palomino - Calgary, AB
7/3 - The Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
7/4 - Logan’s Pub - Victoria, BC
7/6 - Chop Suey - Seattle, WA w/ Sleepy Eyes of Death
7/7 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR