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"Waking Up with Sleepers Wake"

"...Their first EP, "The Black & Grey EP," is a unique blend of acoustic and electric sounds that are well-written, well-produced and, at times (due to David's vocal styling), somewhat haunting. One of my listeners sent in an e-mail stating that "they need to submit their music to a show like 'Grey's Anatomy'" and, personally, I feel that he is correct. Telling us that their writing is influenced by "a love of atmospheric music, love, highs, and music itself," their lyrical content reflects all four..." - Danny Coleman (Chorus and Verse Blog-

"Y-ROCK Local Music Reviews"

"Well now this is interesting. Spacey slow dream pop/ indie rock, but unlike many bands of this genre these guys can really play! Dreamy bass fills, multi layered guitar textures, and whispered vocals… Wow!
Sleepers Wake sounds like a combination of The Posies, and Jimmy Eat World. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing… They cover Dumb by Nirvana on this CD but unless you know the lyrics you wouldn’t recognize it, Sleeper’s Wake version is much more quiet spacey and layered with complicated musical progressions than much of anything Nirvana ever did. Kurt would be proud of this one.
BEST TRACKS # 1 “Worth The Wait” (add) , #4 Dumb <Nirvana Cover>, # 2 “I Am You
RATING: 4 of 5" - XPN Y-ROCK

"Unsigned Artist of the Week"

"..Listening to tracks on their Myspace page you are immediately touched by this music. From the tantalizing and tasty vocals of Kris and Andrew to the kicking crisp melodies of the guitar and bass lines; it is a emotional, aesthetic pleasure. Stand out tracks include the acoustic skin tingling “Worth The Wait,” the pensively eloquent “Song That Breaks My Heart,” and the guitar heavy distortion of “Live Forever.”

After years of recording themselves and playing a handful of shows in New Jersey dive bars, Sleepers Wake entered the studio in late 2008 to record their first official EP, titled The Black And Grey EP. It’s slated for release in the Fall of 2009.

Check out the band on Myspace and catch a live performance at “SEG Presents” at East Village bar Angels & Kings Nov 4." - Eat Sleep Breathe Music

"Song of the Day- "song that breaks my heart""

"Today’s SOTD is 'Song That Breaks My Heart' by Sleepers Wake, the Unsigned Artist of the Week. Check out Sleepers Wake on myspace where you can listen to 6 additional songs including an awesomely different rendition of Nirvana’s 'Dumb'." - Eat Sleep Breathe Music

"Artist Feature on Music Newsletter"

"Beautiful, touching lyrics and soothing piano and drumbeats come together to form Sleepers Wake, an eerily calming alternative indie rock band. This quartet from New Jersey is influenced by the likes of atmospheric musician Sigur Ros and by empowering pop music like that of Coldplay.

Active on the New York City indie venue music scene, Sleepers Wake has only recently fully come together and is now just releasing their EP. Some songs are mellower, while others have powerful guitar riffs and a higher level of energy.

All in all, Kris' powerhouse voice comes together with Dillon's guitar/keys, little brother And's bass, and Mantis' drumming and you've got a fresh faced, out to inspire the world quartet sure to be on the airwaves soon.
Songs we recommend you listen to: 'The Young Muse', 'New Beginnings', and 'Worth the Wait'." -


'new beginnings' single- spring 2009
'black & grey' e.p.- autumn 2009



sleepers wake is a quartet of young gentlemen from Princeton, New Jersey. The group was formed in 2004 when childhood friends Kris David and Dillon Swol began writing songs together on acoustic guitars. While this started off innocently enough, the pair soon found themselves over their heads in some of the most beautiful music ever created. Realizing that their songs were too good not to be heard by the world, they enlisted the services of Kevin DeStefano, an incredibly talented drummer, whom the band affectionately refer to as "mantis." DeStefano's unique, passionate drumming style added a new dimension to David and Swol's impeccably written tunes, and soon a new sound began to form. Drawing on their love of atmospheric music, like Sigur Ros and Explosions in the Sky, as well as a soft spot for well written pop rock, like Flickerstick and Coldplay, the trio crafted a sound that was completely their own. The songs were ethereal and beautiful, but also conveyed an explosive energy. And of course, they were catchy as all hell. So much so, in fact, that they caught the ear of musical renaissance man, and Kris's younger brother, Andrew David. Known to the band simply as 'And', the mysterious prodigy's addition, on bass, saw the final piece of this beautiful puzzle finally set in place. After entering the studio in late 2008 to record their first e.p. (a dark and mysterious collection of songs appropriately titled the "black & grey e.p."), the group took their moving live show to the streets of New York City. Now building up momentum on the New York music scene, with regular gigs at indie hotspots Arlene's Grocery and the Living Room, sleepers wake is poised to take their unique and beautiful sound to the next level, and is slowly waking the world, one new fan at a time.