Sleeping In
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Sleeping In

Burlington, Vermont, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Burlington, Vermont, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Rock Shoegaze


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"EP PREMIERE: Sleeping In’s “S/T”"

Depending on who you are, Sleeping In might be a bright hope in 2015 or a couple of Vermont guys that showed up a bit late to the endlessly-moping shoegaze revival.

I mean, tardiness is kinda understandable…Burlington’s a pretty hellish commute to anywhere with less than six feet of snow.

But in an age where Title Fight’s making the Warped Tour crowd look up Souvlaki and no one considers you “cool” or “a brooding demigod” anymore for falling in love with Loveless at the tender age of 15 (high school me would be devastated), there’s still plenty to be said for Sleeping In’s debut effort. Where some nu-gaze bands would just daisy chain every distortion pedal they could find and force Nyquil on their singer, Sleeping In arrive with focus for their angst. Opener “Big Starr” absolutely towers with heavily layered vocals atop shorting guitar work, while lead single “Sink In Yr Skin” is actually kinda buoyant in its catchy misery. In four songs, Sleeping In sublimate undoubtable years of red-eyed night drives and amp destruction into a thoughtfully constructed, promising monument to weird sleep patterns.

The EP is premiering with us below and will be officially out next week. Sleeping In is currently planning a summer tour following an appearance with Titus Andronicus and Delicate Steve at the Waking Windows Festival in May. - Tim Gagnon

"Sleeping In"

When Burlington's Sleeping In premiered their self-titled EP on Boston-based music blog Allston Pudding, writer Tim Gagnon posited that the band could be perceived as "a couple of Vermont guys that showed up a bit late to the endlessly moping shoegaze revival." However, in light of a new crop of listeners being introduced to no wave and post-punk by Kim Gordon's popular memoir chronicling Sonic Youth, not to mention noisy bands like Speedy Ortiz getting press in Rolling Stone, one could argue that Sleeping In are arriving right on time.

Sleeping In are a relatively new band, formed in summer 2014. But they are already crafting their identity. While buried vocals make lyrical themes tough to suss out, the band exudes an overall bummer attitude. Some of the only discernible lyrics on the album are in the song "Worn," in which the phrase "You wear me out / You wear me down" is sung with telling repetition, conveying a sense of exhaustion. The band proliferates this image online, posting comments that encourage folks to make their playlists "sleepier," and whining on their Bandcamp bio, "We want naps."

The band cites vintage shoegazers HUM as an influence, and is dead-on with the layered guitars played by JT Day, Mason Dixon and Adam Wolinsky. Like fellow three-plus guitar band Diarrhea Planet, Sleeping In have found varying and balanced tones that help them avoid cacophony.

Recorded with Burlington producer Zach Crawford of SkySplitterInk Productions, the four-song EP is more about an overall sound than about specifics. From the first song, "Big Starr," and across the album, guitar soloing is aimed at serving the melody and mood more than showing off individual chops. Lyrics are barely audible, but they probably aren't they point anyway. The whole sound is greater than the sum of its parts.

The dirge-y "Worn" lulls listeners with a hypnotizing flanging effect, then rings the alarm with a series of tight hits that could be building to a heavy jam but instead cuts the song unexpectedly, and enticingly, short. In "Sink in Yr Skin," the group stays consistent with more fuzz and far-away vocals, but flirts with a pop-rock melody. And the final track, "Wouldn't Mind," is a heavy hitter led by drummer Jordan Sticker and backed by Lorna Dielentheis' steady bass playing.

Maybe arriving late to the shoegaze throwback party is part of the sleepy, slacker vibe of Sleeping In, and maybe the brevity of this release is, too — as soon as you get a good stare going, the music is over. But if the self-proclaimed "sleepy boys" have mastered one thing, it's the art of quitting while they're ahead and leaving listeners wanting more.

Sleeping In perform at oak45 in Winooski on Saturday, May 2, as part of Waking Windows 5. The band's self-titled EP is available for digital download on iTunes and - Kristen Ravin


Still working on that hot first release.



Drawing influences from bands such as Hum, Dinosaur Jr, and everything Mark Kozelek has ever done, Sleeping In have been bringing their guitar heavy shoegaze all around New England since the summer of 2014. Based in Burlington VT, Sleeping In's sound drones and pulsates with crushing guitar tones and laconic vocal melodies.

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