Sleeping Jesus
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Sleeping Jesus

Winona, MN | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Winona, MN | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Band Rock Indie


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"Local Frames: This week's 5 must-see Minnesota music videos"

"Nick Elstad's voice is a dreamweaver. The Winona musician rasps a breath above a whisper in his band Sleeping Jesus' new song "California at Dawn," which was released Saturday as the first single from the band's April 1 EP Perennial." - City Pages


"As a writer for several music magazines and websites over the years, I am not against album reviews, but I think they only serve when people "need" to hear something. "Perennial," the four-song EP from Sleeping Jesus, is a stunning example of this. Marrying relaxed vocals with music from a year you cannot quite place results in a match up that gives the album a quality incomparable to the band's contemporaries." - Seven Magazine

"The Current Music Exchange Contest"

Your votes are giving Minnesota acts ZULUZULUU and SLEEPING JESUS an extra push beyond the border! They'll play Nov. 12 at the Good Will in Winnipeg and Nov. 10 at the 7th St. Entry in Minneapolis with two to-be-announced Manitoba-based groups. - The Current

"Minnesota Live Show Review"

"Sleeping Jesus represented Winona, Minnesota in the next slot, nearly packing the Entry with their soft, mellow rock. Aside from back-up vocalist Leah Nystuen, frontman Nick Elstad is the only person you’ll hear on Sleeping Jesus recordings, as he writes, performs, records, and mixes it himself. Ross Nixon, Tyler Steinley, Chris Wehr, and Nystuen round out the band live". - The Current


Still working on that hot first release.



Sunny, hazy, and a bit burnt out, born from a city with a fetish for folk rock, Sleeping Jesus rises from the ashes crafting slick, lush, and dreamy indie rock gems. Lyrics of love, lust, and escapism dance across a kaleidoscope of sound as a jesus like figure hypnotically sways across the stage. Sleeping Jesus is, in every essence, the foreplay of indie rock. In their six month existence, they have played with some of the nation’s finest indie sweethearts, The Staves, Night Moves, Haley Bonar, Day Wave, and EZTV, to name a few.

The release of the single, California At Dawn, has brought the band through the midwest. California At Dawn has been featured on MPR's The Current, whom the band just won a Local Music Exchange contest with, where they will be featured on two showcases at First Avenue's Seventh Street Entry and in Winnipeg, Canada. Sleeping Jesus has performed live at Daytrotter Studios and Radio K in Minneapolis. The band will make their Main Room debut at First Avenue on January 18, after being chosen as one of the best new bands of 2016.

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