Sleeping Kings of Iona
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Sleeping Kings of Iona

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The best kept secret in music


"Top Local Band Concert"

Sleeping Kings Of Iona, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, June 20

This still-young Buffalo band logged some serious road miles this year, along the way bringing an increasing amount of electronic influence to bear on its dreamy art-pop. At this show, the band opened for new wave legends Blondie and turned in an inspired set.
- Buffalo News, Jeff Miers

"Sleeping Kings sleep no more!"

Buffalo's own Sleeping Kings Of Iona are on the leading edge of modern indie-electronica and space-rock, and remain a must-see in local clubs.

The band seemed to have slipped off the radar in recent months, but no worries - the group has undergone an amicable lineup change, and has been bunkered in the recording studio, banging some new music into shape for a forthcoming full-length release.

Hear a few of these tripped-out works in progress here -

- Buffalo News, Jeff Miers

"Sleeping Kings of Iona"

If there ¡s a Buffalo band that has quietly captured sparkling accolades and a rabid following in the last year, it is undoubtedly Sleeping Kings of Iona. The group has done this by working beyond the structure and accepted context of the typical "rock" band. With their inventive and challenging sound, they have eschewed mainstream rock and pop histrionics. The band creates a dynamic music laden with dreamy soundscapes, intersection of guitars both quiet and crashing along with a penchant for experimentation. All of this has drawn Iona comparisons to a Buffalo-originated collective that came more than a decade before them, the internationally lauded Mercury Rev. Iona's music also recalls the heralded sonic adventures of groups like Sigur Ros and Mogwai (the latter being a band with whom they have recently shared a bill) Sleeping Kings of Iona makes its own rules, whether its spending months in the studio tweaking and tinkering with a forth-coming full-length or playing all electronic sets using keyboards and drum machines exclusively. - Donny Kutzbach, Artvoice


Faith EP - self released on Mesmer Music (2003)

Woods of Sharp Teeth LP - self released on Mesmer Music (2004)

Under a Mountain LP - b-sides and remixes, self released on Mesmer Music (2004)

We Found a Love In the Streets But It Was Not Ours LP - released on Harvest Sum and Mesmer Music (9/16/2005)


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We are a 4-piece electronic avant-pop band from Buffalo, NY. We mix complex programming with live instrumentation, such as bass, drums, xylophone, melodica, random percussion and the occasional guitar. We released our first full length in 2005 entitled "We Found a Love In the Streets But It Was Not Ours" on local label/collective Harvest Sum.

Since the release of this record we have consistently played and gained rapid followings in New York, Philadelphia, and especially Toronto, where we have played such venues as The Drake Hotel, Sneaky Dee's, and the Boat. We have also taken part in the city's 2006 NXNE festivities and the Pitter Patter Music Festival of this past spring.

We have played with many great bands such as Mogwai, the Rapture, Prefuse 73, the Books, Dosh, Skeletons and the Kings of all Cities, Blondie, the Lymbyc System, Relay, Growing, Calla, Mono, the Bravery, and many more.

We are currently working on the follow-up to our 2005 release and have found ourselves taking on an eclectic, upbeat pop sound; still beautiful and still pushing things forward.