Sleepy Feet
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Sleepy Feet

Claremont, California, United States | SELF

Claremont, California, United States | SELF
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"Passing By"

Sleepy Feet is a band composed of college students from Pitzer College in L.A. They are mainly a folk, bluegrass, funk town band and have been together since the spring of 2009. They have about five members now. They started playing in the L.A. area last winter and this summer we played all over New York. Davis is the furthest north in California they have played so far.

“We played a lot on campus,” said Nick Morris, the guitarist for the band. “But when we play at other places we see all sorts of people and there’s plenty of older folk jamming along to the music.”

Their sound draws from the country and rock tradition. “People have called us the retarded child of My Morning Jacket, I took that as a compliment because I like that band,” Morris said. - The California Aggie

"Take Off Your Pants at PB&J"

"Take off your pants!” exclaimed the guitarist and singer of Sleepy Feet at the beginning of his set Saturday at PB&J, Pomona's relatively new arts and entertainment space. He then proceeded to take off his pants, seeming to expect everyone in the audience to do the same. There was an awkward silence and a few muffled laughs. Refusing to be embarrassed, the frontman let his pants remain at ankle-level until a fellow band member joined him in the revolution. Soon enough audience members joined in on the de-pantsing.

PB&J, which stands for Photos, Brushes & Jams, was created at Pomona in January 2010 for events, studio rentals, and art displays. Owner Joey Gonzalez said of his decision to found the venue, “The idea is to have a cool spot like this around here, because I grew up around here and there was nothing like this growing up.”

Starting this past Saturday, there are monthly concerts held at PB&J in cooperation with KSPC, the radio station of the 5Cs. After October, there will be a stage at the Aladdin Jr., a next-door restaurant, and at PB&J, so that even more bands can play. “I grew up listening to KSPC… ever since high school, when I got into underground music,” Gonzalez said, elaborating on why he decided to partner with KSPC. Alison Rosenfeld, the Live Music Director of KSPC, explained about the partnership, “We’ve done series in the past, Art After Hours, but we liked doing some off-campus events and we really liked PB&J… PB&J supports the same local music scene that we do, and KSPC actually has a really big local fan base.” KSPC is one of the most popular non-profit radio stations in Southern California, and even has an international fan base... Sleepy Feet, a band composed of students, played and entertained the crowd with their de-pantsing movement. A fun mixture of folk, bluegrass, punk, and rock, their sound carried listeners off to a carefree, lazy summer day. - The Student Life

"Meet Sleepy Feet After Hours: An Interview With Local Pitzer Band"

Sleepy Feet, a band of students from Pitzer College, played at Art After Hours Oct. 13 and has appeared at many other venues this semester. Before and during the show, attendees were able to enjoy snacks and paint their own canvas creations, and I was able to have a unique talk with the band members after their set. The band is made up of Pitzer students Nick Morris ’12 (guitar and lead vocals), Annelise Stabenau ’14 (drums), Scott Hunter ’12 (bass), Dylan Farrel ’12 (guitar), and Will Harris a.k.a. Curly ’12 (banjo and keyboard). Sleepy Feet’s music is a unique blend of folk, bluegrass, punk, and rock. At the Art After Hours event, listeners were moved to dance in the fountain, splashing around, carefree and relaxed, just like Sleepy Feet’s sound.

Sleepy Feet’s Art After Hours performance kicked off a succession of shows. The band has planned a tour with stops in Berkeley, San Francisco, Davis, and Hollywood, from Oct. 13 to 22.

TSL: How did you all meet and decide to form a band?

Scott: Well I fell in love with Dylan, but he broke my heart, so I decided to make music with him instead of making love. And then, we both fell in love with Nick, but Nick made a similar decision, and then it was a domino effect, you know… Will, Annelise, we all fell in love…

TSL: In what year did you fall in love?

Scott: 1914. In wartime, you just really come together with the people around you. No, but the first incarnation of Sleepy Feet was me making Dylan freshman year just play acoustic guitars and then Will played with us sophomore year. Dylan was on drums originally, and then we were just kind of a jam band, and apparently we played a couple of shows sophomore year but we don’t remember them.

TSL: How did you guys come up with the name ‘Sleepy Feet’?

Scott: Me and Nick and Dylan, we used to just kind of sit in a circle and play acoustic guitars, like jam, and then our feet would always fall asleep and then we got "sleepy feet." And then later we found out it’s a foot fetish, um… where like somebody falls asleep, and then… I don’t know, feet get licked and stuff… it's kinda weird. So every time I see someone I don’t know at a show, I figure they were probably a pervert who found us on Google. By accident.

Annelise: Don’t Google "sleepy feet" without the words "music" or "band" or "Pitzer."

Scott: Please do, it will broaden your personal and sexual horizons.

TSL: How do you come up with music? How do you compose your songs?

Scott: I record Nick while he’s sleeping and we just start singing and yodeling... and then occasionally, like, a song comes out.

Annelise: And then we translate it to English, that’s where the three of us come in…

TSL: Who writes the lyrics?

Annelise: I write all the lyrics, and honestly if I were to say out loud how I did it, then suddenly everyone would be doing what I do, and nothing would be secret anymore…

Nick: Dude, she listens to Fox News, that’s all.

Annelise: I watch Fox News, yeah… Scott and Nick and Dylan write the lyrics to the songs that we play. I lied… I watch Fox News, I lied, get it?


TSL: How would you guys describe your music, if you could describe it?

Sleepy Feet: “Deep fried butter—yellow, blue sometimes—popcorn jellybeans—chicken…—CHICKEN!”

TSL: I notice you guys have some upcoming concerts—are you planning on doing more tours?

Scott: We’re getting farther and farther away from Claremont, until eventually we make it to Jupiter, where I hear there’s this sick and obscure venue called The Armpit where we really aspire to play…

TSL: Do you guys think you will stay together after college?

Scott: That’s the idea. I think that’s the idea, hopefully.

Nick: We’re just gonna hug and never let go.

TSL: How did each of you get into playing music in the first place?

Scott: I started pounding on my grandma’s piano when I was just a wee one. And then I started playing guitar, and then I started playing mandolin, and then I started playing banjo, and then eventually I worked my way to the bass, which is what I play for Sleepy Feet now.

Dylan: I play guitar, and I guess I just like started playing music, in school, and I just played guitar one day, and now I’m playing guitar for Sleepy Feet… [Sleepy Feet] is the first real band, the first fun band I’ve played with.

Will a.k.a. Curly: I played keyboard as a kid. I took lessons for a few years, and then I started playing banjo I guess the Halloween of sophomore year when I was dressed as a redneck.

Nick: I took acid and then all of the sudden I could play music.

Annelise: I wanted to play drums, and my parents liked that idea so they let me… when I was around the age of 13.

TSL: For people who are interested, where can people listen to Sleepy Feet?

Scott: http://SLEEPYFEET.BANDCAMP.COM/ Our demo's on there for a name-your-price basis, so you can get it for free, or you can give us money if you feel moved to. - The Student Life

"Monday Night Live: Sleepy Feet"

Monday Night Live 10 to 11p.m. KSPC 88.7 FM Claremont
featuring: Sleepy Feet
starts at around the 1 minute mark - KSPC

"Sleepy Feet"

Sleepy Feet
Hometown: Claremont, CA
Album: Self-Titled (Free)
Label: Unsigned
Sleepy Feet – Saint Septemberine
Sleepy Feet – Take Me Home
Sleepy Feet – Great Ulysses - Rollo & Grady

"Rubik's Groove at Pitzer"

"Sleepy Feet, a Pitzer student band including a drummer, guitarist, violinist, bassist, and banjo player, started off the night with its unique brand of alternative bluegrass-rock."- Ramsey Bernard - The Student Life


Sleepy Feet (Demo) released October 21, 2010
free DL on bandcamp
1.Eskimo Song
2.Plum Cloud
3.Take Me Home

Sleepy Feet (Demo Part II) released December 5, 2010
free DL on bandcamp

Sleepy Feet (Demo Part III) released March 21, 2011
free DL on bandcamp
1.Great Ulysses
2.Saint Septemberine
3.Avocado Farm

'The Devil' (Single) released October 15, 2011

We are in the process of recording many, many more songs.



Sleepy Feet has existed in various forms since 2009. We hail from the Claremont Colleges of Southern California. We play weekly shows in the LA area, and we spent Winter and Summer 2011 playing shows in New York City. In October 2011, we ventured on a mini-tour up the West Coast with profits to boast and great vibes all around. Sleepy Feet was recently featured on the LA music blog, Rollo & Grady and has been interviewed by three college newspapers in the past month. We have aspirations to release cassettes and possibly vinyl, to play as many shows as possible, and hopefully do a tour through the South. We are in the process of making new recordings, but our live shows are where we kill it and have the most fun. After all, it's fun to do things together. Our major inspirations include Scott H. Biram, The Strange Boys, My Morning Jacket, Fidlar, Alex Bleeker and, of course, Woody Guthrie.