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The Sleeping Revolt


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"Revolution Ready to Strike"

North Jersey has recently become the epicenter for great indie/alternative music. In keeping with this attribute, a five piece local band out of Wayne, NJ, are making vast strides towards the mainstream level. To help promote the release of their new CD, Nightmares, The Sleeping Revolt will be holding a CD release party on April 21st at Maxwell's in Hoboken. This will be the band's first release since 2006.

The Sleeping Revolt feature Chris Ricci (vocals), Brian Neil (guitar/vocals), Ian Stafford (guitar/vocals), Andy Bookstaver (bass/vocals), and Mike Scardino (drums). Since their formation in 2004, the band has seen the release of three previous albums. In 2004 their first LP, The Conscious Spin, created a definite buzz which increased their fanbase and was enough to inspire a following EP, Random Acts of Silence.

After the success of their second album, the band was signed to Jacknife Records. Upon joining Jacknife, the band produced their Indie Label EP release in 2006 called III. Recently, the band parted ways with Jacknife and they're now independtly releasing the seven-track EP, Nightmares, on April 21st at their CD Release party. Their new sounds along with a raucous crows should make for a very exciting night.

- Rich Mendez - East Coast Rocker Magazine (The Aquarian)

"The Sleeping Revolt's Story"

The Sleeping Revolt: you may have seen them play at the Pub this past week, or perhaps at a local party. So who are these guys? Where did the come from? Lead singer, Chris Ricci, took a few moments after their show at the Pub to tell the band's story.

The formation, Ricci said, began when he and Brian Neil, guitarist, finally had the opportunity to get together and write some music. For years, the two admired each other's musical talents, but had been in different bands. Their opportunity to collaborate came when, coincidentally, their respective bands broke up around the same time.

"We would get together every Thursday night with, no lie, a case of beer and a bottle of jack," Ricci said. "We would listen back to the stuff the following morning and, although most of it was drunken shit, we found a few really great things to work with."

After a few weeks, the two had some raw material they were sure could be great songs. It was time to find other musicians they could continue to write their music with. "I called on my bass player in my old band…one of my best friends, Mike Threlfall," Ricci explained. As for a second guitar player, Neil invited his friend John Rohrbeck to play.

The last thing the band needed was a drummer.

One night, the band heard about the music store Guitar Center having a drum-off. "We go there to meet this dude that answered one of our ads," Ricci explained. "Turns out this dude was like 40 years old, so needless to say, that was a no-go."
But the night at Guitar Center wasn't entirely a waste. "As we're ready to leave, we hear this kid beating the shit out of the drums--Matt Taylor."

The coalescent band didn't hesitate approaching the talented drummer. "You want to be in a band?"

No questions asked, Taylor said, "Sure."

With everything in place, the band now needed a name. "I had a song that I called, 'The Sleeping Revolt,'" Ricci said, explaining that it wasn't one of their best. The band ultimately decided to ditch the song, but thought the name was good enough to keep as the band name.

And so was the beginning of The Sleeping Revolt.

The band went to work, putting together a ten song effort, which Ricci described as "confused" and "not well-thought-out." Despite the band's minor disappointment with their recordings, they managed to interest a few audience members. Gaining a few fans was enough to spur them into the creation of another record.

This time the band knew they had to either get serious or give it up. Most of the band was ready to take it up a notch, but Rohrbeck wasn't so sure. Playing the guitar was a passion, but he was also pursuing a teaching career in the band's off-time. When the off-time became less and less, Rohrbeck couldn't dedicate himself to both the band and his budding career, and so he and the band said their goodbyes.
Then came Ian Stanford, "one of the most creative players I've known to date," Ricci said.

"For the first time, no disrespect to [Rohrbeck], things started to click," Ricci added. The band began work on their second recording effort, "Random Acts of Silence." "We didn't have the money to go into a big studio and record it," Ricci recalled, so he and the band decided to invest in some of their own recording equipment and do the project themselves.

Ricci confessed that out of the six songs, three were great and the other three mediocre. "We were starting to find our sound though, due in part to the fact that we weren't getting shit-faced every night."

About 6 months later, the band decided to put together an EP. "It was the best three songs we had recorded so far," Ricci said. "We pressed it for really cheap and went back out to play a ton more shows." The EP was called "III."

After the production of "III," the band noticed their audiences getting larger-more people were enjoying their music and buying their CDs. And so, they began playing the local circuit more and more. "It started to get a little tough to balance our careers and our music," the band members commented
Just as the band tasted this little bit of success, they faced yet another turbulent time. Threlfall decided to call it quits and went on to work in finance. "He was one of the main song-writers, so when he went, it was a bit of an adjustment to say the least," Ricci said.

Seeing their friend and songwriter leave was the beginning of the band's troubles as they not only lost a band member, but a practice space as well. The band, until then, had been practicing in the basement of an RV dealership owned by Threlfall's father.

"Try finding a monthly practice space in NJ, its like looking for a leprechaun. They don't exist." The band faced growing popularity with nowhere to practice and nowhere to work on new material. With Threlfall gone, the band was missing a bass player, and Taylor announced that he would also be leaving the band after the tour. Times were looking grim for the group.
Many bass players auditioned, but - The Vector "The Voice of NJIT"


The Conscious Spin (LP)- March 2004
Random Acts of Silence (EP)- January 2005
III (Short EP)- August 2006
Nightmares (Long EP)- Coming April 21st, 2007

Music for Troops Compilation CD ~ Vol. 2
"For Tomorrow - The Sleeping Revolt"

The Sleeping Revolt can currently be heard on:
Montclair State College Radio - 80.3FM WMSC Underground,
UpStream Internet Radio,
William Paterson College Radio - 88.7FM WPSC "Nikki Nova and the Illumination Station"
KSHU Radio in Arcata, California
Humboldt University Radio., 90.5

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004-1009

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Pittsburgh, PA 15205

Pittsburgh's Lite Rock 92.9 WLTJ Radio
Pittsburgh, Pa. 15222

Aliquippa, PA 15001-1381

WHTZ -100.3, Z100
New York, NY 10150

STAR 99.1 FM Radio
Zarephath, NJ 08890

St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Tampa, FL. 33611

St. Petersburg, FL 33716

Great Country Broadcasting
Bishop, CA 93515

The BIG 96.5 KBKO
Bakersfield, CA 93309


Indie 103.1 / Entravision
Los Angeles, CA 90036

PMB 376, Visalia, CA, 93277

Davis, CA 95616

Palm Desert, California 92260

amarillo, TX

San Antonio, TX 78201-2024

Austin, Texas 78746

Kingdon Keys Network
Amarillo, Texas 79109

The Blaze
Tyler Tx, 75703

KAZI 88.7 FM
Austin, Texas 78754-4541

Waco, TX 76710

KBDE 89.9 FM
Waco TX 76710

Waco, Texas 76712

Arlington, TX 76011

93.9 KCRN
San Angelo, Texas 76903

Dallas, TX 75240

KHOY 88.1 FM
Laredo, Texas 78043

Arab, AL 35016
Huntsville, AL 35815-4184

Homewood, AL 35209

105.5 The Vulcan
Birmingham, AL 35209

Birmingham, 35203

KIX 96 Country
Florence, AL 35630

Clear Channel Tuscaloosa Studio
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Tallahassee, FL 32303

Atlanta, GA 30309

WBTS 95.5 The Beat
Atlanta, GA 30309

All The Hits Q100 - WWWQ
Atlanta, GA 30342

98.1 The Bull
Lexington, Kentucky 40509

Kevil, KY 42053

WGBF 103.1 FM
Evansville, IN 47714

92.9 The Bear
Lexington, KY 40507

Nashville, TN 37203

The New Sound of Q108
Clarksville, TN 37043

Hot 99.5
Rockville, MD 20852

93.1 WPOC
Baltimore, MD 21211

106.9 KHITS
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74136

KKNG 93.3
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73129

Clear Channel Radio
101 K-LAW FM
Lawton, Oklahoma 73501

Texas A&M
KANM Student Radio
College Station, TX 77843-1236

WXYC 89.3 FM
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

WUOG 90.5 FM
Athens, Georgia 30612 USA

Plymouth, NH 03264

KALX Radio
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5650

Rice University
Houston, TX 77005

KVRX Student Radio c/o UT
Austin, Texas 78713-7209

WZBC 90.3 FM
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

West Virginia University

WKDU 91.7 FM
Philadelphia, PA 19104

BSR Radio
Providence, RI 02912

Brooklyn, NY 11235

KPSU Radio
Portland, OR 97207

Amarillo, TX 79178

University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003-9257

WALF 89.7 FM
Alfred, NY 14802

WREK 91.1 FM
Georgia Tech Student Radio
Atlanta, GA 30332-0630

WGTS 91.9
Takoma Park, MD 20912

Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA 17257

WOCG 90.1 FM Radio
Oakwood College
Huntsville, AL 35896

KFCF 88.1fm
Fresno, CA 93744

WXIN Studios
Providence, Rhode Island 02908

KCR College Radio
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182

89.3 KPCC
Southern California Public Radio
Pasadena, CA 91106-2003

WRNU 103.9FM Radio
Newark, NJ 07102

WCWM 90.9 FM
College of W&M
Williamsburg, VA 23186

Mount Vernon, WA 98273

C101.5 fm
Hamilton, ON L8N 3T2

BEREA, OH 44017



The Sleeping Revolt was formed in early 2004 in Wayne, NJ. Their sound has been described as indie/alternative/rock, but with music genres and subgenres being what they are, a definitive sound can only be determined after listening to the music. The band independently released their first LP The Conscious Spin in March of 2004 to much local buzz and received great response. In January they released their second effort, an EP, entitled, "Random Acts of Silence," which, along their live performances, produced fans and attention in the tri-state area. In August of 2006 The Sleeping Revolt released its short EP, "III" on Jacknife Records and will be followed up in April of 2007 with the 7-track EP, "Nightmares", produced by Tom Pisani. The Sleeping Revolt is Chris Ricci/Vocals, Brian Neil/guitar and vocals, Ian Stafford/guitar and vocals, Andy Bookstaver/bass guitar and vocals and Mike Scardino on drums. More information available at

"The new EP has a fresh new sound compared to past records, it's more defined, agressive, and tailored to show all of the members skills and talents at their peaks" ~ Mike Scardino

"The Sleeping Revolt is a band that puts out music they like and go for deeper meanings as opposed to some other music that is out right now" ~ The Beacon WPU

“The Sleeping Revolt, a Wayne, New Jersey, band with some solid intentions to take over the rock alternative universe. With the lastest release of their EP entitled "Nightmares," USA4real believes TSR has what it takes to make it at the next level. A solid label, a tour, and a little marketing will go a long way allowing the suits to sleep well at night with these guys signed to their label.” - USA4Real, Upstream Radio

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