The Sleepyheads

The Sleepyheads

 Manila, National Capital Region, PHL
BandFolkAvant-garde

The Sleepyheads, art gallery showstoppers, are an outsider DIY folk-punk trio whose gritty low-fi sound and tongue-in-cheek lyrics—tackling everything from social alienation to the disillusionment of urban life—often serves as the soundtrack to the art that surrounds them.

Biography

John Jayvee and Erick first met at Trinity College through a common friend. Bonding over a common love for bands like The Velvet Underground, The Talking Heads, The Modern Lovers and The Shaggs, they decided to team up and name their band after Jonathan Richman’s “Wake Up Sleepyheads”. Jayvee and Erick officially formed The Sleepyheads in 2000 and after Rico Entico joined the group in 2009, this m...erry band of ‘art rebels and outsiders’ was finally complete. Eleven rock ‘n’ roll years later, the band continues to stay true to their mission of preserving their raw art-fueled avant-garde approach to their work and proving that “music is universal, rock ‘n’ roll is forever, and that dreams matter.” With three albums under their belt, ‘(Don't Let Our) Tuneless Moaning (Go To Waste)’ (2006), ‘Malnutrition Of Love’ (2010), and 'Avant Garage: Wrecknroll' (2011), the band has not only proven that “dreams matter”, but that dreams can indeed come true.

All three ‘Sleepyheads’ are artists in their own right. Therefore, it is no surprise that the band’s music and performances are driven by a love for art as well as their dedication to the local art community. In fact, The Sleepyheads, often playing in art galleries and exhibitions such as Mo’s Gallery and Silverlens, the band aspires to create music that would serve as “the soundtrack” for the paintings, sculptures, installations and performances of their fellow Filipinos. Their allegiance and love towards the Pinoy creative community is mutual: Legendary artists Louie Cordero, Manuel Ocampo (who also made Beck’s ‘Odelay’ cover) and Roberto Chabet designed the band’s first, second and third album covers, respectively.

Their third album, 'Avant Garage: Wrecknroll' was released in September 2011. The album's cover art was done by Roberto Chabet and curated by Gary Ross Pastrana. Their latest album also comes with a comic book by Louie Cordero. The Sleepyheads also released another album, a live recording, featuring purely raw and low-fi music dedicated to the music of The Modern Lovers, The Shaggs and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Despite being in the industry for over a decade, the band continues to work towards fulfilling their rock ‘n’ roll dream of being “a band that would matter, draw inspiration from their heroes, stay true to their vision, and always play for the love and fun of music.”

Discography

Albums:
1) (Don't Let Our) Tuneless Moaning (Go To Waste)
Date released: 2006
Cover art by Louie Cordero
Strictly DIY: Recorded in bedrooms, living rooms with minimal equipment
Style: Raw, dark, funny, Richman-esque heartbreak songs, ‘bootleg English’
Themes: Reverse-career rebellion, globalization as garage rock, the media,
disillusionment with the modern world, third world issues, poverty
To note: positive reviews, most notably from Filipino artist Roberto Chabet who enjoyed the band’s ‘Dadaist touches with their cut up lyrics’ and calling it ‘dressed down rock.

2) Malnutrition of Love
Date Released: 2010
Cover art by Manuel Ocampo
Style: Darker than the first album, politically incorrect, humorous
Themes: Self-inflicted insanity, parody on the glamour of gloom, defiantly primitive
To note: Artist Manuel Ocampo also painted the inlay of Beck’s ‘Odelay’ album; recorded in a studio in a "just-bash-it-out-and- record-'em" style to capture the band’s frenetic sound; Alex Paita and BJ Esber also played guitars on this album.
3) Avant Garage: Wrecknroll
Date Released: September 17, 2011
Cover art by Roberto Chabet and Gary Ross Pastrana
Style Reflective, mature, madcap music, tongue-in-cheek
Themes: Love, art, pain, life, and rockin’ out

RADIO AIRPLAY:
METAL NOODLE (Album: AVANT GARAGE: WRECKNROLL)
CAMBODIA (Album: AVANT GARAGE: WRECKNROLL)
JUNK, JUNK JEEPNEY (Album: AVANT GARAGE: WRECKNROLL)
I WANT TO LIVE (Album: AVANT GARAGE: WRECKNROLL)
ADDICTION (Album: DON'T LET OUR TUNELESS MOANING GO TO WASTE)

Other releases (DIY cover albums):
Sleepy Lovers (Modern Lovers Tribute Album)
Velvet Underground Tribute Album
Sleepydeads - mix of 80s music