Thursday 7th February 2013 - New Californian shows announced
Newly confirmed shows:
5/1/2013 San Francisco CA The Chapel
5/2/2013 Fresno CA Audie's Olympic
5/3/2013 San Diego CA Casbah
5/4/2013 Los Angeles CA Satellite
5/5/2013 Santa Ana CA Psycho de Mayo Fest @ Yost Theater
Tuesday 18th December 2012 - First Australian tour announced
Sleepy Sun have announced our first ever Australian visit for this February. Here are the dates...
Saturday 16th Feb: Melbourne @ All Tomorrows Parties Festival
Monday 18th Feb: Melbourne @ The Hi Fi - w/ Crime & the City Solution
Tuesday 19th Feb: Perth @ Perth Arts Festival
Thursday 21st Feb: Sydney @ Hi Fi Bar - w/ Crime & the City Solution
Friday 22nd Feb: Adelaide @ Fowlers Live
Sunday 24th Feb: Brisbane @ The Hi Fi - w/ Crime & the City Solution
Wednesday 29th August 2012 - New Tour Edition of Spine Hits released!
Sleepy Sun announce Spine Hits Expanded Tour Edition,
with free ‘Live in Vancouver’ album
- European Tour dates approaching! -
Earlier this Summer, Sleepy Sun completed a full European tour in support of their fantastic third album ‘Spine Hits’, taking in ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror festival and both the Primavera festivals in Spain and Portugal.
For their return visit this September (see below for full schedule), today ATP release a special edition of ‘Spine Hits’ that will come with a free download of a newly released performance entitled ‘Live In Vancouver’. The live set captures their unrivaled live show in it's full glory - recorded at Vancouver's Biltmore Cabaret earlier this year - and is available now via Amazon, iTunes, the band's Store, or the ATP Store (UK).
No strangers to the open road Sleepy Sun are a rambling band - a certifiably vagabond unit that have built quite a reputation among American and European audiences as fine-tuned, ironclad locomotive and candy sweet heavy pop machine. In doing so catching the attention of Arctic Monkeys, Black Angels, and Low Anthem who have all personally asked them to join them on their own continental drifting jaunts.
Sleepy Sun: Live In Vancouver Tracklisting:
1. Martyr’s Mantra
2. She Rex
3. Wild Machines
4. Siouxsie Blaqq
6. Desert God
7. Stivey Pond
8. Boat Trip
9. New Age
12. Sandstorm Woman
Full September/October tour dates (click links for tickets):
08-SEPT - STAD ALS PODIUM FESTIVAL, HAARLEM (NL) - Link
09-SEPT - BESTIVAL, ISLE OF WIGHT (UK) - Link
10-SEPT - HARE AND HOUNDS, BIRMINGHAM (UK) - Link
11-SEPT - THE KAZIMIER, LIVERPOOL (UK) - Link
12-SEPT - GARAGE, LONDON (UK) – Link
13-SEPT - INCUBATE FESTIVAL, TILBURG (NL) - Link
14-SEPT - LEFFINGELEUREN FESTIVAL, LEFFINGE (UK) - Link
15-SEPT - TAKE ROOT FESTIVAL, GRONINGEN (NL) - Link
16-SEPT - EL DORADO FESTIVAL, PARIS (FR)
17-SEPT – KIFF, AARAU (GER) - Link
18-SEPT - ATOMIC CAFE, MUNCHEN (GER) - Link
19-SEPT - CHELSEA, VIENNA (AT) – Link
20-SEPT - GRAMMATIKOFF, DUISBURG (GER) - Link
21-SEPT - BEATPOL, DRESDEN (GER) - Link
22-SEPT - REEPERBAHN FESTIVAL, HAMBURG (GER) - Link
23-SEPT - ROTER SALON, BERLIN (GER) - Link
26-SEPT - BERGEN KJOTT, BERGEN (NOR) - Link
27-SEPT - JOHN DEE, OSLO (NOR) - Link
28-SEPT - PUSTERVIK, GOTEBORG (SWE) - Link
29-SEPT - STRAND, STOCKHOLM (SWE) - Link
30-SEPT - LOPPEN, COPENHAGEN (DK) - Link
01-OCT - PARADISO, AMSTERDAM (NL) - Link
Monday 6th August 2012 - New Daytrotter session released!
Out today at Daytrotter.com is a brand new four track session from ATP/R's Sleepy Sun. It was recorded just before their latest album Spine Hits was released in a semi-acoustic format. Check it out here!
Monday 2nd July 2012 - European tour confirmed for September/October
New shows just confirmed:
08-Sept - Stad Als Podium Festival, Haarlem (Nl)
09-Sept - Bestival, Isle Of Wight (Uk)
10-Sept - Hare And Hounds, Birmingham (Uk)
11-Sept - The Kazimier, Liverpool (Uk)
12-Sept - Garage, London (Uk) W/ Howlin Rain
13-Sept - Incubate Festival, Tilburg (Nl)
14-Sept - Leffingeleuren Festival, Leffinge (Uk)
15-Sept - Take Root Festival, Groningen (Nl)
16-Sept - El Dorado Festival, Paris (Fr)
17-Sept - Kiff, Aaarau (CH)
18-Sept - Atomic Cafe, Munchen (Ger)
19-Sept - Chelsea, Vienna (At)
20-Sept - Grammatikoff, Duisburg (Ger)
21-Sept - Beatpol, Dresden (Ger)
22-Sept - Reeperbahn Festival, Hamburg (Ger)
23-Sept - Roter Salon, Berlin (Ger)
26-Sept - Bergen Kjott, Bergen (Nor)
27-Sept - John Dee, Oslo (Nor)
28-Sept - Pustervik, Goteborg (Swe)
29-Sept - Strand, Stockholm (Swe)
30-Sept - Loppen, Copenhagen (Dk)
01-Oct - Paradiso, Amsterdam (Nl)
Tuesday 15th May 2012 - More shows with Dandy Warhols confirmed
New shows just confirmed, all with The Dandy Warhols:
6/15/2012 Vancouver BC Commodore Ballroom
6/16/2012 Portland OR Doug Fir Lounge
6/17/2012 Seattle WA Showbox at the Market
Tuesday 1st May 2012 - New Dates in California confirmed
New shows just confirmed:
5/17/2012 Los Angeles CA The Wiltern (with The Dandy Warhols)
6/20/2012 Visalia CA The Cellar Door
6/21/2012 Los Angeles CA Nomad Art Gallery
6/22/2012 Pioneertown CA Pappy & Harriets Place
6/23/2012 Pomona CA Moon Block Party at Downtown Pomona Arts Colony
Tuesday 10th April 2012 - NEW ALBUM SPINE HITS OUT NOW!
The new album Spine Hits is out this week on CD / LP (with download) / Digital Download!
* If you're in the USA, you can buy via The End Records...
* If you're somewhere in the rest of the world you can buy via ATP Recordings...
* The album is also available as a Digital Download via most popular Digital stores such as iTunes or Emusic.
Don't forget you can hear the new album in full and read a track by track description from the band exclusively via Clash - click here to check it out!
Tuesday 3rd April 2012 - Hear the new album / read Track by Track!
Today you can hear the new album 'Spine Hits' and read a track by track from the band exclusively via Clash - click here to check it out!
Wednesday 21st March 2012 - Free San Francisco album launch announced
Today the band have announced a free in-store show to launch the album at the legendary Amoeba Music, San Francisco. The show takes place at 6pm on the 3rd April and the new CD/LP will be available to buy early for this event only.
Tuesday 13th March 2012 - Additional U.S., Canadian & European shows
More shows in the USA, Canada and Europe have been added to the band's extensive tour schedule in the next few months, see the Tour page for the full listing.
February 28th 2012 - Download/stream the first track from Spine Hits!
Today we release the first taster for the forthcoming new album Spine Hits. Make sure to download and share with your friends!
February 17th 2012 - SXSW appearances + London festival show confirmed
The band have confirmed a number of new dates this week including a series of SXSW performances, a show in New York with The War On Drugs and an appearance at the London I'll Be Your Mirror event alongside The Afghan Whigs, The Make-Up and many more...
Mar 14 - Buffalo Billiards (Ache showcase), Austin, TX
Mar 15 - Spider House (Psych Fest Party), Austin, TX
Mar 15 - Bat Bar (Leafy Green SXSW showcase), Austin, TX
Mar 16 - Red Eye Fly (Noise Pop Party), Austin, TX
Mar 16 - Spider House, Austin, TX
Mar 17 - The Road Map, Texarkana, AR
Apr 8 - Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY w/ The War On Drugs
May 27 - Alexandra Palace, London w/ The Afghan Whigs + many more
February 9th 2012 - Studio Footage & US Tour confirmed for April!
Check out some fantastic studio footage, with Dave Catching & Ethan Allen at Rancho de la Luna and Hicksville Trailer Park in Joshua Tree, CA in December 2011. This was the recording session for Spine Hits, available April 9th, 2012.
The band have now confirmed the following U.S. shows for April when the new album Spine Hits will be released - all shows except the first date in Columbia are with White Hills. Tickets are on sale from this week.
6-APR Columbia MO, Mojo's*
9-APR Brooklyn NY, Glasslands Gallery
10-APR New York NY, Mercury Lounge
11-APR Philadelphia PA, North Star Bar
12-APR Boston MA, Church of Boston
13-APR Burlington VT, Monkey House
14-APR Montreal QC, Casa del Popolo
15-APR Toronto ON, Horseshoe Tavern
16-APR Buffalo NY, Mohawk Place
17-APR Cleveland OH, Beachland Tavern
18-APR Cincinnati OH, MOTR Pub
19-APR Detroit MI, Majestic Garden Bowl
20-APR Chicago IL, Subterranean
21-APR St Louis MO, Off Broadway Night Club
22-APR Oklahoma City OK, The Conservatory
24-APR Austin TX, Mohawk Austin
25-APR Houston TX, Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts
26-APR New Orleans LA, Siberia
27-APR Atlanta GA, The 529
28-APR Raleigh NC, Kings Barcade
29-APR Washington DC, DC 9
February 3rd 2012 - European shows confirmed for May-June!
The band have confirmed the following European shows for this May and June including performances at the Primavera festivals in both Barcelona and Porto:
23-MAY - Vera, Groningen (NL) - Tickets
24-MAY - Berghain Kantine, Berlin (GER) - Tickets
25-MAY - Molotow, Hamburg (GER) - Tickets
26-MAY - Le Guess Who? Summer Day, Utrecht (NL) - Tickets
28-MAY - Trix, Antwerp (B) - Tickets
29-MAY - Het Depot, Leuven (B) - Tickets
30-MAY - Grand Mix, Tourcoing (FR) - Tickets
02-JUN - PrimaveraSound, Barcelona (ES) - Tickets
04-JUN - Spazio 211, Turino (FR) - Tickets
05-JUN - Rote Fabrik, Zurich (CH) - Tickets
06-JUN - Dachstock, Bern (CH) - Tickets
09-JUN - PrimaveraSound, Porto (POR) - Tickets
January 12th 2012 - Third album from SLEEPY SUN - 'Spine Hits'
Out 9/10 April 2012 & Announce U.S. Tour including dates with Crystal Antlers
"Earth-quaking riffage in such carefully measured, perfectly spaced-out rations." - Pitchfork
"Sleepy Sun are at their best when they revel in both light and dark, unleashing throatily riffing guitars to disrupt pastoral interludes." - NME
"Brings LSD's dark side to the hippies, layering head- pummeling Black Sabbath metal and head-tripping Flaming Lips psychedelia on top of Fleet Foxes folk." - Spin
"While their sound evokes another time (and intensely altered states of being), it's their flair for strangeness (in the form of massive basslines, syncopated percussion) that has their rabid fan base screaming." - Esquire
The highly anticipated third album from Sleepy Sun, 'Spine Hits' will be released on April 9 in Europe via ATP Recordings and April 10 in the USA via The End Records.
The album was produced by Dave Catching, Ethan Allen & Sleepy Sun, and mixed by Ethan Allen & Jim Watts. All songs were recorded at Hicksville Trailer Park & Rancho De la Luna in December 2011, except Track 8 "Still Breathing", recorded at Louder Studios, San Francisco in May 2010 by Tim Green.
Sleepy Sun - Spine Hits - Biography 2012 by Charles Saufley
The band of brothers known far and wide as Sleepy Sun don't sit still for long. Though they remain real and spiritual citizens of the Northern California hive that birthed the band in the latter half of the last decade, Sleepy Sun is a rambling band- a certifiably vagabond unit that built a reputation among American and European audiences as fine-tuned, ironclad locomotive and candy sweet heavy pop machine. Barnstorming the Great Plains....stealing afternoons from the unsuspecting on the European festival-go-round...hooking the uninitiated opening for the Arctic Monkeys, Black Angels, and Low Anthem, they've done yeoman's work, sparked the party, and made the music sound young again.
Sleepy Sun's miles, months, and days in the van are a tangible presence in Spine Hits, an LP of whimsy, restlessness, and urgency that leaps nimbly from landscape to landscape with ease, irreverence, and a catch-em-before-they-ain't changeling nature. For the most part, the sprawling Zeppelin-esque epics that defined much of Embrace and Fever have been traded in for a potent pop-compact framework. But never at the expense of the dodging, juking, and downshifting instincts that set their older long form pieces apart from a thousand other psychedelic drone warriors.
Recorded under the big skies of the California high desert with Queens of Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal alumnus Dave Catching, the jams on Spine Hits are alternatingly precision whittled and moodily muscular. Matt Holliman and Evan Reiss' guitars adroitly move from steamroller heavy to beachside airy and bouncing to interstellar- tinkering with texture and dynamics like never before. Vocalist Bret Constantino sings with a road-toughened, husky soul yowl and hush that occasionally betrays a society-weary frustration but more often hints at a way out. The rhythm section of drummer Brian Tice and Jack Allen is a super-cohesive, tricky, and tough-as-hell unit that keeps the Sleepy train on track as it teeters, creeps and runs wild across the land.
To any seasoned Sleepy Sun listener the new destinations will be surprises and revelations. "V.O.G." hints at a backstage conspiracy hatched on the Arctic Monkeys tour- buoyant and tight as a wire. "Boat Trip" moseys with a Lou Reed offhandedness- a postcard from Brian Wilson's forgotten vacation with the Velvets. "Still Breathing" is an elegiac nod to the band's early alignment with the Verve's dreamworlds.
For Sleepy spotters that came to love the band in its most massively rocking incarnations, there are the slow burns- "Stivey Pond" a sinister, stalking, and tender lurching beast bearing down on the subject of its obsession. And "Lioness (Requiem)" - a drifting, drowsy, late night lost in contemplation, dawn nowhere in sight.
Spine Hits isn't a portrait of a band in a moment. It's a box of snapshots spilled on the floor and blowing in the wind...left behind by a band that can't stop moving, but remembers what they left behind in a thousand colors.
03/07 Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium
03/08 Los Angeles, CA - Echo*
03/09 Flagstaff, AZ - Monte Vista Lounge
03/10 Scottsdale - AZ - The Rogue Bar*
03/11 Santa Fe, NM - VFW Hall *
03/12 El Paso TX Low Brow Palace*
03/13 San Antonio TX The Korvoa Basement *
03/18 Dallas, TX Club Dada - BRO FEST *
03/20 Kansas City, MO - Record Bar
03/21 Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
03/22 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
03/23 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
03/24 Reno, NV - St. James Infirmary w/ The Soft White Sixties
* w/ Crystal Antlers