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Highly Anticipated: Sleepy Sun’s New Album

Photo Cred: Amy Harrity

Sleepy Sun have shared the video for their first single “Seaquest” on Relix. Prior to this video, Sleepy Sun also released the single “Crave”. Both tracks will be featured on the forthcoming album Private Tales out 6/9 via Dine Alone Records. In anticipation for the upcoming album, be sure to get in contact with Sleepy Sun and tell them your secrets… your stories… your private tales at +1 415-646-6705. The band also recently had their promo photos taken by Amy Harrity. You can watch a video montage below:

 

When talking about the video for “Seaquest,” Sleepy Sun guitarist Matt Holliman states:

‘Seaquest’ brought the band together with longtime media collaborator Brandon Moore. As with most of our videos, we pretty much give the director free reign and encourage their interpretation of the song. It was a bit of struggle to get the sailboat in the Bay, as bad weather canceled one date, and nearly threatened another. But we held out on the 2nd attempt, and Brandon was able to capture some incredible footage of the Golden Gate, with the Bay nearly completely clear of activity. Secondary shooting would find us nearly freezing to capture the underwater shots. Also: swimming with sunglasses takes a little practice.

Sleepy Sun Tour Dates:
5/25/2017 Santa Cruz, CA @The Catalyst
5/26/2017 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
5/27/2017 Los Angeles, CA @The Hi Hat
7/21/2017 – Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
7/22/2017 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse w/ Mr. Elevator
7/23/2017 – Tucson, AZ @ Congress
7/25/2017 – Dallas, TX @ Club DaDa
7/26/2017 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
7/27/2017 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow
7/28/2017 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar w/ Froth
7/30/2017 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
8/1/2017 – Boise, ID @ Nuerolux
8/2/2017 – Portland, OR @ Liquor Store
8/3/2017 – Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt
8/4/2017 – Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
8/5/2017 – Klamath Falls, OR @ Gino’s

If there’s one thing we can all agree on in these dark, deeply uncertain days, it’s humanity’s latent desire to unplug from it all—to put our smartphones down, survey our immediate surroundings, and let the sweeter things in life rise to the surface.

Sleepy Sun gets it. Now five albums and more than a decade into making their own elusive brand of bold rock music, the Bay Area band isn’t interested in flooding our synapses with far too many ideas on their new LP, Private Tales. They’d rather let a grander vision unfold over time, rewarding anyone with the willingness to wait it out, to actually listen.

“When I hear Private Tales,” says guitarist Evan Reiss, “I appreciate the spaciousness that is left for the listener. I like music that gives them an opportunity to breathe, as opposed to jamming ideas into someone’s ears at all times.”

That approach is clear from the very beginning, a sustained drone casting a spell of clean synth tones, monk-like melodies, muted flutes, and riffs that ring out in the distance. It’s as if Sleepy Sun’s core quartet (Reiss, fellow guitarist Matt Holliman, frontman Bret Constantino, and drummer Brian Tice) decided to apply the album’s brakes before they even got out of the driveway.

If only things were that simple. The glassy psych grooves of “Prodigal Vampire” eventually give way to the life aquatic licks of “Seaquest,” a song that actually sounds like it’s sailing straight towards the sun. Meanwhile, “When the Morning Comes” and “Crave” take the group down an entirely different path—one that’s lined with thorny hooks and chaotic thunderclaps, as influenced by Swans as it is by Thin Lizzy.

Confused yet? Good.

“I always, always loved how no one knew what to make of us,” says Tice.

“That means we’re doing our job!” adds Reiss.

Or as Constantino puts it, “Creating original work is the most difficult part of writing anything. Often during the process, you think, ‘Oh man, that sounds like The Stones,’ or ‘that lyric is way too literal or cliche’. I’ve found the less you pay attention to that critical voice and concentrate on what you’re hearing in your head, you end up subconsciously reinterpreting everything you’ve ever heard or seen.”

It helps to have a strong supporting cast, of course, including bassists Jack Allen and Owen Kelley, who held the low end down on this LP. The boys were also backed by two incredible singers throughout the album’s two recording sessions: the New Pornographers’ Kathryn Calder and Whitehorn Singers’ Hannah Moriah. Colin Stewart also reprised the producer/engineering role he played on Sleepy Sun’s breakthrough records, Embrace and Fever.

“Colin is our main man,” says Reiss. “He ate more than 20 burritos while we were recording Private Tales, and believed in us throughout this two-year process. I cannot thank him enough.”

“I am certain this record could not have been made without his support and sacrifices,” adds Constantino. “There were times where he was the only person who believed we had it in us. He has a wonderful ability to bring out the honest truth in the musicians he works with. There’s no one I’d rather record with.”

Well, no one except the rest of Sleepy Sun, a tight-knit crew that kept its creative process going despite Constantino’s decision to move to Texas during the making of Private Tales. (The band exchanged home recordings over email and fleshed songs out in the studio over the course of two trying years.)

“This is the longest relationship I’ve had outside of my family,” says Constantino. “We’ve grown an incredible amount individually over the last 10 years, as has the ‘Sleepy Sun sound’. This record, in particular, was the most difficult to make, by far, mainly for logistical reasons.”

“Playing music with this group is second nature to me,” adds Reiss. “Being in a band for more than a decade allows for an almost telepathic creative relationship. The hard part is finding the time to ‘get in and let go’.”

Mission = accomplished.

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Video: Communist Daughter – “Hold Back”

 

PRE-ORDER THE ALBUM HERE

“The song has notes of The New Pornographers, and the harmonies during the hook are heavenly. A pretty voice over a grimy guitar? Yeah. That’s good.” – USA Today

…soothing on a surface level, like latter-day Yo La Tengo…the subject matter is much deeper and darker” – Stereogum

A few years ago, Johnny Solomon was a fixture in the tight knit Twin Cities music scene, forming the angular indie pop band Friends Like These and touring extensively, receiving critical praise from far-flung sources that looked like the beginning of a promising career. The rising success masked his struggle with addiction and mental health problems and quickly eclipsed his career, landing him in jail and treatment facilities across the country.  By the end of that whirlwind, he retreated to a small town across the border in Wisconsin where he assumed his music days were over.

However, when he moved out of the city, his demons followed him and he spent his nights writing and recording what he thought would be his eulogy: songs about lost love and lost chances, He recruited some friends to come out and put it all to tape. Calling his new band Communist Daughter, they released their debut album Soundtrack to the End in 2010.  As they gained national attention, Johnny once again had to put it all on hold and checked himself in to rehab.

In 2012, Communist Daughter returned with a clear-eyed John, his now-wife Molly Solomon, bassist Adam Switlick, Steven Yasgar on drums, Al Weirs on guitar and Dillon Marchus on keys.  They released an EP, Lions & Lambs, and began touring the country again and gaining national attention.

By 2014, they had entered the studio to spend the next two years crafting their sophomore release. Working with producer Kevin Bowe (Replacements, Meat Puppets), they recorded in and out of studios trying to capture the deeply personal songs in a much more deliberate style.  Going from studio to bedroom to studio again, they created an album with 11 songs running the gambit from high peaks to dark lows. They took the finished tracks to Nashville where Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) put the final mix together, and had Heba Kadry (Future Islands, And You Will Know Us…) master the final product in NYC.

And now, here we are — celebrating the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album The Cracks That Built the Wall. Check out the video below for their track, “Hold Back”.

 

Tour Dates:

11/7 Lexington KY – The Burl
11/8 Madison – The Frequency
11/9 Iowa City – Yacht Club
11/10 UW Platteville – Platteville, WI
11/11 Minneapolis – First Avenue

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UPDATE for B.O.M.B. Fest

Citing strong early ticket sales for the 3rd Annual Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B. Fest) B.O.M.B. Fest has outgrown it’s original site and is proud to announce its move to The Comcast Theatre in Hartford, CT.

The festival marks the first time that The Comcast Theatre has hosted a non-profit event, and never one as unique as B.O.M.B. Fest. Organized by Frank Bombaci, Sr. and Frank Bombaci, Jr., B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 brings together some of the biggest names in hip-hop, alternative and indie rock, with all proceeds from the festival going to providing music scholarships, music enrichment and education
programs, music and healing initiatives and community support and outreach. Last year’s festival raised money for The Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, Connecticut Children’s Hospital, YPI Camp, and The Lyman Allyn Museum.

In addition to national talent, festival guests will experience more than over 25 local acts across multiple stages, delicious food vendors, unique craft vendors and one-of a kind art installations, all complemented by Comcast Theatre’s professional amenities – clean bathrooms, spacious parking lots and state of the art sound systems.

Two-day passes are $99 and are currently available via the official festival website. Advance single-day tickets are also on sale now at $60 via www.bombfest.com. A short ride from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia, and more, B.O.M.B. Fest remains the East Coast’s most readily accessible music festival. Stay tuned for new announcements about the festival, including the festival’s local line-up, as well as onsite details shortly.

SATURDAY, May 28
Weezer, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Best
Coast, HEALTH, Titus Andronicus, RJD2, Wavves, EOTO, The Cool Kids, Dan Deacon,
The Felice Brothers, ESKMO, Real Estate, Woods, Free Energy, Roots of Creation,
David Wax Museum, Turbo Fruits

SUNDAY, May 29
Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Coheed and Cambria, Against Me!,
Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience, Neon Trees, The New
Pornographers, State Radio, Dam-Funk, Dum Dum Girls, Man Man, Holy F**k,
Portugal. The Man, Freelance Whales, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Daedelus, 12th
Planet, Nosaj Thing, Toubab Krewe, Big Freedia, Christine Ohlman & Rebel
Montez, The Hood Internet, Small Black, River City Extension, Walk the
Moon

The Comcast Theatre is located at 61 Savitt Way,
Hartford, CT 06120.

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2011 B.O.M.B. Fest!

The 3rd Annual Bring Our Music Back Festival (B.O.M.B. Fest) is back and bigger than ever! Bring Our Music Back, Inc. along with Frank Bombaci, Sr. and Frank Bombaci, Jr. are proud to announce the diverse group of artists that has been assembled for 2011. Watch the lineup announcement HERE. For the first time, this year’s festival, taking place over Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-29), will be at the Festival Grounds of B.O.M.B. Fest’s new site partner, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT — a short train ride from New York City, Boston, Providence and Philadelphia.  Tickets go on sale via BombFest.com at 6 a.m. EST on March 4th.
 
B.O.M.B. Fest 2011 has assembled its most ambitious lineup to date, bringing together some of the best names in hip-hop, alternative and indie rock, giving the East Coast its own premiere music festival. The price for two-day passes will cost $109. Official festival website can be found at www.bombfest.com.
 
All proceeds from the festival will benefit Bring Our Music Back, Inc. which is committed to providing music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives and community support and outreach. In addition, one of this year’s charitable initiatives includes the creation of an Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund at Western Connecticut State University.
 
2011 B.O.M.B. Fest Lineup:
Weezer     
Snoop Dogg
Wiz Khalifa
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Coheed And Cambria
Neon Trees
State Radio
George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic
The New Pornographers
Shpongle presents The Shpongletron Experience 
Against Me!
Best Coast
HEALTH
RJD2
Titus Andronicus
The Cool Kids
Wavves
EOTO
Portugal. The Man
Man Man
Dum Dum Girls
The Felice Brothers
Dam-Funk
Freelance Whales
Holy Fuck
Daedelus
Quintron and Miss Pussycat
Dan Deacon
12th Planet
Free Energy
Woods
Real Estate 
Nosaj Thing
The Hood Internet
Toubab Krewe
ESKMO    
Small Black
River City Extension
Big Freedia
David Wax Museum 
Roots of Creation
Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Walk the Moon
Also featuring more than 25 local artists!
 
About Bring Our Music Back, Inc.:
BRING OUR MUSIC BACK, INC. is dedicated to the enrichment of life through music. Our mission is to support burgeoning musical talent, programs and services in our communities by fostering the artistic development of youth preserving music as a viable art form. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is all about MUSIC WITH PURPOSE! Some of the enrichment initiatives championed by Bring Our Music Back, Inc. include artist mentorships and music scholarships, music enrichment and education programs, music and healing initiatives, community support and music awareness and community and cultural outreach. Bring Our Music Back, Inc. is proud to support music therapy programs with the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Hospice of Connecticut.
www.bringourmusicback.org

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Upcoming Shows

Tuesday, October 19th

The New Pornographers  and Tokyo Police Club – 8:00 @ Diesel

Friday, October 22nd

An Evening with Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers) with special guest Craig Wedren (Shudder To Think)  – 9:30 @ Brillobox

Tuesday, October 26th

Phantogram w/ special guest Josiah Wolf – 8:00 @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
Bear In Heaven w/ special guests Lower Dens and Sun Airway – 9:00 @ Brillobox

Wednesday, October 27th

Bettie Serveert w/ Atlas and Aaron Jentzen – 9:00 @ Brillobox

Tuesday, November 2nd

Frightened Rabbit w/ Plants and Animals and The Phantom Band – 8:00 @ Diesel

Thursday, November 11th

Brendan Benson and The Posies with special guests Aqueduct – 8:00 @ Mr. Smalls

Saturday, November 13th

Wakey! Wakey! w/ Jenny Owen Youngs – 9:30 @ Brillobox

Saturday, November 27th

Donavon Frankenreiter w/ special guest Ximena Sarinana – 9:00 @ Mr. Smalls

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