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Sleepies : Weird Wild World

Bushwick trio Sleepies don’t seem like the types to give a shit whether they are appreciated or not, but they already have a couple of well-placed fans – music writer and drummer for the underrated Mr. Dream Nick Sylvester, who has signed them to his GodMode label, and producer Ben Greenberg (Hubble/ the Men) – and their Kickstarter-assisted second full-length Weird Wild World looks set to secure them a whole load more. Rejecting easy pigeonholing, Thomas Seeley (guitar, vocals), Josh Intrator (bass) and Max Tremblay (drums) are a punk band at heart, but their fast and loose songs often hide musical booby-traps – a tricky prog-rock time signature here, an unexpected feedback spike there – that might just serve to rudely jolt awake the “impress me” Brooklyn hipsters stood with their arms folded at the back of their gigs. Whilst they share certain traits with contemporaries like Ty Segall and Nu Sensae (an affinity with ’90s grunge most obvious on “Strange Feelings” and “Got A Way” for one, the subtle influence of ’80s hardcore – “Setback”, “Terra Firma” – for another), their skewed Pavement-esque pop hooks and alternately angular and thrashy rhythms place Sleepies closer in spirit to big-hearted art-rockers Les Savy Fav; a band of clever jokers who’ll flip you the finger then throw an arm around your shoulder. The album is out August 21 on GodMode; Noisey are streaming the album in full but if you’re in a hurry check out a radio edit of closer “Seriously” below:


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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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