Sleepy Sun

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.

Glowing House is a Denver-based new-folk band comprised of husband-and-wife duo Steve Varney and Jess Parsons and features a rotating cast of Denver's most prominent musicians. Almost two years after their critically acclaimed debut album, The Annual Demise of Every Aspen, Glowing House returns with their sophomore effort Days Run Out. Scheduled for release in June, 2012, Days Run Out reveals a highly evolved and polished sound for Glowing House. The band's musicianship can only be matched by their motivation to have you fall in love with their songs. For more information visit http://glowinghousemusic.com/

If Salvador Dali's paintings were translated into music, they would sound like déCollage. déCollage is a community of artists and musicians held together by its founding member, Reed Fuchs. Their shows are known for being theatrical, avant-garde, and free-spirited. Artists paint during their set to create a multisensory experience that transcends music. Their eclectic sound incorporates accordion, drum pads, glockenspiel, and a trash can drum kit, painted atop a canvas of found sounds Reed records {typewriters, trains, leaves, zippers, Zippos, circuit bending}. déCollage collects everything from Freud, John Cage, Tom Waits, Picasso and blends it with their own anomalous style. Reed delivers the lyrics with unique character and expression; exploring our fragmented, post-modern world through metaphysics, surrealism, abstraction, and most of all wonder! déCollage is interested in sounds for their own sake; in this way their music is World, the world of sound, the world's sound.

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Sleepy Sun with Glowing House, déCollage

Friday, November 22 · Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM at South Moe's - Englewood

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