“Sleep don’t play songs so much as build them with a deliberate patience that seems like meditation. Intros go for minutes on end, picking up momentum and power almost imperceptibly until, like storm clouds unable to bear their own weight, they finally unleash their awesome power.”
– Henry Rollins
Few can compare to the monolithic sounds of Sleep. The band set a new framework for stoner-metal enthusiasts through worship of the walloping tone of ‘70s tube amps, Iommi-esque riffwork and marijuana. Dopesmoker changed the genre as we know it, turning weed into its own religion as listeners followed the smoke to the riff filled land.
“With a band like Sleep the only thing to really do is let the music take you over and focus on what comes across as one continuous composition. The music is abrasive yet strangely comforting in its ability to lock the listener into a trance-like state, stoned or not.”
– Glide Magazine
Seeing Sleep live is an experience that blows eardrums and minds alike. Witnesses to the band’s appearance at 2014’s Meredith Music Festival (or the associated Australian tour) will attest to the mind-bending tones and tar-soaked grooves emanating from a ludicrously oversized wall of amplifiers. The experience is akin to drenching yourself in resin, allowing the music to slowly burn and dance through you like a wandering flame.
“What seems disorienting and monochromatic at first grows richer and more rewarding upon repeated exposure. It’s like a Mark Rothko painting hitting you over the head with a bag of hammers.”
– The New York Times
Sleep arrive in New Zealand and Australia in January, 2018. Be sure to grab tickets quickly as the rare chance to see these titans of metal won’t last for long.
San Fran, Wellington – Monday, January 15
Galatos, Auckland – Tuesday, January 16
Tickets and further information from www.lifeisnoise.com
Facebook – http://facebook.com/officialsleep
Dopesmoker – https://youtu.be/ugp8a7B9izw
Live at Hellfest: https://youtu.be/CTfUTB8LoH8
Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_(band)
The New York Times on Dopesmoker: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/24/magazine/letter-of-recommendation-sleep-dopesmoker.html
Henry Rollins talks Sleep – http://www.laweekly.com/music/henry-rollins-i-am-a-stoner-at-heart-7913989
Pitchfork review of Dopesmoker reissue: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/16601-dopesmoker/
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