It must be gratifying for SLEEP to hear the audience roar in approval when guitarist Matt Pike plays the opening notes of Dopesmoker, the live set version coming in around 40 minutes, slimmed down from the studio recording, which clocks in at a little over an hour and three sides.
Years after the release of Volume One in 1991, Sleep’s Holy Mountain in 1992 and Dopesmoker in 2003, Matt Pike hard at work with HIGH ON FIRE and bassist / vocalist Al Cisneros with OM, heavy music needed one of its essential minerals back. In 2009, falling in on either side of NEUROSIS drummer Jason Roeder, SLEEP, like a wooly mammoth awoken from centuries of frozen slumber, once again walked the earth. You could almost hear the universe sigh in relief that SLEEP was back.
2014 saw SLEEP release a single sided 12” with a new song, The Clarity, giving fans a glimpse of what would hopefully be more to come. And so, the wait began . . .
All good things take time. In 2018 SLEEP fans will have a reason to break out their finest and get it lit because record stores all over the world will have the new SLEEP album.
SLEEP has live shows slated for this year. Their studio work is tremendous. However, SLEEP in the live setting must be witnessed to be understood. That three people can create such a perfect, truly massive yet complex and dynamic sonic environment is what keeps their shows selling out. Truly, the band is not to be missed. May it never end.
DISCLAIMER: Any attempts to describe the music of SLEEP render this writer almost completely useless. They are that good.
PRESCRIPTION: Listen to Dopesmoker as often as possible and prepare for what is to come.
ARTIST BIO: Quintron’s Weather Warlock (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Quintron has been making genre-defying noise, soundscape, and house rocking dance music in New Orleans for over 20 years, much of it in collaboration with artist / puppeteer Panacea Theriac aka "Miss Pussycat".
In 1999, Quintron helped to foster a DIY analog synth revival with a patented instrument called the DRUM BUDDY, a light activated analog drum machine which creates murky, low-fidelity, rhythmic patterns.
Quintron's current focus is on a weather controlled analog drone synthesizer called Weather Warlock and a website devoted to streaming its music called Weather For The Blind.
Weather Warlock has also spawned a live band consisting of various musicians improvising during sunrise or sunset to the sounds of this instrument doing it's thing. Recent collaborators have included Steve Shelly, Sean Ono Lennon, Gary Wrong, Miss Pussycat, Aaron Hill (of Eyehategod), Nels Cline, Rat Bastard, DJ Lespam, and several members of the Sun Ra Arkestra. Quintron continues to live and work in New Orleans Louisiana as well as touring, teaching, and lecturing in this world and beyond.