SLEEPWALKERS’ “Ages” Is Psychedelic Power Pop That Will Put A Smile On Your Face SLEEPWALKERS' Music Is A Guaranteed Prescription For Joyful Hope
AUSTIN, TX- At a music festival like SXSW, and over the past three years, there have only been a handful of bands that have been able to get me to literally walk miles to see them perform live. The Richmond, VA band SLEEPWALKERS is one of them. As soon I clicked play on their Spotify page, and heard the opening guitar licks of “Cocaine” I was hooked. That’s kind of a bad pun, but it’s the truth.
Founded by brothers Austin and Michael York, this band’s music has some seriously joyful, psychedelic power pop sonics that absolutely puts a smile on my face and a bounce in my step. The hooks are irresistible. The arrangements are complex but accessible. The vocal harmonies are angelic. God damn, I love their sound.
For SXSW, SLEEPWALKERS were previewing music from their forthcoming new album Ages, which is currently available for preorder at discounted prices. CLICK HERE. They had the last performance of the night at Antone’s for their record label’s showcase, and I had trekked a 21 minute mile with about 30 pounds on my back to make sure I didn’t miss out.
I stepped into the venue, with my feet about to give up on me, and my back cussing me out for the sudden cramp I had given it. Was it worth it? Youbetcha. There’s nothing like “happy” music to make you forget about any real world crap, and SLEEPWALKERS, even at 1am, brought me so much happiness that my feet and back forgave me instantly.
On their Facebook page, the band posted some commentary by Austin about their first single, “Ages”, from their new album:
“Heartbreak has left someone unsure of the future. A voice of an older self speaks to them from a different time … trying to give them hope for the future. Explaining that it may seem like the end of the world … but life will go on. The future is not so bleak, and time can heal the wounds if you let it.”
Austin’s comment kinda embodies what their music is all about. It’s about giving giving the listener some hope, and in this instant, using music as the medium to uplift the listener’s spirits. I think they do a damn fine job. Now, I gotta hold out some hope that the’ll be booking a gig in LA on this current tour they’re currently on.