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Thursday, March 13 • 1:00am - 1:30am
The Big Sleep

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The Big Sleep released their debut full-length Son of the Tiger in September of 2006. It was a record for people who were waiting to hear something different and visceral, something strong and confident yet still affecting and moving. The record was a labor of love and it reflected two goals: externalizing a vision and connecting to people who can feel the same feeling. The recording achieved the first, but the second was done best in the live setting. To support the record they went on tours with The Hold Steady and The Thermals, and played numerous shows with bands they admired, like Les Savy Fav, Apollo Sunshine, The Twilight Sad and many more. "The Big Sleep blew my mind" was the best thing they'd hear - and they heard it regularly. The Big Sleep’s beginnings can be traced back to when Sonya (bass, keys, vox) and Danny (guitars, keys, vox) moved to New York and decided to start a band. A few drummers into it, they placed an ad on craigslist. Enter Gabe, making Danny and Sonya the two luckiest people ever to benefit from the site (excluding casual encounters posters). Completely out of nowhere, the lineup became rock solid. They put in a lot of work and saw their first album go from a self funded question mark to a critically lauded release on a label they all liked and respected. While the first record took its time coming together, Sleep Forever’s songs were popping up - "Slow Race" came to Danny in a dream, "Pinkies" is a cousin to "Shima" on the first record, "Little Sister" is about Danny's little sister, "Bad Blood" took no time at all and "Organs" took forever. The overall sound was revealing itself to be tighter, more focused and heavier than before, without losing any of the energy. By Summer 2007, it felt like the right time to go back to the studio. Chris Coady, who's worked with Blonde Redhead, TV On The Radio, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, was brought in to capture and enhance The Big Sleep’s sound. Chris put in the long hours at Shorefire (where Springsteen recorded Tunnel of Love) and Staygold studios where the band pounded out rhythms with their typical unbridled spirit and stripped away the elements that create distance that can insulate the songs from the listeners. The result is a sound that is more immediately rewarding. The Big Sleep's songs have always been about the heavy/sad things that are around us in everyday life, and about frustration and its resolutions. It's guitar rock with a healthy dose of noise, and a big focus on rhythm. It's loud because the music needs to be felt - it needs to have a physical impact. And as time goes by, it becomes clearer that the chemistry between the members of the band and the energy of three strong personalities locked in with each other is as important a part of what they are together as the songs themselves. Beyond those constants, Sleep Forever in particular is about permanence and impermanence. It's about working hard, keeping focused through setbacks and through easy times, and knowing things won't always be the way they are, in good ways and bad ways. Things are going to change, they have to change, but certain moments stick with us. They can be captured, frozen exactly as they are. They can be those moments forever.
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Thursday March 13, 2008 1:00am - 1:30am
Mohawk Patio 912 Red River St

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