It’s a beautiful day in Vermont in October, sunny and cold a day perfect for deep heavy driving tracks. I’ve been listening to some new bands that I’m excited to share today; Sleepy Sun and Wooden Shjips have been land hard as the soundtrack to fall of 2019.
Sleepy Sun band is based in Santa Cruz, California. Formed in 2005, the founding members of the band include Brice Tice (Drummer & Composer), Evan Reiss (guitar player &composer), Matt Holliman (guitar player &composer), Hubert Guy (Bass player) and Bret Constantino (main lyricist and vocalist). All initial members of the band studied at University of California, Santa Cruz.
The band began as a garage rock team but later shifted to psychedelia and thus Sleepy Sun name came into being. The band is led by Bret Constantino, the vocalist. Rachel Fannan, the singer joined the band and together they released their album titled, ‘Embrace’. It looks like Sleepy Sun is still touring in 2019 – but mostly around the Bay area.
The band’s members collectively share a love of classic rock from the Velvet Underground to Neil Young, as well as more overt love of the San Francisco scene of the 60’s. This commonality in their formative musical years binds them even as they live in different cities. V. finds Wooden Shjips embracing the emotions behind those sounds; peaceful defiance and opposition, while creating a sound and counter narrative to today’s hostilities that is wholly their own. Wooden Shjips has with V.created the most concise, laid back songs of their career. Their music is a balm of sorts, a respite from the insanity that, through its regenerative abilities, empowers continued, calm resistance. A reminder of the simple power of peace and beauty. Wooden Shjips, through V., have demonstrated the power of beauty and the power in creating it even while experiencing overwhelming dread. It is the perfect summer album, brimming with optimism and a peaceful energy, aptly timed for release at the height of spring.