Release: Everyone You Left Behind
Area: Newcastle, Australia
Date Of Release: October 1st
Genre: Emo / Alternative Rock
Record Label: Independent
For Fans Of: Modern Baseball, Lifehouse, Citizen, Introvert
Sleepeaser from Newcastle first got my attention earlier this year when they released 'Patterns', an energetic anthemic single. When I was given the opportunity to review their debut EP "Everyone You Left Behind" I was stoked, It's been out for a few days now and so here are my words.
I'd heard lead single 'Pain Relief' a handful of times throughout the past month and it's really grown on me. I initially thought it was a bit cheesy lyrically but the guitar riff kept me coming back for more. Front-man Jake Hewish, takes the listener through a narrative of what seems to be a difficult relationship breakdown of sorts, I thought it was a fairly common occurrence In alt / emo music so it wasn't to interesting too me at the time, until I heard the postchorus of "you said you'd die just to be alone" it added a nice twist. The guitar licks by Matthew March which accompany the aforementioned postchorus really fills in what could've been a less memorable track. I do also enjoy the light percussion throughout the piece. The drums feel so natural walking along with the lead guitar riffs nearing the end of the song.
Sleepeaser take up more of a direct angsty-yet-hopeful direction in 'Shapeless', instigated from a rolling bass riff crafted by Madeleine Jackman. Which then starts progressing into an intimate sounding spoken word-like "I could leave but I wanna stay for a while" until a vocal effect is added as if showing there could be another feeling starting to progress.
'Home Alone' feels like acceptance, anger is still present but with the more upbeat pop punk with a folk punk lead guitar riff. The eerie dual vocals paired with the mellow sections of forced and light percussion have been mixed in a way that really accentuates the ability Sleepeaser as a band are able evoke emotion and meaning. This is helped greatly by Rhys Zacher from Spinlight Studios, who I've noticed is working with a load of solid bands, from Newcastle to the Central Coast. It's also worth noting that this was the track I got solid Citizen and Lifehouse vibes from, in an organic and nostalgic way.
The drumming of Levi Dallen is at a strong point again in the closing track 'How Low'. Which alludes to being blind to the ways that once were, with a fair bit more focus on the harder drumming and way more guitar effects. In my eyes this is one of the more refined songs structurally, allowing the band experiment more with different layers and thus pulling the entire EP together nicely.
I honestly don't think you could tell this was a debut EP. Let alone it being self released and locally mixed and recorded. I honestly think Sleepeaser are going to be a name you're going to be hearing, this is emo heartbreak in 4 songs.
- Everyone You Left Behind Track List -
1. Pain Relief
3. Home Alone
4. How Low
Would You Go And See Them: 5/5
Personal Enjoyment: 10/10