Via Earsplit PR:
Legendary stoner rock band SLEEP split in 1997 after two hugely influential albums. Members went on to form underground heroes OM and High On Fire, and more recently metal supergroup Shrinebuilder. This Fall, original members Al Cisneros and Matt Pike will be joined by drummer Jason Roeder of Neurosis to perform the seminal Holy Mountain album as well as selections from Dopesmoker and more.
SLEEP debuted with 1991's Volume One album, recorded for San Francisco label Tupelo. Earache Records received the band’s next recordings in the mail as a demo. The label -- impressed by SLEEP's single-mindedness and unique vision -- immediately signed the band and released the tape exactly as it was received. Record stores worldwide stocked SLEEP’s Holy Mountain from November 1992 to this day.
The band then signed to London Records. Their debut album for the major took the form of one mammoth 63-minute leviathan of a track entitled "Jerusalem." The band resisted the label’s attempts at radio edits and bringing in their own engineer to remix the album in view of “marketability.” London baulked at the prospect of promoting what probably still is the most extreme music ever recorded for a major label, so shelved the recording and dropped the band.
SLEEP's music has been featured in films by Harmony Korine and Jim Jarmusch.
SLEEP 2010 US Tour
9/03/2010 All Tomorrow's Parties - Monticello, NY
9/07/2010 Starlight Ballroom - Philadelphia, PA
9/08/2010 Brooklyn Masonic Temple - New York, NY w/ Lichens
9/09/2010 Logan Square Auditorium - Chicago, IL w/ Lichens
9/10/2010 Mohawk - Austin, TX w/ Sub Oslo
9/11/2010 Roseland Theater/Music Fest NW - Portland, OR w/ Scott Kelly, YOB
9/12/2010 Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
So, in spite of their successes with High On Fire, OM and Shrinebuilder, Pike and Cisneros are reviving the beast. Chris Hakius is evidently still unavailable, having left OM after 2007's Pilgrimage LP. Still, a show revolving around Holy Mountain and the hour plus Dopesmoker will be one to remember.
Some reviews and Sleep-related write-ups can be found below:
High On Fire - Snakes For The Divine
Om - Pilgrimage
Om - Live Conference
Shrinebuilder - s/t
Here's a review of an OM show from 2007.
I also wrote up a quick blurb about a vinyl edition of Sleep's Holy Mountain.
If you couldn't tell, I like these bands a lot.
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