What’s In A Name?

artist: Sleep City | genre: post hardcore | label: InVogue Records

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Rhode Island’s Sleep City have just signed to InVogue Records and their debut EP, Still Breathing, dropped on February 8. Through the course of seven songs, these boys swing a heavy hammer and aren’t afraid to unleash the mayhem.

A song like “The Road To Awe (Xibalba)” throws you around the room a few times before before gently setting you back down with a cool acoustic outro.  “The Five And A Half Minute Hallway” arrives with booming drums and screaming lyrics before dissolving into guttural bellowing. It gallops along at a furious pace until the 1:55 mark, when things slow down, almost like they’re catching their breath, before a cool interlude with great drumming and an electronic beat, only to slip into total chaos again. It’s my favorite track and I love their ability to keep things together even when the music is at its most intense.

Sleep City got me fired up. Hearing them made me want to go out and try and run through a wall, or at least hit one really hard. I’m excited about them and can’t wait for a full-length. In the meantime, find a slew of upcoming tour dates at http://www.myspace.com/sleepcityrock/shows. Dig it.

– Thurdeen

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