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It’s up for debate whether the fuzzy burn of speakers about to blow out can be called part of a song. If you ever find yourself in a room with Long Beach-based Sleeping Bags, I promise that you’ll have an opinion on the subject. Burying Matt Kivel’s warm vocals in layers of cascading guitars, crashing drums, and a hot, bubbly layer of melodic fuzz, Sleeping Bags create a monolith of sound, wrapping the listener tight and not letting go
until they make sure they’ve felt every note.
With a reverence for My Bloody Valentine, Nick Drake, Neu! and Bowie’s Berlin trilogy, Sleeping Bags’ songs are about finding serenity within the wall of sound. The band is also intent upon exploring the difference between the live monolith and the recorded one, the way the experience of listening to music live inherently changes it.
The band is a collective effort on the part of Matt Kivel (Princeton), Jesse Kivel (Kisses, Princeton), Abe Burns (Gentle Hands) and Mark Nieto (COMBAT!).
While the backbones of the band’s recorded songs were produced over the course of two evenings, what came later took much longer, with the addition of sound sculptures and ambient pieces that branch and swell through the entirety of record. What resulted from this combination of improvisation and careful, meticulous composition is a visceral, emotional and lush collection of songs, connected by their driving guitars and thick, exacting layers.
Nylon Magazine: Premiere: Sleeping Bags
Interview Magazine: Exclusive Song Premiere: ‘Pehr,’ Sleeping Bags
Stereogum: Sleeping Bags – “Pehr”
L.A. Times: L.A. Unheard: Sleeping Bags’ revivalist rock
Spinner: Sleeping Bags, “Park”
One Thirty BPM: MP3: Sleeping Bags = “Park”
the Guardian: New band of the day: Sleeping Bags (No 825)
Amoeblog: Shoegazers Sleeping Bags Release Debut Album, Play Bootleg Tonight
The Holloweyed: Gazing from Sleeping Bags at LA’s East Side
PureVolume: Sleeping Bags Premiere Self-Titled Debut Album
The Deli Magazine: Sleeping Bags release single from debut LP
Sonic Masala: Hits from the Box
Nylon: New band alert: Sleeping Bags
Dazed: Sleeping Bags bring musical complexity to three-chord songs
Prefixmag: Sleeping Bags: “Cantaloupe”
Extended Play: 7” Sleeping Bags: Cantaloupe
WOW Magazine: Sleeping Bags questionnaire