Live in Chicago, Day 1: Sleep Out

photos by Jeremy Farmer

Having just released their sophomore album, Not Even Dust over a week ago, the members of Chicago’s Sleep Out give credit to an unusual muse: Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery, a park-like site that was designated a city landmark in 1971 and the inspiration for what Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times has called “one of the strongest indie-pop discs to emerge from the underground music scene in the new millennium.”  The five-member group consisting of Nate Bartley, Sam Grant, Ben Geier, and Eddie Lo, with Quinn Goodwillie on guitar and vocals — debuted their first album in 2006.  Goodwillie outlined his expectations for the critically well-received, “I Am Your Shroud”  stating, “I think that our first big goal is to win Chicago over.” The band explains that their latest album, “Not Even Dust” is deeply rooted in the city of Chicago and inspired by a curious and ceaseless exploration of life’s unpredictable trajectory and undeniable endpoint” Influenced by The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, The Cascades, Waylon Jennings, The Louvin Brothers, and Shudder To Think the band draws upon all of these individualist sounds to create a new sound in Chicago’s incredibly diverse music community.. Two short years since “I Am Your Shroud”, the band seems poised to reach a much larger audience.  The decision to record in Portland with producer and label owner Dylan Magierek meshed perfectly with the stylistics and editing influences of Chicago’s Electrical Audio studios producing a polished album with intense depth. Finally Sleep Out has created their own “Graceland Cemetery” (which was featured as KEXP’s song of the week last Wednesday).  For those of you in the Chicago area KEXP is hosting a listener event at the Darkroom with Sleep Out, presented by Equalizer and kicking off at 8:00 PM.   If you enjoy Quinn Goodwillie and Ben Geier you should check out their other band, Mt. St. Helen’s, a”post-punk rock band.” As of 2007 they have released three full-length albums. 

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  1. Julie
    Posted July 16, 2008 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Great photos! I feel like I’m there!

  2. Loki
    Posted July 16, 2008 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    Great live studio show! Sleep Out has made an extremely strong album and it was cool to be able to hear them.

  3. ZK
    Posted July 16, 2008 at 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Great band. Great guys. Good to see them getting some national exposure that both Sleep Out and Mt.St.Helens have deserved for years.

  4. Posted July 17, 2008 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Sleep Out are such a positive group of musicians with strong songs and the ability to play consistently powerful live shows. Working with them was one of the best times I have had in the studio making an album.

  5. Mike
    Posted July 17, 2008 at 5:35 pm | Permalink

    Is there a Sleep Out interview too?

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