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SLEEPING BEAUTIES

S/T

IN THE RED


Format: LP
Cata No: ITR292
Barcode: 759718529210
Format: CD
Cata No: ITR292CD
Barcode: 759718529227
Spawned in the same creepy corner of the Pacific Northwest, from the remains
of the fantastically under-appreciated The Hunches, Eat Skull and
The Hospitals, are the Sleeping Beauties.
Big basement rock opens up “Bobby and Suzie” with its gluey, flypaper
tempo changes bringing to mind Alex Chilton’s “Like Flies on Sherbert” and
the Electric Eels mashed into a ball. Rhythm piano played with an icepick is
next on “Meth” and though it may be a tale of warning, the track adds allure
to having “got a weekend sack and it’s Saturday / Sunday my life is crumbling.”
Under the moss-covered tremolo glam of “Wheeler” is a map to one
of the catchiest choruses of the record. The smell of bleach in the bathroom
leads to “Potter’s Daughter” with an invitation to relax and go “swimming
in tampons” but in the last minute Rod Meyer’s and Rob Enbom’s scraping
guitars peel back the skull again.
Sounding poppy, primal and carsick at once, drug mules and biblical
references tiptoe sweetly onto the bus on “Merchants of Glue.” The windows
steam up in the Rocket from the Tombs-eque “Slumber Party” as the garbage
boogie slides into an early Butthole-Surfers-like stream of unconsciousness.
“Hands Across America” continues to showcase singer Hart Gledhill
as one of the most distressing throats since Captain Beefheart while competing
with guitar solos louder than Teengenerate. These burns are soothed on
“Southie,” evoking some kind of 13th Floor Elevators groove followed by
the sad, warped, almost country-tinged “Addicted to Drugs.” This respite is
short lived, however; the terrific push-pull / future-primitive rhythm section
kicks in on “50’s Haircut / Gold Shoes.” After a while, the gutter puzzles start
to make sense, like a schizophrenic does if you actually sit down and listen.
When the last sands gently, mercifully slide through the hourglass on “South
Eugene,” it’s over too soon.
It is exciting to see a new band in 2016 sing about their unique pain and
pleasure, not hidden by delay pedals and not seeming to care if you like it or
not. This record probably makes you smarter for listening to it, and the only
problem is it erases your mind as well. —Lars Finberg, 2016

Tracks:

1. Bobby & Suzie
2. Meth
3. Wheeler
4. Potter?s Daughter
5. Merchants of Glue
6. Slumber Party
7. Hands Across America
8. Southie
9. Addicted to Drugs
10. 50?s Haircut / Gold Shoes
11. South Eugene

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