We’re pleased to bring you the premiere of Sleep In.’s new music video for their song “30/30” (watch it below). The track is taken from the band’s upcoming EP Tension & Release, which is scheduled to be released on June 23rd through Black Numbers. You can pre-order the EP here.
Sleep In. was once marketed as the new project from Eric McNelis, who cut his teeth alongside scene staple Evan Weiss in The Progress. Sleep In.’s 2014 debut LP Settling was undoubtedly a conversation piece anchored in nostalgia for that project, its no-frills approach to angular indie rock diminished by its somewhat-star power. No longer searching for a point of entry, this Cherry Hill, NJ five-piece returns with the Tension & Release EP, their first for indie label Black Numbers.
Sleep In. began at the intersection between smoldering first impressions and charring afterthoughts, where the meat of their tracks negotiated between fireworks and graceful fades. The seven songs on Tension illustrate a different seesawing, whether in the band’s invertebrate guitars that split and fold, or vocals that cascade upwards beyond the confines of the EP’s cautious, yet bright rock construction. Instead of holding in their energy for one final explosion, the songs here truly find their sweet release, simmering to completion for delayed gratification and a continual process of exposure and exploration, whether in the drums that burble and snap or the storytelling that drifts inward more often than generalizing the band’s transitory phase.
On Tension & Release, Sleep In. has finally found their comfort zone while not abandoning their original home base, a genre-agnostic offering that is more a reflection of a whole than the sum of its parts.
6/24 – Hammonton NJ @ DAV
6/30 – Philadelphia PA @ Milkboy w/ Desoto Jones (Reunion) / Bright and Early (Reunion) / Keeper. [Benefit Show]
w/ Fossil Youth and Heavy Hearts
7/20 – Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
7/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Creep Records (“Tension & Release” Record Release Show)
7/22 – Deer Park, NY @ Susiepalooza
7/23 – Erie, PA @ Basement Transmissions
7/24 – Columbus, OH @ Donato’s Basement
7/25 – Warren, MI @ The Ritz Detroit
7/26 – Chicago, IL @ Township
7/27 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ Gnar House
7/28 – Kansas City, MO @ Bubba Spins Flop House
7/29 – Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street
7/30 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
7/31 – Dallas, TX @ Dirty 30
8/02 – Murfreesboro, TN @ Dad’s Garage