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Sleep Australian Tour (Melbourne)
26.10.2013 20.00 h
Westgate Entertainment Centre and Grand Star - Melbourne
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http://lifeisnoise.com/ by arrangement with All Tomorrow’s Parties Presents:

Australian Tour
October 2013

“With songs so steeped in THC that pot smoke seems to emanate from the speakers, Sleep is perhaps the ultimate stoner-rock band.” THE GUARDIAN

Seminal stoner/doom band, Sleep from San Jose, California will play two shows in Sydney and Perth following their appearance at ATP’s Release The Bats, Melbourne in October 2013.

Formed as a Bay Area punk rock band called Asbestosdeath, the band changed their musical direction and name and debuted as Sleep with their Volume One album in 1991. After Justin Marler left the band, the core lineup of Al Cisneros, Matt Pike and Chris Hakius went into the studio to record a demo cassette that they sent to Earache Records. The recording was released in November 1992 (exactly as received by the label) under the name Sleep's Holy Mountain and went on to forever alter the musical landscape. Countless current bands cite ...Holy Mountain as a major inspiration, and the unique sound and style of the record can be heard in many subsequent releases by bands from all over the world.

Sleep's Holy Mountain created such a buzz that major label London Records signed the band. Unfortunately, the label lacked the vision necessary to actually follow through and release the album that Sleep recorded, mostly because it took the not-radio-friendly form of a Single song – a 63-minute long ode to weed – called Dopesmoker. Sleep returned to the studio and edited the track down to 52 minutes and retitled it Jerusalem, but it was again rejected. London Records shelved the record and dropped the band, leading to their dissolution.

Luckily, the record had a life after death and refused to stay buried. It first saw the light of day as the shortened Jerusalem version by The Music Cartel in 1998 before Dopesmoker (at its full 63 minute length) was given a proper release by Tee Pee Records in 2003. Dopesmoker stands as one of the towering achievements in recent metal history, a mesmerizing, intoxicating, and incredibly complex song that is still unrivalled in the annals of stoner metal.

The band's breakup, while devastating for fans, turned out to have a silver lining as Matt Pike (guitar) went on to form High On Fire, a metal juggernaut that has authored five albums to date, and Al Cisneros went on to form the transcendental wonder OM who have released four albums to date.

Sleep reformed in 2009 and now includes Jason Roeder of Neurosis on drums.

Catch Sleep in Australia on:
Saturday October 26 – ATPs Release The Bats, Melbourne
Presented by All Tomorrow's Parties
Tickets on sale from Moshtix

Sunday October 27 – Manning Bar, Sydney
Tickets from http://lifeisnoise.com/http://manningbar.com/ and Oztix

Monday October 28 – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Tickets from http://lifeisnoise.com/, The Rosemount Hotel, Heatseeker and Oztix

Web site: weedian.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/officialsleep
Sleep live: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkeTCqumg-8
Listen to Dopesmoker: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIw7oeZKpZc
ATP: www.atpfestival.com


Westgate Entertainment Centre and Grand Star
61-69 Dohertys Road, Altona
Country: au


Corner Grieve Parade & Dohertys Road, Altona