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This San Diego based band is an instrumental act that came to be in early 2002. They first started playing live at the end of 2002 as a trio consisting of Joileah Maddock (guitar), Kasey Boekholt (guitar) and Brandon Relf (drums). Bassist Kenseth Thibideau joined the band in August 2003. The band released their self-titled album through "Temporary Residence Ltd Records" (Explosions in the Sky) in early 2005. Around that same time, guitarist Joileah left the band due to relocation, and her friend Amber Coffman replaced her on the guitar. They since have recorded one track called Growing Sand for their label's compilation CD called "Thankfull" and 3 new tracks for their upcoming second release. In early 2007 it was Amber's "turn" to leave the state and Joileah returned to her former position in the band and the original lineup resumed. The band is currently writing more material for their second album.
Their music is dynamic and constantly on the move. And as you can infer from the lineup, guitar driven in which one guitar gives the back up and the other paves the way of the track. There are sharp and fast guitar riffs, energetic and raw drums and creative bass lines. The production on their first album is very clear and allows focusing on each instrument's part, aside from the bass which sometimes gets lost in the mix. Listeners might hear a King Crimson influence in their sound. Moreover, there is a post-rockish element to their sound, and at times they sound like a post-rock band on steroids, as they play pretty fast, and in any case, much faster than most post-rock bands. This is not that surprising, given their label. In general, this is engaging and dynamic music, fast and at times angular and shifting rapidly time signatures, reminiscing math-rock bands.

This bio will be updated as more info comes about the second album.

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 Growing by SLEEPING PEOPLE album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Sleeping People Post Rock/Math rock

Review by js (Easy Money)
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3 stars One of the finest bands to come out of the growing math rock genre, Sleeping People, at a very young age, already wield the power and authority of a veteran heavy rock band. This could be the mathematical act that breaks out of the genre and 'makes it big', ie outside the fans of math rock. The big star here, and the main reason for People's mature sound, is powerhouse guitarist Joileah Maddock and her arsenal of advanced guitar techniques. Comparisons to King Crimson are probably common with math rock bands, but no one earns that lofty tribute better than the People on this album which often sounds like the great grand- daughter of Fripp's mid to late 70s work from Larks Tongue to League of Gentlemen. Maddock is no mere copycat though, her precise interweaving lines mark her as a crafty guitarist in her own right.

Not to wear out the Crimson comparison, but my favorite moments on this album involve bone crunching whole tone chord progressions over grooving odd-metered kit work that sound like off-takes from the classic Starless album. Elsewhere on this album SP gives us an Enoish electronic number on Out Dream , as well as concert hall styled guitar minimalism on Centipede Dream. Although many of the songs on here are well arranged and carry much more impact than the usual generic math ditty, at their worst some SP songs drag on with too many pointless mathematical change-ups and not enough direction.

As mentioned before, this is the math rock band that could 'break', but before any math band hits the big time they are going to have to break some of their own overly strict rules. This album would easily crossover to classic progressive rock status if there was some occasional sustained melody, and would it really kill the mathematical guitarist to break out in a solo occasionally, either melodic or fret shredding. I keep wanting to hear a Manzenera styled hook, or maybe some Jeff Beckish sustained bends that would lift this music to the next level. Someday some hot shot producer like Laswell or Eno is going to grab one of these bands and fill out their sound and make them the next big thing. Until then, Sleeping People stand at, or near, the head of the pack in this still developing genre.

 Growing by SLEEPING PEOPLE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.67 | 3 ratings

Sleeping People Post Rock/Math rock

Review by snobb
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars US math rock band with heavy energy and Fripp-influenced guitars leading their music to unusual for post rock bands drive and tension. Complex and angular compositions and female lead guitarist excellent technique both can attract many instrumental rock lovers.

General musical structures are characteristic for math rock loops-like and cool calculated, but heavy rock energetic and complex musicianship still save this work from being repetitive or boring. Comparing with their debut, this second album is really better played and finished and contains much more mature music.

One of the style most rock-fuelled albums I ever listened. I am not sure how attractive could it be for math/post rock newcomers ( I always recommend very different from US-sound Sigur Ros early albums as the best introduction), but from another hand it can be really interesting for those searching on different instrumental prog-rock with high energy.

Really 3,5.

 Growing by SLEEPING PEOPLE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.67 | 3 ratings

Sleeping People Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Atavachron
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4 stars San Diego foursome Sleeping People are true progressives, which they demonstrate on their second album. This math band's debut was very, very good but Growing is better and shows major development in composition, direction and production values. Kept is the sticky club atmosphere but the new explorations and layers of melodic texture raise things above the group's punkish demeanor. Guitarist Joileah Maddock has to be one of most innovative and convincing players in progressive rock and leads her band with sensitive discipline and a firm vision. Her mazes of lines are echoed by Kasey Boekholt on guitar, bassist Kenseth Thibideau, and the athletic Brandon Relf on drums. Grimy and beautiful at once, the record is ten cuts of twisting ivy that vines its way, knotting and gnarling together and back out again, starting with the burbling 'Centipede's Dream' which segues straight into chunky 'James Spader'. 'Mouth Breeder' may remind of Summers/Fripp's minimal experiments on I Advance Masked but has a dangerous energy that project lacked. '...Out Dream' features bassist Thibideau's keyboard, 'Three Things' is a hot but frustrated rock band craving a breakthrough, full of relentless drones and hidden moments, and absolutely fantastic Fripper 'Grow Worm'.

With Sleeping People we're never quite sure where everything is headed, with disaster surely right around the corner. But the band always pulls through and delivers high-energy arithmetic, and 'Growing' is one of 2007's most riveting CDs.

 Sleeping People by SLEEPING PEOPLE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.50 | 2 ratings

Sleeping People
Sleeping People Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars You know Robert Fripp has an influence on a band when the title of one of their songs is "Fripp For Girls". Of course you just need to hear the music to know the influence is there. I think DON CABELLARO would be a good reference point as well, I just don't think this is nearly as good.

"Blue Fly Green Fly" is a good uptempo song with some great bass and guitar work. The drummer has some fast hands as heard before 3 minutes. "Nasty Portion" is all over the place and quite a challenging listen. It gets better as it plays out and the Fripp-like guitar is terrific. "Fripp For Girls" features a good contrast between the crazy, fast paced passages with the more enjoyable, slower sections.

"Technically You..." is definitely a technical and annoyingly song. The Fripp-like guitar is a highlight though. "Nachos" is better as they impliment some good ideas and in that way it's quite experimental when compared to the other songs. "Johnny Dep" is my favourite track on the album. This is by far the most enjoyable song as the drums, bass and guitars all work together to make some amazing melodies. The bass stands out later. "Untitled" is a short song with the same melody as the intro of the opening song "Blue Fly Green Fly". The guitar is slowly picked.

This is a good record that could be a lot better in my opinion. Still worth checking out though if you like Math-Rock.

 Sleeping People by SLEEPING PEOPLE album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.50 | 2 ratings

Sleeping People
Sleeping People Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Atavachron
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Exciting guitar-based mathrock quartet that spiral and twist their way through a heavy progressive universe that has only just begun to expand, pushing its way through the post-prog throngs. Representing the San Diego brand of Math, this pair of guitars, bass, and drums whack it up something mean and give the giants of this style, like Don Caballero, a run for their money with notably high musicianship, fresh ideas in the arithmetic of hard knocks, and a heated pace that is hard to follow.

Also in evidence is a stiff shot of King Crimson which gives them a more varied palate, though this influence should not be over-estimated and is more conceptual than derivative; these four young musicians stand rather firmly in a mathrock camp and represent the flowering of this kinetic, sometimes frantic musical style, deceptive in its honesty and played with the passion of garage music but the contemplative brow of Prog. A real winner.

Thanks to avestin for the artist addition.

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