Great live set capturing sleepmakeswaves in full power and creativity. So nice to hear a solid recording of the band – they know how to fill a room with musical energy in showing off their impressive compositions.
Favorite track: traced in constellations (triple j Live at the Wireless).
Those in the Know on BC appreciate the cinematic instrumental aural landscapes this Band from Down under have been producing into 2 decades now. Capturing the mesmerizing soundscapes in front of an "live" enthusiastic hometown crowd is just the icing on the cake.
SMW is not just a Digital Bedroom Creation in the over-crowded Post-Rock field....this proves they are legit working contenders!!!!
Favorite track: perfect detonator (triple j Live at the Wireless).
This show at the Metro in 2015, in some ways, was the culmination of a series of journeys.
The first, and most clear, was that it was the end of 3 months of solid, solid, worldwide touring. The kind of touring where you don't have much clue what time it is, what day it is, just whether or not your strings need changing. The kind where you're more tired than you've ever been, because you've fallen in between the cracks of three different time zones. The kind that you'd have once have given anything to do, and you are all at once exposed to the clear, and sometimes harsh and unromantic reality of your dreams.
55 shows. 22 countries.
We started with 28 shows in Europe and the UK, went through Greece, had some interesting experiences crossing borders in the deep east of Europe, disappeared into the transylvanian wormhole and emerged in China, where we played shows around a slew of high speed rail and high spice noodles, before crashing back into Aus, via sweaty club gigs in Singapore and Hong Kong.
This all exists in my memory in a series of blurry moments. And in this uneasy truce, as somehow both one of the best and most challenging times of my life. The love/hate of cartography.
June 13, 2015. The Metro Theatre.
This was the biggest headline show we had ever played and was the result of 7 years of DIY work in and around the periphery of the aus music scene. It meant a lot to us to be headlining the Metro, a venue we'd all been to many times to see other touring bands. It was difficult not to get caught up in the sheer optics of the thing. It was clear in that moment our little band had graduated to something more. We are all familiar with the fever dream of showing up for a consequential event entirely unprepared, but here the immensity of the occasion met perfectly with the musical readiness and preparation of 12 weeks on the road, and the result was pure and big and heavy.
Finally, and most importantly, it was also the end result of a lifetime of love of rock and guitar music. A decade or two of obsessing over hammer ons and pull offs, of tube overdrive and delay pedals.
We are in this band because we love the immensity of loud guitars and booming drums over glitches and beeps. It genuinely makes us happy. And we were so happy, because we were all together, in this familiar room, in this familiar way, but entirely differently, because it was our noise pumping through the speakers, and our joy reflected in the smiles of the faces in the room.
I want to thank everyone that attended this show, and our hardworking crew who saw us through this tour, particularly Brett and Wojtek.
Hope to see you at the next one.
released November 12, 2021
Alex Wilson - bass, keys, electronics
Jonathan 'Kid' Khor - guitar
Otto Wicks-Green - guitar
Tim Adderley - drums