Artist Spotlight: Sleeper Agent

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 at 10:22 am by

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Sleeper Agent, Photo: Phil Knott, Courtesy RCA

You may or may not be in-the-know about Sleeper Agent. In 2011, the kids from Bowling Green, Kentucky put out their peppy, jagged debut, Celebrasion, and it’s been full steam ahead for the sextet. These guys are definitely a band to keep your ears on. Why?

Well, what’s not to love, really – the tracks from Celebration are quick and full of chunky guitar. The distorted vocals sing about the frustrations and impatience surrounding love, sex, drugs, and getting yours. And their punk undertones, according to an interview with Rolling Stone, are attributed to their drummer getting woken up by a sucker punch in the face at a Fourth of July party. The album is all-around noisy and incredibly fun. If that’s not enough, there’s plenty of internet chatter that vouches for their live gig.

“Waves” is Sleeper Agent’s latest from their upcoming sophomore release About Last Night (set to drop March 25 on Mom + Pop). The track sounds like something from that indie musical sweet spot of the mid 2000s; an offshoot of Port O’Brien’s “I Woke Up Today,” or Jason Schwartzman’s solo project, Coconut Records. It’s a bit different from their debut, so it’ll be interesting to see which way the tunes go. 

“Waves is ultimately about a private apocalypse,” Guitarist/vocalist Tony Smith tells Rolling Stone. “It’s about closing chapters of the past and watching all you knew crumble before you.”

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