Band Spotlight: sleepmakeswaves

By February 26, 2015 Band, Spotlight

Recently, Soundsphere had the chance to chat to sleepmakeswave’ guitarist, Kid. Here’s what went down…

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S] Hi guys, how are you doing today?

K] “We are good, thanks for having us.”

S] Outside of music, what sort of stuff is inspiring your material right now – think movies or people and places?

K] “I really like sci-fi movies and the most epic ones are always inspiring. I just recently revisited Stanley Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ after watching ‘Interstellar’, both of those movies really give me inspiration musically.”

S] If you could come up with a Frankenstein’s monster for the sleepmakeswaves sound, then what would it be made up of, and why – think the head of 65daysofstatic and the legs of God Is An Astronaut for example 

K] “We already see sleepmakeswaves as some kind of Frankenstein’s monster, it’s a mish-mash of our favourite influences all rolled into one hulking creature. If it was some kind of monster made up of other artists then I would have to say the head is At The Drive In, the arms are Converge, the legs are Alexisonfire, the torso is Tool, the fingers and toes are Telefon Tel Aviv and the soul is that final epic climactic ending of a movie.”

S] What influences are behind ‘Love Of Cartography’?

K] “This album is about touring and being on the road with the band. The album is all about the emotions playing out along the way, the relationships you have (and ones you lack) with people on tour and back at home, the friends you make along the way and the friends you come back to when it’s all over.”

S] How has the band changed and developed since you started out, until this point?

K] “We have a new drummer (Tim Adderley) for this album, so this has evolved the band tremendously. Along with being inspired by Tim, we were also inspired by bands we toured with and that may be present in some of the new material. For example I like to think that “Perfect Detonator” has a bit of a 65daysofstatic glitchy sound homage in there and the song ‘The Stars Are Stigmata’ is paying tribute to modern Australian prog-rock bands like Karnivool and Dead Letter Circus. All these bands were tour buddies over the past couple years and inspired us to develop our sound.”

S] How are you looking forward to coming back to the UK?

K] “We’re getting ready to eat bangers and mash, HP sauce, and yummy tea and scones all over again, can’t wait!”