Introducing: Sleep/Less

Canadian band Sleep/Less have honed an engaging pop-punk sound with a heavier rocky edge that’ll transport you back to the good old days of the early 2000s. Indeed, the band describes their sound as “energetic, relatable and nostalgic.”

The Winnipeg, Manitoba band started with guitarist Brad Conrad Wiebe looking to begin a solo project away from the metal bands he was playing in at the time. He ended up finding vocalist Beau Turner on Kijiji (a Canadian classifieds site) and invited him to record the vocals for a completely different type of project. They then added bassist John Corsiga and drummer Zach Fedorowich to the mix, with the latter completing the lineup in 2020 after two years of Brad nagging him to join the band.

The quartet have since honed a sound that Zach describes to us as: “Imagine going back to the early 2000s and listening to your favourite pop-punk bands.”

Our latest taste of this is new single My Serenade, which is their second single release after a tough two years without releasing music. It starts out with a light lick that bursts into big “woh-oh” vocals and drops into a verse that builds up to a big singalong chorus. The big catchy “woh-oh” vocals return and drop into a second verse of vocals over palm-muted guitars. A second chorus ends on a big held note then light guitars before bursting into a big final blast of the chorus, before ending on the “woh-oh” vocals.

On the track, the band told us: “Honestly, we’re all just super pumped to finally be releasing music together again. It was a stale two years, with Laska giving us the starting point of the sound we’ve been crafting, to My Serenade being the result of us finding our sound. People should expect the best thing we’ve done yet, and it’s only going up from here!” Check it out in the stream here:

The band’s comeback after two years came with the excellent Means To An End, which was released in January. it opens up with a lively lick over driving chords and drums. Beau’s vocals take over alongside palm-muted chords before bursting into a big catchy chorus “Whoa, It’s just a means to an end yeah, Whoa, It gets better my friend.” A second chorus drops into driving guitars and drums and powerful vocals, before a capella version of the chorus vocals feeds into a final blast of the chorus to bring the track to a heavy conclusion. Check it out in the video here:

Those two singles follow on from their debut single Up All Night, which was released in 2018, a debut EP Rookie the next year, then the aforementioned second single Laska. Laska opens up with heavy guitars supporting repeats of “All the way I fall” before a laid-back opening verse, then bursting into a big chorus. A more intense third verse drops into a light section that gives way to a big final rendition of the chorus to bring the track to an atmospheric ending. Check it out in the lyric video here:

While the debut EP is packed with slightly more raw pop-punk goodness, including a personal favourite Always:

Sleep/Less’ members bring a wide mix of influences to the table. For example, Beau tells us his strongest musical influences are Bush, Matthew Good, Deftones, Elvis, Alexisonfire, Blink 182 and Finch. While Brad cites Eddie Van Halen and Slash as his biggest influences, followed by Bullet for my Valentine, Children of Bodom and Blink. Zach admits he has a weird mix of influences led by Neck Deep, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, The Story So Far, and Twenty One Pilots, while John names Rage Against the Machine, Guns N’ Roses, Vulfpeck and John Mayer.”

And on what inspires them to write music, Beau tells us: “What influences my writing is usually the feel of the song. Once I listen to a melody or riff I can get a sense of what it makes me feel and from there I’ll write the lyrics to that feeling. Once I get that feeling down, a melody will come to me for the vocals and then I’ll build off that.”

There’s much more to come from Sleep/Less, starting with the release of their second EP this summer. They’ll be back into the studio later in the year and, restrictions depending in Manitoba, potentially some gigs through the year as well.

And Beau added: “We’re only going to put out music that we like to do, music we can stand behind and let the product speak for itself. We are truly grateful and thankful for every single follow, download, or stream of our songs. We’re just beside ourselves knowing someone likes our stuff.”

You can follow Sleep/Less on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and check out their music on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer and YouTube.

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