Sleeper have shared the video for the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album, The Modern Age. In “Look at You Now” the band have chosen to forgo the standard mimed performance, instead offering up a timely 50’s and 60’s inspired protest video.
Describing the track and inspiration behind its video, the band said: “It’s a song about feeling disenfranchised. Politics, on every side, is pushing to the extremes, ideas we thought we’d left behind in the 20th century.
“When we were putting together the artwork for our new album we got really into film footage from the 1950s and 60s: political rallies, crap B movies, and public information films.… Read the rest
After gradually dipping their reunion toes on the live stage over the last 18 months, feeling the response from Britpop days gone past, the once statuesque Sleeper have decided go all in on their first album in 21 years, entitled The Modern Age.
Louise Wener gives reason for the reunion — “We had no plan to get back together. Sometimes life throws you a massive curve ball. You end up jumping off the cliff, just to see what it feels like”.
The band spent summer 2018 recording The Modern Age with their long time producer, Stephen Street – a relationship that clicked into place again right away.… Read the rest
“Another female-fronted band“. With those words sported on a t-shirt for a Sleeper photo-shoot circa 1995, Essex-born Louise Wener contrived to take on lazy musical journalists while adding her own sauce and spice to the Britpop oeuvre. Female-fronted Sleeper were, but such over-simplifications were part of the game in those post-Riot Grrl, pre-Girl Power days. Lines were drawn in the sand with Blur, Pulp, Oasis on one side and Sleeper, Elastica and Echobelly (to name but a few) on the other, with the women having to push extra hard to be taken seriously.
Sleeper were like a red pop rag to a Loaded reader’s bull, which more or less comes down to Wener’s choice of words and subject matter.… Read the rest