Sleep Terminal is a badass band from Sheffield, UK that sounds somewhere between Ty Segall and Cloud Nothings with a dash of Deerhunter. The five piece consisting of Joe, Blenk, James, Jade, and Chris fuzz the hell out with a good amount of nonchalant borderline drunk charisma that feels as visceral as Iggy pop singing “I Wanna Be Your Dog.”
The songs on their recent release Parasomnia Initiation Ritual aren’t three-minute pop gems. It’s evident the band likes to indulge in chaotic white noise sessions. Two of the five songs eclipse the seven-minute mark including the opener “Sleep Paralysis.” The bass has about as much fuzz on it as the bass does on a typical Death from Above 1979 song and is soon greeted with even more distortion that is on the guitars, vocals and even the drums. This song rocks and has cathartic New York Dolls CBGB type feel to it that instills the essence of garage rock. The no holds barred jam session in the middle song is perhaps the most intoxicating moment on the album.
I mentioned Deerhunter earlier and the song “The Torturer” is what made me think of that. The vocalist sounds a bit similar to Bradford Cox and the music does sound similar to Deerhunter as well. The title of the song is not misleading. He sings, “Sometimes he likes their eyes closed put a hood on so they can't see he is such a professional watch him work his detainee.”
“Biased and Mindless” tips its hat to ‘60s and ‘70s punk and garage rock from the UK. The lyrics are damn good and intertwine social injustices with a sense of revolution and revolt. He sings, “Their pride pursues punishment of the powerless and where then shall we reach out to? the repeated recital of false narratives to justify the unjust and the crude biased and mindless wrist slashing.”
“Beverley” is a long form song that takes its time exploring feedback and white noise. It could be argued that the song is bit over indulgent and could have been wrapped up in under three minutes if you aren’t high from that pot brownie your friend’s roommate baked.
They close with “Cryptophasia” which borders on drone metal not to far from Sunn O))). Shards of ominous white noise come at you from every direction as if you are being assaulted by the heavens above. You are definitely not safe and there is nowhere to hide.
I love this band. These guys get it. Listen to it.
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