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by The Sleepyheads

Having gone "lo-fi" in their last three albums-- that is, recording in the most primitive way, to preserve their D.I.Y. garage-punk aesthetic-- the Sleepyheads have decided to try for a much more "professional" sound. But not quite. Though they've used the services of studio producer Ron Francisco (frontman of the Cure-influenced band The Silos, one of the pioneers of the Philippine Postpunk Movement in the '80s), capturing their sound with his formidable equipment at the Monopond recording shack in Pasig, the band and, most notably, Francisco himself, made sure their rough & ramshackle sound is kept intact. In fact, using a better recording equipment only made the band's arrogant rawness (the sound they call "wreckenroll") even more prominent-- you can hear the raspy-nervous vocals, the untutored drumming, the unfettered guitar strum-plucking, and the rough concrete-slab bass playing clearly, unobstructed by murkiness and static. This is the fourth album they call SEE/SAW.
Genre: Rock: Garage Rock
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1. Action Bus
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2. I'm God's Lonely Man
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3. Existential Midwife
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4. Crawling for Heaven
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5. Sleepyhead Sabbath
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6. Only the Mute
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7. Van Gogh Diddley
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8. Cowpunk Prayer
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9. Real Strength
2:00 $0.79
10. The Sea of Debt
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11. Tap-Dance of the Helpless
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12. Suicidal Pleasures
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13. The Yin-Yang Song
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Album Notes
Bonding over a common love for bands like The Velvet Underground, The Talking Heads, The Modern Lovers and The Shaggs, they decided to team up and name their band after Jonathan Richman’s “Wake Up Sleepyheads”. Jayvee and Erick officially formed The Sleepyheads in 2000 and after Rico Entico joined the group in 2009, this m...erry band of ‘art rebels and outsiders’ was finally complete. Eleven rock ‘n’ roll years later, the band continues to stay true to their mission of preserving their raw art-fueled avant-garde approach to their work and proving that “music is universal, rock ‘n’ roll is forever, and that dreams matter.” With three albums under their belt, ‘(Don't Let Our) Tuneless Moaning (Go To Waste)’ (2006), ‘Malnutrition Of Love’ (2010), and 'Avant Garage: Wrecknroll' (2011), the band has not only proven that “dreams matter”, but that dreams can indeed come true.

All three ‘Sleepyheads’ are artists in their own right. Therefore, it is no surprise that the band’s music and performances are driven by a love for art as well as their dedication to the local art community. In fact, The Sleepyheads, often playing in art galleries and exhibitions such as Mo’s Gallery and Silverlens, the band aspires to create music that would serve as “the soundtrack” for the paintings, sculptures, installations and performances of their fellow Filipinos. Their allegiance and love towards the Pinoy creative community is mutual: Legendary artists Louie Cordero, Manuel Ocampo (who also made Beck’s ‘Odelay’ cover) and Roberto Chabet designed the band’s first, second and third album covers, respectively.

Their third album, 'Avant Garage: Wrecknroll' was released in September 2011. The album's cover art was done by Roberto Chabet and curated by Gary Ross Pastrana. Their latest album also comes with a comic book by Louie Cordero. The Sleepyheads also released another album, a live recording, featuring purely raw and low-fi music dedicated to the music of The Modern Lovers, The Shaggs and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Despite being in the industry for over a decade, the band continues to work towards fulfilling their rock ‘n’ roll dream of being “a band that would matter, draw inspiration from their heroes, stay true to their vision, and always play for the love and fun of music.”



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