The Sleeper boys and girls are back
The year was 1998. New Labour were in power, Glenn Hoddle had taken England to the World Cup in France, leaving Paul Gascoigne at home and Britpop was still riding high musically.
It was also the last time we heard from Sleeper, one of the era’s poster bands. Until now.
Yup, Sleeper are back after a very long absence. Louise Wener is still at the vocal helm, along with original members, lead guitarist, Jon Stewart and drummer, Andy Maclure. Former Prodigy bassist, Kieron Pepper, completes the line up. And they are the architects of the brand new single, Look At You Now.
And indeed, look at them now. Wener still has that sultry rasp in her vocals, and the music remains unmistakably Sleeper. A combination of guitars and keyboards, and a catchy chorus, make this single a very welcome, and long overdue, return. A return to form, in fact. When Wener sings about, “still looking for the hits”, she will have nothing to worry about when this song becomes one.
Their appearance at the Star Shaped Festival certainly revived, and revitalised, interest in the band, and Wener herself became an established novelist. But to have them back in the fold, and writing new music again, is extremely welcome and joyous. A new album and a tour next year will add to that particular excitement.
The poster band of every Sleeper boy and girl are back, and hopefully this time, here to stay. To Louise Wener and the Sleeper blokes, we’ve missed you and are happy you’re back.
Look At You Now is available now and Sleeper’s forthcoming album, The Modern Age, is available in March 2019, on the Gorsky Records label.
Sleeper are also on tour in March and April next year on the confirmed dates –
Thursday March 21st – The Garage, Glasgow
Friday March 22nd – Riverside, Newcastle
Saturday March 23rd – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
Thursday 28th March – Engine Rooms, Southampton
Friday 29th March – Roadmender, Northampton
Saturday 30th March – Church, Leeds
Thursday April 4th – The Venue, Derby
Friday April 5th – The Globe, Cardiff
Friday April 12th – O2 Academy – Bristol
Saturday April 13th – O2 Kentish Town Forum, London
Friday 28th June – Piece Hall, Halifax