Band To Watch — Rolling StoneAug 05 2011
“Sleeper Agent make hook-filled, hormone-fueled garage-rock. Shaggy Kentucky kids whose songs are sweet, fizzy, and combustible as a can of shook soda.”
Read the full article at Rolling Stone
Big AnnouncementsAug 02 2011
Lots of things I need to announce (along with lots of things that are really exciting that I can’t announce quite yet).
– Celabrasion out on iTunes today August 2nd.
– We’re iTunes Single of the Week!!!
– Video for Get it Daddy is premiering on SPIN today August 2nd. (Go get you some piñata carnage)
– Album in stores September 27th!
– DeLuna fest in Pensacola with Weezer (future cruise mates) and our buddies in Manchester Orchestra is October 14th.
– Tour with Circa Survive starts October 16th in Louisville. Which happens to be the day before I begin my last year as a teenager. PARTY.
Hope to see ya out at a show soon.
Celabrasion Album Release DateJul 27 2011
It really sucks to have to tell everyone this, but our album release date has been changed to September 27th. Unfortunately, that means those of you who pre-ordered the album from our site will get your shirt and copy of the album on that day too. We’re really sorry that things worked out this way. Trust me, we want that album in your hands as soon as possible. And it will be in exactly 2 months from today.
Just know it kills us to think we let any of you down in any way. Be on the look out for more videos from the road (maybe even another Livestream!), and keep in touch with us through our twitter @_Sleeperagent
Spin — Breaking Out: Sleeper AgentJul 19 2011
“It’s the sound of high fives and Maker’s Mark spilling from the speakers.”
Read the full article on Spin.com
Weezer CruiseJul 13 2011
I think it goes without saying that we’re all beyond excited to announce that we’re going to be playing the Weezer Cruise in January. I had to keep myself from buying sunblock in Walgreens yesterday and I have to admit I’ve been calculating in my head “the perfect swimwear”. But enough about my weird indulgences into the girl-psyche. Check out the lineup right here:
Gene Ween and Dave Dreiwitz
J. Mascis (solo acoustic)
The Nervous Wreckords
Yacht Rock Revue
And there’s this nice little video all about it too.
Sleeper Agent’s “Get It Daddy” Is USA Today’s Pick of the Week!Jul 12 2011
“On this gloriously noisy groove-shifter, guitarist Tony Smith and Alex Kandel come off like Jack and Meg White’s more playful kid cousins as they carom between breakneck syncopated sections and a singalong power-pop chorus.” Read the rest at USA Today.
“Mama, I’m coming home.”Jun 27 2011
While sitting here in a Best Western, next to the O’Hare airport in Chicago, watching Tom & Jerry; I’ve come to the realization that, after tonight, this tour is over. It’s been a month but feels like a decade. I’ve consumed so many cans of tuna and bags of chips that my stomach lurches at the thought of further consumption. This tour has been beautiful and ugly, successful and disastrous. Overall, I feel rather accomplished. I’ve gotten to meet so many amazing people and see such great sights that I almost feel ashamed I spent the first 23 years of my life stumbling around Bowling Green (almost). But, BG is home and I’m getting withdrawals from our Kentucky “hole-in-the-wall”.
Catching up with transplanted hometown friends: Corey Paul (Portland), Sam Landfried (Tempe) and David Speer (Los Angeles). It’s amazing to see how so many friends have spread over the country.
Sharing bottles of champagne with Courtney Taylor of The Dandy Warhols at The Odditorium. I’ve seen the movie DIG! so many times and it was great to get to meet the real Courtney.
Seeing Frankie “Don’t call me Malcolm” Muniz side stage in Tempe, complete with huge bodyguards.
Sipping Bud light tallboys with the ever fabulous Brian Bumbery of BBGun Press and getting to meet the rest of dedicated BBGun team.
Eating ribs. I swear we did this three times and each time was amazing. Ribs at the Summer Roundup in Santa Barbara! Ribs (ala Alex’s dad: Dave Kandel) in Ohio on our much needed day-off. Ribs (courtesy of Justin’s cousin Jody) in Louisville! RIBS , RIBS, RIBS! Not to mention some great pulled pork (and amazing scotch) with Lee’s uncle, Rick.
Meeting the Strokes and Brian from Silversun Pickups. No explanation needed.
Drinking great beer in Saint Louis. Actually, Saint Louis was great all around. Everything that happened there was great.
Lindsey Brynes! Goldie! Billy B! Jeff Azoff! Quiggles! You know who you are.
Spending time with all of our tour brethren: Cage the Elephant, Manchester Orchestra and Company of Thieves. I’m proud to have known all of you.
Last and never least: Meeting all of our fans. Still constantly surprised and bewildered by your overwhelming response to our frumpy band. Thank you so much.
Well, that doesn’t really sum it up. But, there’s no need for a novel. I’m ready to go home for a few days before we head to Milwaukee for Summerfest. I’m ready for our album to come out. I’m ready for whatever. Show me whatcha got! “I am wasted, but I’m ready…” (See: Ben Kweller.)
R.I.P. Zach Woosley (1990-2011). A talented musician, great friend and Bowling Greenian!
CELABRASION Album Cover and Meeting The Strokes…Jun 22 2011
HUGE news today! We’re ready to premiere the cover artwork of our debut album CELABRASION!
We’re also so excited to get the music out to the world that we’re going to iTunes exclusively on August 2nd with a preorder on July 5th. And if you’re one of our amazing fans who already preordered the album from our site, you’ll STILL get the CD in your hands on August 16th! CELABRASION will be available at all other digital retailers (Amazon, Rhapsody, eMusic, etc.) on September 6th.
And if all that isn’t big enough, we just recently met the awesome dudes from…wait for it…THE STROKES!!! Because this may have been the coolest thing to happen to us thus far, we’ll let our drummer Justin(Keyser) give you the full story below.
“We’re not going to make it there in time if they play at 4.” Lee said this with an appropriate amount of pessimism but I didn’t give a shit. We were at least going to get to hang out with our long lost Scottish buddies from Biffy Clyro. We still had two hours to go til we got to Mountain View, CA where Cage and Manchester were playing a radio show with The Strokes and many other bands that are all over alternative rock radio these days.
“Well, they may be playing at a different time. I’m just going by what Nate (Manchester Orchestra’s tour manager) said yesterday. He didn’t seem to sure though.”
The plan was to get to the show in time to see Cage and The Strokes and maybe hang out with the Biffy guys and everyone else that we were touring with at the time. When we finally got into Mountain View and started looking for a place to park our van and trailer everyone was pretty much admitting defeat. I can only speak for myself but I was fucking determined to get into the show. We had backstage passes for Christ’s sake.
We got to the front gates and were in a panic because the will-call window was in the middle of closing down. Eventually Josh talked the woman working the line or tickets were held in to hold the hell up and give us our shit. After wandering around the crowd of people inside the large festival grounds trying not to throw up from the smell of garbage, piss, shit, funnel cakes, and stale beer, we found the backstage area, and Matt and Brad from Cage.
Wandering around and talking to some of the staff we eventually figured out that Cage wasn’t playing until six and The Strokes following at 6:45. This meant it was now going to be impossible to watch them and make it to our show in time.
“Dude,” I said to Lee, “I’m staying until they play. Scott can play my parts for me.” Obviously I didn’t mean it, but Lee (just as disappointed as I was I’m sure) took it the wrong way and walked away before I was able to say anything else that stupid.
Just as Lee walked away Bill B. from RCA walked up to me and Alex and Jordan. “What’s happenin’ guys?!” I looked at the sign on the door he just walked out of and in big bold letters it read “ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING BACK STAGE”. The one next to it said “THE STROKES DRESSING ROOM”. I then realized that Bill was still talking to me and Alex, “Are you guys excited for the show?”
“Would be if we could stay for it,” I responded. I then added jokingly “So I see they have two dressing rooms. Let me guess… one is for Julian and the other one is for the rest of them.”
Bill laughed as if this was a ridiculous notion and said, “No. One’s set up for them to rehearse in and they’re all in the other one right now. Do you want to meet them? Have you ever met them before?”
Not thinking I answered the last question first, “No. I mean Yes I want to meet them. No I haven’t met them before.”
“Follow me, come on.” Bill then led the three of us into the room. Walking in I looked around to see if anyone else from my band was around, but to no avail.
Walking over the threshold and seeing four out of the five of them sitting there I thought about the first time I heard this band and how big of an influence they were on me and everyone else I knew when I was 14 and just starting to play music. These were some of my biggest heroes and now I was standing there looking at Julian as he was shaking my hand saying “Nice to meet you, man.” From this point on the conversation went as follows:
Bill- These guys are in a new up and coming band we’re working with called Sleeper Agent.
Nick V- Right on. Are you guys playing today?
Me- No. We’ve been on the tour supporting Cage the Elephant and Manchester Orchestra. Today and yesterday we’re just doing one off shows until we hook back up with them in Eugene tomorrow.
Julian – Oh cool. Where’d you play yesterday?
Me – Fucking Bakersfield at the festival that didn’t make sense for us to be playing.
Alex – Yeah it was us and a bunch of Hardcore and Screamo bands that sucked.
Julian – Haha. Screamo? I’ve never heard that before.
Nick V- Have you guys ever heard of this new kind of music called krabcore?
Alex and I both – DUDE! The festival in Bakersfield was called Krabfest!
Fab – is that the shit where they stand with their legs real far apart like that dude from Metallica and walk side to side?
Nick V and Nikolai- Yeah like this. (at this time Nick, Nikolai, Fab and I all imitate this action. Julian just sat on the couch and laughed at us.)
Me- So I see that four of you are here. Where’s Albert?
Nikolai- I think he’s still playing ping-pong in the catering area.
Julian and I both- PING-PONG?!
Julian looking at me and putting his shoes on- Dude lets go.
For the next twenty minutes I watched Albert Hammond Jr. play one of the guys in their crew in ping-pong with Julian as he waited his turn.
“What was the name of your band again?” He asked.
“Sleeper Agent. We’re from Kentucky.”
“OH! Sleeper Agent. I thought Bill said something else. I’ve heard of you guys.”
I don’t really remember too much of the conversation that followed before his game was up. Honestly I don’t care because I remember the most important part. Not the part where he recognized my band name, but the part where he sat there laughing as Nick, Nikolai, Fab, and I imitated “krab-core”.
This was one of the coolest things that had ever happened to me.
This Morning…Jun 07 2011
..we woke up to quite a surprise here in Eugene, OR.
If you’ve watched our Tour Vlogs I’m sure you’re familiar with our trusty van Clouseau (his name drawing of course from our little hood ornament the Pink Panther).
In the parking lot across from our hotel we noticed Clouseau had gone missing.
The trailer with all of our equipment and Pringles was sitting there, sans-van, right were we left it.
After a little research we learned it had been towed, even though we had paid for parking.
Long story short, Lee went on a nice 20 minute drive to recover our van at the hotels expense and all was restored to normal upon his return.
Still, we made it from Bowling Green, to Texas, to Arizona, and to California without any major hang-ups so I’m calling this tour a success.
Back to waiting for soundcheck now,
P.S. It gets lonely in the van. Tweet at me. Tell me about your day. Tell me about your dog. Tell me about what books you’ve read. How was your sister’s wedding last week?
Still In Bowling Green…May 13 2011
This break has been way too long. I’m itching to get back on the road. Think I might lose it if I’m home-bound one more day. The good news is we’ll be hitting that dusty trail for a month straight starting with my boys in Cage the Elephant and a band I have yet to meet but already LOVE, Manchester Orchestra. I’m actually giving their new album my first listen right now while writing this. They’re streaming the whole thing here: http://www.columbiarecords.com/simplemath/ I’m already stoked 30 seconds in. And if you think for a second I’m not going to be out in their crowd every night on this tour, well you’re very very wrong. After these dates will be doing some shows on the east coast (finally!) with Company of Thieves (who must like the movie Rushmore even more than my 18-year-old-girl self judging from their video.)
SORRY – Have to interrupt my own babbling to mention that this album is just plain awesome. Andy is just so damn great with his lyrics. Simple Math. I’m blown away. Go listen for yourself.
Alrighty, I’m gonna head out and try to scrape up some cash to go to the zoo today with Tony, Lee, and Scott.
Yes, the zoo. That’s how bored I am being at home. See? Time to get back to touring.