Live Review: Sleep and Dylan Carlson in Brooklyn, 07.27.18

Sleep (Photo by JJ Koczan)

I hadn’t yet had occasion to visit  professional writers Is It Safe To Post College Essays Online guide to writing the perfect essay homework help martin luther king Brooklyn Steel, nestled in among a bunch of still-warehouses in East Williamsburg, and if there was ever to be an occasion,  We offer writing jobs for freelance Ivy League Essays who possess the necessary academic knowledge and skills for a mostly academic customer base in the UK. Sleep rolling through supporting their first new album in 15 years,  Write my ways to start off an essay really cheap! - Don't worry about your writing assignments and enjoy you college life with our trusted essay writing help agency! The Sciences (review here), was probably it. It was the second of two nights in New York for the California-based rifftree growers on a run of select dates, and with support from  writing my school - No more Fs with our top essay services. Best HQ writing services provided by top professionals. professional papers at competitive Earth founder and drone-guitar innovator  cool way to say i love you - Make a quick custom essay with our help and make your tutors shocked All kinds of academic writings & research papers. top Dylan Carlson, the trip was all the more essential. I got there about 45 minutes before doors, it was lightly raining, and the line was building outside the door. I and my umbrella and my cosmic backpack joined the growing sea of black t-shirts, many of them with  Essay Empire is a leading firm in the UK to do your essay efficiently. Just tell us, please write my Phd Thesis Mary Ann Quarry Villanova and get a top-quality paper at cheap. Sleep logos on front. Given that they’ve been playing the borough since eight years ago (review here) when their then-fledgling reunion was just getting started, seems fair enough they’d have sold some merch along the way. The line was certainly long enough for just about the entirety of this show to run out of the night’s stock in wearables.

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Different styles, sure, but still incredible what  We are professional Professional Writers For Dissertations based in London, UK. We offer the most affordable and bespoke business plan writing services including Tier-1 Carlson can do with essentially the same method: him and a guitar. Parts of his set did seem to reference some of  Earth‘s groundbreaking dives into Americana, but the effect of his being alone on that stage isn’t to be understated either. Brooklyn Steel is not a small room, and it was getting more and more packed with the sold-out crowd as he played. He’s not light on years served, but even if what he’s doing now isn’t revolutionary for him in terms of aesthetics, the methodology is new and the explorations are fresh. Watching him from upstairs, I couldn’t help but think of the enduring boldness in his craft. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing him a few times over the years, and he’s always humble and thoughtful and reserved, and his stage persona is much the same, but there’s a bravery beneath that which underscores everything he does and which, one imagines, has played no small part in his will toward sonic pioneering, in Earth and out. It was a pleasure to watch him bring these sounds to life, even if the crowd murmur got louder as the set went on.

It was a little after 10PM when Sleep went on, and the crowd seemed good and greased. Friday night, riffs, beers, a cool new space with good sound — hell of a way to spend an evening. As is my wont, I’d set up shop in the back of the room, shaped somewhat like a stretched out Irving Plaza with a balcony in back and around the sides and two sets of stairs, one reserved for those with VIP passes, but I made my way up for pictures and it was absolutely jammed. One could leave the main space and go to the hallway for easier back and forth, but between bands, the outside bar, food area and merch space was also packed-house. Fair enough. A recording of what seemed to be astronauts talking to mission control from orbit — one of them kept saying “rodge” instead of “roger” — played as the band’s extended introduction, and bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike and drummer Jason Roeder eventually came out to the delight of all parties, feedbacking their way into “Marijuanaut’s Theme” from the new album.

The Sciences would feature prominently in the set, and rightly so. Not to put too fine a point on it, but I was there to see them play the new stuff. I’ll never, ever, complain about watching Sleep do cuts from 1993’s classic and hugely influential Sleep’s Holy Mountain (reissue review here), and it’s a thrill every time they dig into pieces of the no-less-landmark Dopesmoker (discussed here) — they wouldn’t this time, but reportedly had the night before — but The Sciences is the first longer-form presentation of who Sleep are today, and that’s what I was there for. They played their 2014 single “The Clarity” (review here), which fit right in the set alongside “Marijunaut’s Theme,” the later jam on “The Botanist” and “Giza Butler,” which in terms of sheer riffing might’ve been the highlight of the show. Its bouncing progression is peak-stoner on the record, and it was fun to watch Cisneros actually bounce while playing it, and as Roeder rolled out groove after groove after groove, not only tapping the snare on older songs like “Holy Mountain” and “From Beyond” and “Aquarian” from Sleep’s Holy Mountain in the spirit of original drummer Chris Hakius, but showcasing his own style as well there and in the cymbal and tom work of the new material, Pike made each solo an epic, leaning back with the stage presence of a gritty veteran, still a rousing complement to Cisneros‘ shamanic aura. As with any of history’s best power trios, the drums are the anchor.

I won’t debate the impact of Sleep‘s riffing, Sleep‘s volume, Sleep‘s stage chemistry or — just to keep the thing going with possessives — Sleep’s Holy Mountain, but it’s worth noting that as the set lumbered into its second hour, their quiet moments seemed to have as much to do with the overall vibe as the loud. The dip in “Holy Mountain” early, and certainly righteous plunge of the post-The Sciences surprise single “Leagues Beneath” (discussed here) provided subdued and/or exploratory stretches, and these brought a sense of atmosphere to the proceedings, not necessarily to offset the distorted barrage from the mass of speaker cabinets assembled on stage — Cisneros‘ four Ampeg 8x10s lined up in a row with a head on each, Pike‘s Orange cabs built up like a pyramid behind him, heads peppered about — but to add to it in much the same way that the band members’ individual stage presences complement each other. As they made their way through “The Botanist” toward “From Beyond” at the end of the regular set, the dynamic only grew, and when they came back out for “Dragonaut” as an encore, though they were coming up against midnight, the crowd, many of whom were also on their second show in two nights, was still more than willing to be astounded one more time. And so they were.

For me to sit here and call Sleep legends says nothing. Far more respected sources have said the same for years, and likely more eloquently/efficiently than I could. Whatever. The more important thing, particularly as regards this show, is how fluidly Sleep have transitioned from a reunion band to a working one. Their reunion started nine years ago, so it’s not exactly a surprise to see at this point, but the context has changed now that they’re supporting a new album, not just playing songs from a back catalog. The new material fit seamlessly with the old, and the band was both comfortable and actively enjoying playing it, and the audience was as dug into “Giza Butler” — though really, who wouldn’t be if you’re there? — as they were into “Aquarian” just before. Sleep weren’t exactly lacking in relevance before, but it was a welcome opportunity to watch them arrive at new heights in that, and after they released what’s arguably 2018’s most crucial heavy album, to see the force with which they manifest it on stage made one feel lucky to be alive.

Special thanks to Damon Kelly and Tim Bugbee and Suze Wright for making this one happen. More Sleep pics after the jump. Thanks for reading.


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6 Responses to “Live Review: Sleep and Dylan Carlson in Brooklyn, 07.27.18”

  1. Ryno says:

    Good words.
    Great shots.
    Can’t wait to see them.

  2. Seanofthedead says:

    Glorious show as usual with these guys. I always end up in a real good head space when I see these guys play…

    Excellent write up as always as well!

    I have Serious question here…

    With the new Album being on Third Man do you think The Sciences could be nominated for a Grammy? I think with the Jack White “cred” (for whatever that is worth) and the positive reviews from well respected mainstream media (NPR) there is a chance for SLEEP to be nominated in the dreaded “Hard Rock / Heavy Metal” category. Seems like the kind of nomination that would make the Grammy voters seem “edgy”…

    Anyone have thoughts on this or am I just high?

  3. Dave says:

    Great review and photos (the one of Pike holding a note in the spotlight is epic).

    I couldn’t make the Boston show Saturday :(

    Did you buy a t-shirt?

    • JJ Koczan says:

      I didn’t. They were gone by the time I was thinking about it. I bought an Earth shirt from Dylan Carlson and a poster for my sister, who’d purchased tickets but couldn’t ultimately make the show.

      • rube says:

        Curious – how much were t-shirts? They were $45 Canadian at the Toronto show last week. The lineup for merch went down a corridor and up three flights of stairs. It’s incredible that 15-20 years ago beyond our scene nobody knew Sleep at all…glad to see them getting the recognition and being able to pay the bills. The Toronto show was absolutely epic – ‘an evening with’ – two sets and about a 2.5 hr run time. They started set 2 with the first half of Dopesmoker. Would have loved to hear it all the way through but them’s the breaks.

        • JJ Koczan says:

          I think they were $35 US in Brooklyn? Could’ve been an exchange rate thing, though I’d think the USD was tanking at this point. Or there could’ve been something else at play.

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