It has taken Sleep Experiments, an outfit made up of Stewart, Johnson, and guitarist Phil Jacoby, a little while to find their niche in the local scene. “In the beginning, we struggled a bit to find our place,” says Stewart. “We played shows at Howlers when we were still a sitting-down band and some other shows that just absolutely did not make sense for what we were trying to do. All we saw around us was rock ‘n roll. That was hard for a little while. Then we started to see these other bands that were doing pretty beautiful work, and bands that are actually quite different from us, but [who] have a similar vision for music in the city. I feel like we’ve found a home at this point in time.”
[Disclosure: Sleep Experiments is a member of the music collective Golden Magnet, which my band Host Skull is also a member of.]
In anticipation of the release of Passages, I caught up with Morgan Stewart to discuss the band’s progression from their early three-guitar experiments and the artistic benefits of the trio’s tight friendship. Listen below.
Sleep Experiments will release their second album Passages on Friday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m. in the Ace Hotel Ballroom. The album will be available on the band’s Bandcamp page.