Posted in music | tour dates on February 21, 2008

A few years ago, Big Sleep drummer Gabe Rhodes bought a dodgy little cabin for a song. Two hours north of New York City, the thing teeters on pillars of rock and cement that appear to have been poured by a junior-high shop class or maybe drunk trappers circa 1780. Inside, three small cozy rooms with beautiful exposed rafters, fireplaces, hanging lanterns and more candles than you can count. No plumbing. No electricity. And The Big Sleep needs electricity like Prince needs purple. So, how to make one of the loudest live bands in New York City come alive ? Behind the cabin, there's a gasoline-powered generator that Gabe uses for power tools. The band had never plugged its amps into a gas-generator. After five minutes of sound-checking, the amps started warbling and guitarist Danny Barria was worried : "I think this amp is melting down," he said. "Let's kill the power for a minute and then let's do this take." The result is a thunderous and intimate misfit moment : The Big Sleep â€" dar ! kness, long-hair, provisioners of noise â€" pulverizing the stunning serenity like a bully does to the good student. The cabin stood. [La Blogoteque]
The Big Sleep' new record "Sleep Forever" is out now on Frenchkiss. Help them celebrate tonight at Mercury Lounge w/ Sian Alice Group, Priestbird, and Heavy Creatures. DJ Chris Alker spins between sets. More tour dates below...

The Big Sleep - 2008 Tour Dates
Feb 21 - MERCURY LOUNGE RECORD RELEASE SHOW New York, New York
Feb 27 - Messiah College Larsen Student Union Grantham, Pennsylvania
Feb 28 - Black Cat Backstage w/ Statehood Washington,, Washington DC
Mar 1 - Great Scott w/ Say Hi Allston, Massachusetts
Mar 5 - The Boot w/ Say Hi Norfolk, Virginia
Mar 6 - Local 506 w/ Say Hi Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mar 7 - Drunken Unicorn w/Say Hi Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 8 - Bottle Tree w/ Say Hi Birmingham, Alabama
Mar 10 - Hi-Tone Cafe w/ Birds of Avalon & The New Mary Jane Memphis, Tennessee
Mar 12 - SXSW - Mohawk (FRENCHKISS SHOWCASE) Austin, Texas
Mar 13 - SXSW - Red Eyed Fly (NoisePop Party) Austin, Texas
Mar 14 - SXSW - Beauty Bar Day Party Austin, Texas
Mar 14 - SXSW - Guero's - Boxing Lesson CD Release Party Austin, Texas
Mar 15 - SXSW - Saxon Pub (Outside Distro Party) Austin, Texas
Mar 18 - Blue Bird w/ Old Time Relijun Bloomington, Indiana
Mar 19 - AV-Aerie w/ Parts and Labor Chicago, Illinois
Mar 20 - Ravari Room w/ Wax Fang Columbus, Ohio
Mar 31 - Blind Pig ** Ann Arbor, Michigan
Apr 1 - Opera House ** Toronto, Ontario
Apr 2 - Club at Water Street Music Hall ** Rochester, New York
Apr 3 - Lupo's ** Providence, Rhode Island
Apr 4 - Black Cat w/ Les Savy Fav and the Dodos Washington, Washington DC
Apr 5 - TLA w/ Les Savy Fav and the Dodos Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Apr 6 - Paradise Rock Club ** Boston, Massachusetts
Apr 7 - Webster Hall ** NYC, New York
Apr 9 - Recher Theatre ** Towson, Maryland
Apr 10 - Satellite Ballroom ** Charlottesville, Virginia
Apr 12 - Bogart's ** Cincinnati, Ohio
Apr 13 - House of Blues ** Cleveland, Ohio
Apr 15 - Blue Bird ** Bloomington, Indiana
Apr 16 - House of Blues ** Chicago, Illinois
Apr 17 - Club 770 - U of W ** Madison, Wisconsin
Apr 18 - Blue Note ** Columbia, Missouri
Apr 21 - Boulder Theater ** Boulder, Colorado
Apr 22 - In The Venue ** Salt Lake City, Utah
Apr 23 - House of Blues ** Las Vegas, Nevada
Apr 29 - Bimbo's ** San Francisco, California

** w/Minus The Bear & Portugal The Man

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Comments (23)

Aptly named band!

Posted by schlep | February 21, 2008 3:33 PM

agree. kinda boring.

Posted by eric | February 21, 2008 3:49 PM

their last album was ok

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 3:54 PM

huh? ur nuts...go see them tonight - live is a whole different experience.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:04 PM

terribly dull band that only gets shows to open for bigger bands on their record label and/or bigger bands booked by their booking agency

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:10 PM

Anybody who says the Big Sleep is terribly dull has never seen them live. Incredible.

Posted by TD | February 21, 2008 4:14 PM

I saw the Big Sleep once at the BV CMJ showcase at Annex. Nothing special.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:17 PM

I've seen Big Sleep live. They're competent players playing really run of the mill schlock. made me sleepy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:20 PM

They are soooooo boring live. I've seen them about 4 times now (they SOMEHOW always happen to be the opener) and they start out awesome for 15 minutes and then drag the rest of the set on/play way too long.

Posted by TC | February 21, 2008 4:21 PM

cool. then stay away from mercury tonight so i don't have to worry about getting in right before they come on. thanks.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:27 PM

I've seen them three times. Twice as headliners. And I thought they were awesome all three times.

Posted by Sha-na-na-nomynous | February 21, 2008 4:39 PM

I love this band. I'm happy to have the haters stay away, more band for us. And for those of you who don't know them- see them live. STAT. As in tonight!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 4:49 PM

i love them too, they're incredibly talented and awesome live. go see them if you like good music, otherwise stay the hell out!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 5:53 PM

ya'll should check out Sian Alice Group, that's who everyone is gonna be jockin' soon.

Posted by dude | February 21, 2008 6:02 PM

oh and big sleep are tha bomb!

Posted by dude | February 21, 2008 6:02 PM

I love everything!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 6:04 PM

I hate EVERYTHING!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 7:08 PM

"ya'll should check out Sian Alice Group, that's who everyone is gonna be jockin' soon."


I caught them last week opening for growing , and they are amazing/ beautiful live . They are definitely going to be big soon .

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 7:32 PM

Big Sleep.....exciting for a few minutes and then somehow send me on a downward spiral downwards....from their repetitive sound, over, and over again.

They were okay live and thats about it......

I caught a sample of some of the songs of their new album, and for an album produced by Tv on the Radio's producer, I have to say I was pretty bored and not excited.

Good luck Big Sleep!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 9:46 PM

Whoa....pretentious music and extremely pretentious video.....who wants to see these guys staring at the ground playing some borderline generic beats.....not me.....so sorry I even hit play for that video.

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2008 9:53 PM

This show sold out and the room was completely packed for Big Sleep's set. Say what you will about whether you like them or not, they have fans and not just a few.

Posted by Sha-na-na-nomynous | February 22, 2008 12:53 PM

Dammit, Feb. 22 12:53 PM, correct the spelling of your commenter name and get rid of the extraneous 'na' while you're at it.

Posted by Pissed off | February 22, 2008 1:22 PM

They just sound like anybody's little brother's garage band. But it IS rock music, and if you turn it up REAL LOUD it will seem good to a lot of people. So they should go ahead and do that!

Posted by schlep | February 22, 2008 1:28 PM

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