In September 2009 The Big Sleep wrote on their website that they had "been hard at work writing new songs and tightening our harmonies". And if BV posts are to be believed, the last time they played a show, or a NYC show anyway, was June of 2008. I guess you could call that a hiatus. The hiatus ends on May 13th when they play a super late show (11:55pm doors) at Mercury Lounge. It's free.