Sleepy Vikings – They Will Find You [Album Review, SxSW 2011]

by Woody on March 14, 2011

Sleepy Vikings are a band from Tampa worth checking out at SxSW. The six-piece plays a jangly brand of shoegaze – a brand that I typically don’t reach for when grabbing new music. But after receiving an email from Conner, the lead guitarist, I was hooked on his handy work.

While most bands labeled as “shoegaze” tend to lose me after a few tunes, I found myself anxious to see what tricks were coming up next. Maybe its because I am sucker for bands that work the male-female vocals, but I think it’s mostly because they put forth a great effort to create an album full of turns and twists while never veering far from their sound’s foundation.

I am in love with “Flashlight Tag.” The song is a little more upbeat than the others and Tessa McKenna’s vocals are spot on. Full of tempo changes, the tune wouldn’t miss a beat on 120 Minutes. “Dear Long Distance” is another favorite that features Conner on lead vocal duties.

Sleepy Vikings have a sound reminiscent of 90s college radio. And while I wouldn’t call that my wheelhouse, The Sleepy Vikings have me hooked. I will be catching them in Austin in a couple days.

Sleepy Vikings – Calm

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Debbie March 18, 2011 at 10:41 pm

The new CD is fantastic-I’m hooked, been hooked-I’m so amazed and proud of the band. Kick it in Austin!

Club Dj March 21, 2011 at 2:31 am

Thanks for sharing this post with us here. Sleepy Vikings are really worth checking out at SxSW. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers!!! 🙂

Bobby C March 22, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Songs with fantastic hooks that reach outside the box. Nice to hear substance in a world filled with noise.

Tim April 3, 2011 at 10:56 am

Hey now! These guys remind me a tad bit of The Anniversary! I miss that band. Thought they could have been pretty great! Thanks for the rec! Look’n forward to hearing the full LP!

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