Q&A with The Art Of Sleeping

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Photo courtesy of The Art Of Sleeping

It seems that Brisbane can't get enough of producing more and more awesome bands. Yes, The Art Of Sleeping is an indie-rock from Brisbane, Australia. Unlike the name though, their music isn't sleepy at all. It is dreamy and uplifting even. 

The band is going to release their second single. And in celebration of this, they're going to have a tour this June and early July. We've seen them live, and they were brilliant! Check out our interview with Jarryd and also for their latest music video Empty Hands:

Who makes up your band?
Caleb Hodges does the vocals and guitars, Francois Malengret is the bassist, his brother Jean-Paul is the drummer, Patrick Silver plays guitar and I (Jarryd Shuker) play the keys.

What's the story behind your band's name?

It was never intended to be all deep and meaningful, but Caleb is a bit of a night owl so he tends to stay up and write music in the middle of the night.

Tell us about your single Empty Hands: 

The week before our single release we couldn’t decide which song we wanted to put out first.  We actually changed our mind on the very last day - so as you can imagine we’re itching to release some more music! In terms of the meaning, Empty Hands actually is the narrative of someone who feels like a beggar with nothing to offer but is loved unconditionally by someone regardless.

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m actually writing this from the recording studio. We’re just putting the finishing touches on our upcoming EP. We will be releasing another single next week then we’re travelling down the east coast for a tour at the end of June. We're looking forward to getting on the road again!

I caught you guys at The Toff at Owl Eyes gig. You guys were awesome! What was a highlight of your support of Owl Eyes? Thanks so much! The show at Northcote Social in Melbourne was a definite highlight; the
crowd was amazing and we had really started to settle into our set – there was such a great atmosphere in the room!

Tell us 5 random facts about your band: 

1) I’m not sure how it started but we have a weird tradition where one of us has to wear a Mexican poncho at every show.
2) We all take earplugs on tour because our manager snores like a rhinoceros. 
3) We found Pat playing guitar in a blues bar. He was absolutely tearing the place apart so we asked him over for a jam.
4) A few years ago Caleb's house burned to the ground and his guitar was the only thing he owned that was not incinerated. The heat ruined the timber but its still his favourite guitar to play.
5) Jean-Paul's grandmother lives in a granny flat next to our practice room. She knows all the songs and always offers to sing if Caleb gets sick!

Here's their music video of their latest single. New single coming up soon!

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