‘Great Vacation!’ by Sleeping in the Aviary
Sleeping in the Aviary is a group out of Minneapolis that’s currently out on tour. In the beginning of the summer they played with my friends band Pewter Cub (who I will talk about in another post). I was unable to attend the show due to a sudden sneak attack on my body by my eternal devious enemy sleep, but my good friend Leah was there. She was so impressed with this band, and was strangely reminded of me by the lead singer, she bought me this record thinking I would love it. It’s the third release from Sleeping in the Aviary and Leah was right, I love it.
I can’t find much about the band or their members so I will not have my usual run down of their history and backrounds. I’ll stick to telling you what this record feels like. As for the music, it’s this odd mix of what the kids and top 40 DJs would call “indie pop”, hawaiian luas and psychedelics. The key to this strange mix working so well together is having the right amount of each sound and each instrument. Sometimes when recording music, you put things in that the average listen won’t hear. But if these things are taken out it’s very noticeable. These things are usually low talking vocals or strange noise parts and sometimes a tambourine or two. This band does that extremely well. Each song is a puzzle of instruments melding together in a very clean and pleasant way.
My favorite thing about this band is it’s sense of humour. Songs about getting laid before the ship you’re on sinks or the morbidly hilarious closing track ‘The Very Next Day I Died’ are not only great, but will keep a smile on your face as it gets stuck in your head at the oddest times. More bands need to be willing to be strange and silly. Attack subject matters in a different way. It makes any song more interesting.
So, if you wanna hear more from Sleeping in the Aviary, they are out on tour. Just head over to their facebook for dates. If you want to hear more of their music, they have a bandcamp with this and all their releases up to listen to and buy. Until next time, enjoy.
Song: ‘You Don’t Have to Drive’