Retroactive Classic: Team Sleep
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 14:37:47
A look back at the self-titled opus from Deftones singer Chino Moreno's "first" other band...
Team Sleep's self-titled debut really did start something of a revolution. If you think about it, indie rock, alternative, or whatever you want to call it didn't sound like it does now until after the first offering from Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno and friends Todd Wilkinson, Ricky Verrett, CrookOne, and Zach Hill-pre Death Grips. That lo-fi buzz you get from so many bands these days whether it's Best Coast or Alt-J was merely a whisper back in 2005 when Team Sleep's self-titled debut dropped. Rock music was split between the heavier swells of hard rock and the nascent post-Radiohead swells of Hail to the Thief. It was time when hip-hop ruled over everything before EDM was an acronym on the tip of everybody's tongue and records still sold. Suffice to say, hearing the elegant noir electronics and guitar drone of Team Sleep felt undeniably refreshing within that world. Given Moreno's profile the project received instant attention and the band embarked on a marathon of touring. However, it's in hindsight that it's really clear just how important this album was and still is.
Team Sleep's DNA is steeped in everything from the mixtape cackle of late eighties and early nineties hip-hop to the space rock of Hum and Gish-era Smashing Pumpkins and the artful heavy grace of Sunny Day Real Estate. The comparisons stop there though. The Sacramento boys took those signatures and transmuted into something that lived and breathed at its own pace with its own darkness and definitive dynamics.