Sleeper Agent to Tour With Cage the Elephant and Manchester Orchestra
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:33:49
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I love puns, and that is why I will probably love the Sleeper Agent's debut, Celabrasion, which is on the way soon. I also love their publicist, so that makes me want to check them out even more! Guilty by association, in the best kind of way!
So let me tell you about Sleeper Agent. The band will hit the road with fellow Bowling Green natives Cage the Elephant and Atlanta's Manchester Orchestra beginning May 27th. The Agents will be giving audiences a taste of what's to come when they release their riotous debut album, Celabrasion, which will be released via mom + pop music this August.
Describing their music as akin to "The Ronettes on speed," Sleeper Agent make hook-laden scuzzy garage-pop rooted in both soul and Southern rock, all fueled by drummer Justin "Keyser" Wilson's manic rhythms and the dueling harmonizing vocals of vocalist Alex "Kidd" Kandel and guitarist Tony "Tutone" Smith, who is also the band's songwriting force of nature. Not only do they cite such musical artists as Jay Reatard, The Strokes, Pixies, T-Rex, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin as influences, they are also influenced by horror and sci-fi flicks, as well as stand-up comedians. Those are the ingredients for some of my favorite cultural and artistic recipes, so Celabrasion just leapt a few rungs up the ladder of my personal anticipation!
"We just want people to listen to the music and have fun," said Smith. "It's pretty obvious that's what we want when you listen to the album."
Produced by Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, The Whigs) and recorded last July at Nashville's Tragedy/Tragedy Studios, Celabrasion reflects the easy camaraderie in this band. "We've all been involved in the Bowling Green music scene for years," Smith says. "As our other bands wound down, Justin and I decided to form another band in which we'd both sing. After a mutiny occurred with that line-up, we asked Alex to join as the new vocalist, allowing Justin to get back to playing drums. After several different musicians sat in for certain shows, we recruited Lee Scott and Josh Martin to fill out the rest of the missing parts."
Sleeper Agent is Tony "Tutone" Smith (guitar/vocals), Alex "Kidd" Kandel (vocals), Justin "Keyser" Wilson (drums), Lee "Grizzlee" Williams (bass) Scott "Saga" Gardner (keyboard) and Josh "Junior" Martin (guitars).
The band's upcoming tour dates with Cage the Elephant and Manchester Orchestra are as follows:
05/27 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
05/28 Austin, TX Stubb's Bar-B-Q
05/29 Dallas, TX The Palladium Ballroom
05/31 Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theater
06/01 San Diego, CA Soma
06/02 Los Angeles, CA The Music Box
06/07 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater
06/08 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
06/09 Seattle, WA Showbox SODO
Are you going to check out Sleeper Agent on tour with Cage the Elephant and Manchester Orchestra? You should.