Sunsleeper | You Can Miss Something & Not Want It Back
Label: Rude Records
Release Date: July 12, 2019
Review by: Alleen Hughes
This week is one for celebration for Sunsleeper since the SLC native’s debut album You Can Miss Something & Not Want It Back will release via Rude Records. It’s been three years since the release of their first EP and now the emo-rock band have put together 10 tracks that listeners will instantly want to add to their playlists.
As a fan of Citizen and Trophy Eyes, I found similarities within this band of those two when I first heard their EP Stay The Same in 2016. Fast forward three years later and things have exponentially advanced in their writing and presentation. The album begins with an acoustic track that is like a foreshadowing intro to the album’s story. What immediately caught my attention with these songs is you could feel the mutual respect the band members have for one another. Nobody was out shined and everyone got spotlight/solo moments throughout the album showcasing how well they musically compliment each other.
Sunsleeper give out a moody/shoegaze tone but more this time around they dove deeper into the early 2000’s emo influence to help really lay out this personal piece’s message. The band used this opportunity to create something that reflected different points of the members’ lives. One including is vocalist Jeffrey Mudgett who opens up in “No Cure” about a big musical influence of his who was outed for sexual misconduct in 2017. Just by listening to the song, you can guess who Mudgett is referring to by the style of the track alone. It’s almost like an homage and a breakup letter to someone you look up to all wrapped into one.
Sunsleeper did an outstanding job on this debut album. I found myself struggling to find which tracks were my favorite because they honestly are all that good and each song offers something different than the last. The moody vibes and shoegaze styled guitar riffs are perfect for the upcoming Fall season so keep this one handy once the seasons change.
Feel the Same
I Hope You’re Okay
You Can’t Please Everyone