Sleeping At Last

20 Sep

“Sincere, Organic, and Introspective.”

Sleeping At Last formed in 1998 and have built up a strong following all over the world. From Wheaton, Illinois, the band consists of Ryan O’Neal, who is the lead singer and plays piano and guitar, and Dan Perdue playing bass and keys. Right now, they are currently in the process of releasing twelve EPs with each being named after the month it is released. This clever project is titled, “Yearbook.” Sleeping At Last are full of talent and are completely genuine to all of their fans. If you have not had the opportunity to listen to these guys, take a few minutes, click the audio link below, and get a preview of the immense amount of talent that these two dispense. You’ll be happy you did.

Q. You guys are from Wheaton, Illinois. What is your most memorable show you’ve played in Illinois so far?

A. Dan: We’ve played so many shows in Illinois.  When we first started we were playing up to like three times a week, all in Illinois.  So it’s hard to pick a favorite.  But probably one of my favorites was the release show for our most recent album “Storyboards”.  It was at one our favorite venues in Chicago, the Park West.  I had a lot of fun at that one.  Also maybe one of our first shows with a string quartet at the Metro was a really great experience.

Q. Your songs have appeared on the hit TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. What was your first reaction when you heard that your songs were being used for television?

A. Ryan: We were so thrilled and honored! It’s an exciting thing to hear something we’ve created all of sudden appear in a TV show we’ve seen before… seems kind of magical. We’re real grateful for such nice opportunities.

Q. Who are some of your favorite bands around right now?

A. Dan: Some current favorites right now are The National, Arcade Fire, Beach House, and Vampire Weekend.  They’ve all released some great albums in the past year.

Ryan: Recent favorites are: Joanna Newsom = incredible. I like St. Vincent’s recent record a lot… Fleet Foxes are great. Phoenix… I’ve been a fan of theirs’ since their first record and have loved ‘em ever since.

Q. If you had to choose your favorite lyrics from only one of your songs, which would it be and why?

A. Ryan: Wow, I’m not sure! Each of them mean a lot to me, obviously, but I can’t think of an absolute favorite.

Q. The following quote, pulled from your biography off of your website, is very meaningful to your fans all around the world. “We don’t like to call our listeners ‘fans’ because we pretty much befriend anyone who’s kind enough to talk to us and truly consider them ‘friends.” Do you feel the strongest connection to your ‘friends’ when playing for them live or when you’re making music in the studio for them to hear?

A. Dan: I would say usually it’s at shows that you get the most connection with the audience.  You get to meet them and talk to them afterwards and really get to know some of them.  But more recently we’ve been using facebook and twitter a lot more and you can get a lot of that connection through that as well.  Which is nice now that we’re in the studio a lot more.

Q. Who has been some of your favorite artists you’ve shared the stage with?

A. Dan: We’ve been very lucky to get to play with a lot of great artists. I think probably one that stands out a lot for me would be Switchfoot.  We met them very early in our career and they have been so kind to us ever since.  They actually even filmed our first show together and sent it to some of their contacts at some labels.  We were not very good then but they were still nice enough to do that for us.  We’ve played with them many times since and they are really the nicest and most down to earth guys you’ll ever meet.

Q. If you had to describe your sound in three words, what would they be?       

A. Dan: This is always a hard question for us but here it goes.  Sincere, Organic, and Introspective.

Q. The artwork on all three of your full-length CD’s is like a breath of fresh air. It’s completely different than what you see on the shelves. What is the process in choosing how you want the cover of your album to look like?

A. Ryan: Firstly, thank you! That’s nice to hear. A few years ago, we became away of an incredible painter from Kansas named, Geoff Benzing. And we began working with him right away… I can honestly say, he’s my favorite painter in the world. Since we first laid eyes on his beautiful art, we’ve been fortunate enough to have had an incredible artistic/creative relationship with him, as he has painted several album covers of ours, along with website art, etc. For each album, we have a general idea of what type of imagery we want for the art, and Geoff’s work is always perfectly fitting. The process has been different each project we work on together… sometimes we’ll have an idea in our head and will ask him to paint it in his gorgeous and unique perspective (which always works out perfectly!) and other times we’ll browse through his previous work and something will just feel like a perfect match for what we’re looking for. It’s been amazing and we’re so excited to continue to have his art represent our music. We’re privileged.

Q. One of my favorite songs of yours is “Green Screens”. The music video for the song is just as amazing. What is the idea behind the video?

A. Ryan: So glad you like it! It’s another example of our luck with working with incredible artists in relation to our music! The video was animated, directed and created by Javan Ivey, who I randomly stumbled upon a year or so before that video came to be. I got in touch and he was kind enough to be interested in working with us! So, a music video made a lot of sense… and after listening to the song a bunch, Javan put together this beautiful film! We love it a lot. Something you can’t probably tell from watching it, is that everything in the video is extremely tiny paper cut outs that Javan handcrafted! Gifted fellow, indeed!

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. Dan: That’s a tough one.  I would maybe pick “Porcelain”.  That’s one of my favorites right now.

Ryan: I’m a sucker for what song is our newest. So, right now, I’d pick a brand new song called “Homesick,” which will be released as part of our YEARBOOK project real soon!

Click on the link below to hear “Porcelain”


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