Newcastle rock foursome SleepTape’s new single ‘Benefit’ tells a tale of pragmatic melancholy atop rich layered guitar.
All at once, bright, spacious and deeply emotional, SleepTape’s signature sound weaves together a hearty dose of Lower Than Atlantis and the slightest dash of Idlewild – this is noticeably present in the broad dramatic scenes painted by the able and spectacularly textured instrumentation of guitarist and vocalist Jonathan Lott, guitarist Luke Rogers, bassist Elliot Johnson and the subtle but strong drumming of Dan Butterworth.
The summery, dream-pop inspired indie-rock of SleepTape hovers above a sea of reverberating riffs, with each rise and fall punctuated by driving, punchy riffs and anthemic choruses that match poetry with poignancy.
‘Benefit’s’ refrain of “For the many not for the few, universal don’t mean you” and repeated reminders that “we’re falling into those bad habits again and again” speak to pain, caution and lessons learned.
Though SleepTape is anything but cautious – playing with vigour and a spectacularly well-honed sound – all the pieces are in place for this quartet to succeed.
As vocalist Lott’s voice bellows over the determined performance of his compatriots, the passion, skill and drive of SleepTape are all clearly defined.
If they can stick to these good habits, this is a band that will, no doubt, be making their presence felt and voices heard for years to come.
You can find ‘Benefit’ on all platforms now including Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.