Utah rockers Sunsleeper have dropped their debut recording You Can Miss Something & Not Want It Back and it’s quite the little gem. An unassuming band, they have quietly gone about their business dropping this melodic beauty in a world packed with chaos cookie-cutter bands Sunsleeper rise above the norm.
The album opens up with a gentle nudge with a short but sweet into in the form of ‘Feel The Same’ before it kicks into life with track no.2 ‘Soften Up’ which is a punchy ode to college rock bands of days of old like The Gin Blossoms and L.A. rockers Dada. There’s a beautiful harmonious vocal quality to the songs that envelops you as a listener and draws you in song after song, the soft sweeping ‘Souvenir’ showcases their songwriting quality and why they’re not just another run of the mill band churning out forgettable numbers but a collective of musicians who pour their hearts and souls into their craft and have laid it out beautifully across ten stellar tracks.
Speaking of the title and theme of YCMS&NWIB, frontman Jeffery Mudgett says, “You Can Miss Something & Not Want It Back’ chronicles the process of wrestling with the understanding of change and learning to accept it. More specifically the songs cover some of the harder to swallow circumstances from the time between our debut EP (2016’s ‘Stay The Safe’) and recording the full length. This includes losing band members, the falling of my biggest musical influence/ “idol”, wrestling with anxiety and low self-worth.”
Heavy subject matters indeed, but isn’t that what life is, mixing it up between the mundane and the majestic and trying to balance it all? Sunsleeper has produced an album for the independent thinker, an honest and individual recording that deserves your attention.
You Can Miss Something And Not Want It Back is out now via Rude Records
Feel The Same
I Hope You’re Ok
You Can’t Please Everyone
Jeffery Mudgett (Vocals/Guitar)
Matt Mascarenas (Guitar)
Cody Capener (Guitar)
Jacob Lara (Bass)
Scott Schilling (Drums)