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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sleepy Eyes of Death’s 15 Minutes

posted by on July 27 at 13:45 PM

There was a lot of tension in the room before Sleepy Eyes of Death started—the band was scheduled to go on at 6 pm and when they still hadn’t started by 6:30, the crowd had grown restless.

Some blame the sound guy for the long wait, some blame the fact the band has fog machines, lights, six keyboards and synths, live drums, and at least two guitars to set up. Still, it was apparent both teams were clashing when, finally ready to play, the band asked Soundguy to turn off the lights. He refused, shaking his head from the soundbooth. They asked again, unable to start until the lights were off (they have their own, it’s part of their live experience). He finally obliged but not without flipping them off first. Classy, dude.


With the lights out and the first notes hit, the crowd burst with cheers and applause. Most people there, myself included, were waiting nearly 45 minutes or more—it’s too bad they only got to play four songs.

It took over half the short set for the band to hit their stride—they were obviously stressed, pissed about the fact they couldn’t use fog machines (despite the fact they cleared it two weeks in advance, they explained from the stage), and as a result the songs felt rushed.

But when they started “In Parallel,” things fell into place—even without the fog enveloping them, their performance was still striking. The music was loud (maybe a little louder than it needed to be), and the band started going off—guitarists thrashed more than I’ve ever seen ‘em thrash, the drums were hit harder than ever. A little anger does these boys good.


At the end of the set, in a mini-hissy fit, they knocked over the drums and threw a keyboard down. They were pissed. Obviously. And they should’ve been. You need more than 15 minutes with a band like Sleepy Eyes of Death. Their show is an experience, something that you have to get a little lost in. As soon as they hit their stride, the house lights went up, and the crowd filed back out into the sun.

It was my only bummer of the whole weekend.

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Fuck that soundguy for real. Sleepy Eyes seemed to be as cooperative as possible with the fiasco and when the guitarist tried to work things out with the soundguy in the back of the club, all he got was a "fuck you" from the guy working the boards. Good way to conduct yourself and your business.

Posted by DeathToCobra | July 27, 2008 4:16 PM

Just a thought: When playing an already over-booked and tightly-scheduled festival maybe it's not a god idea to take the majority of your set to set up your fog machine.

Got it? Good. Better luck next time kids.

Posted by I'm a Nuclear Bomb | July 27, 2008 10:44 PM

Note to nuclear bomb:

Fog machine set up time - 30 seconds.

Posted by kid-eh. | July 27, 2008 11:09 PM
Some blame the sound guy for the long wait, some blame the fact the band has fog machines, lights, six keyboards and synths, live drums, and at least two guitars to set up.

OK. Next time get your shit set up before hand. That's what that little area to the side of the stage is for. KK and His Weathered Underground played on the main stage with 10+ musicians and yet they managed to pull it off in a timely manner.

To the band: Good luck with that whole "pissing off the sound guy routine." Let me know how that works out for you in the future.

Thanks for playing. Better luck next time.

Posted by I'm a Nuclear Bomb | July 27, 2008 11:36 PM

I'm a Nuclear Bomb: For some reason I don't think pissing off the sound guy at King Cobra will be a long term career limiting move for any band here in town. I was right up front for the set and they were set up quickly. It was then just waiting as the band seemed to plead with the sound guy to do things like TURN ON A MONITOR.

Posted by Snazzy | July 28, 2008 9:41 AM

man, it's like that time the soundman wouldn't let gallagher smash his watermellons on stage. he was left with actually having to tell jokes, and that sucked.

Posted by chops | July 28, 2008 10:38 AM

sleepy eyes of death are the best live band in seattle. they also are one of the most organized, and they plan their set up times meticulously.

Posted by tomo nakayama | July 28, 2008 11:18 AM

I feel need to side with Sleepy Eyes of Death due to the fact that there were problems with multiple bands at King Cobra that day. One band didn't even have vocals their first song. While they may not have seemed as noticeable as Sleepy Eyes, they were all on the sound guy's time. I think a pie in the face is in order.

Posted by razzmatazz | July 28, 2008 2:55 PM

Even though their set was SOOOO short, the room was blistering hot, due to the tiny space and billions of people, I AM HOOKED! They are amazing, and will definetly see them again and again, if they were to play in the same building as Schoolyard Heroes, there would be too much awesome and the building would explode!

Posted by Mike McCarron | July 30, 2008 1:17 AM

Sleepy Eyes of Death pulled off a great set despite the problematic staff and sound at the venue. When Vellela Vellela played in the same venue later, they had sound problems throughout their entire set - including no lead vocals at the opening of the show. People in the audience were yelling for sound guy to fix the problems. Hmmm. I see a pattern here...

Posted by picas | July 30, 2008 6:39 PM

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