In 2008 the band released their debut EP, “In Today, Already Walks Tomorrow” featuring 6 tracks. The success of the EP proved the catalyst for the band’s international fan base, aiding this, one fan included the track one day you will teach me to let go of my fears on a Twilight movie fan video on Youtube. Topping 200,000 hits in a matter of days, the video briefly exposed the band to a worldwide audience before being taken down. Acclaimed online music community The Silent Ballet listed the track in their top 30 songs from 2008 alongside releases from peers Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Earth and The Samuel Jackson Five.
In Australia, the band developed a cult following, supporting Pelican on their Australian visit. An online friendship with Perth band Tangled Thoughts of Leaving led to the release of a split EP in 2009.
Later that year, founding guitarist Tom Binetter announced his decision to leave the band to pursue a career in law. He was replaced by long-time fan and friend of the band, Otto Wicks-Green. The new lineup began work on what would become the band’s debut record, recording for eight days on location in Wingello State Forest in rural Australia with producer Dax Liniere of Puzzle Factory Sound Studio, Sydney.
…and so we destroyed everything was released through new independent label Bird’s Robe Records in 2011 and topped worldwide sales on Bandcamp within a week. It went on to feature heavily on international radio, including Triple J, BBC6, FBi and featuring as album of the week on KOOP and RTR FM.
The album generated enough buzz for the band to pursue extensive national tours of Australia in regular succession. They were also invited to support American post-metal band Russian Circles and Japan’s Mono and Boris on their Australian visits. During their national tour in support of the record, it was announced that founding drummer Will Smith would be departing to pursue work interests. After a short audition process, the band announced their new drummer, Tim Adderley, also of Sydney band Pirate. The band performed at the 2011 Peats Ridge Festival for New Year’s Eve and announced a national tour for February and March. They were also announced as the national support for Karnivool’s 16-date sold out Australian tour. The success of the band’s album enabled them to tour overseas for the first time. sleepmakeswaves announced they would be performing at the 2012 SXSW music festival during their March US tour. They were also invited to co-headline Belgium’s dunk!festival alongside 65daysofstatic in April, becoming the first Australian band to play at the event. The band completed their first European tour in April 2012, playing 15 dates across 8 countries. In July, the band announced the ‘Now We Rise and We Are Everywhere’ Australian tour for September and were also announced as one of the supports for the Sydney and Melbourne dates of Tortoise’s Australian tour in October.
August 2012 saw “…and so we destroyed everything” released in the USA, with the album debuting at #165 on the CMJ Top 200 radio chart in its first week. The band are currently seeking to arrange a US tour to support the release.
In October it was announced that “…and so we destroyed everything” had been nominated for a 2012 ARIA award for ‘Best Hard Rock / Metal Album.’ The band were also awarded ‘Band Of The Year’ at the 2012 Locies.
sleepmakeswaves have been confirmed as the support for UK electronic-rock band 65daysofstatic on their Australian tour in January 2013.
Edited by kidmakeswaves on 22 Nov 2012, 04:34
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