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Sleep Out

Black Cat Found OUT NOW!


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It’s been four years since Sleep Out released its sophomore album, Not Even Dust— an ode penned by songwriter Quinn Goodwillie to Chicago’s Graceland Cemetery. The album’s macabre subject matter intrinsically connected with Sleep Out’s-brand of dream pop, leading Sound Opinion’s Jim DeRogatis to call Not Even Dust “one of the strongest indie-pop discs to emerge from the underground music scene in the new millennium.”

As it is, Not Even Dust is a fall album, but their follow up—which emerges about 49 full moons later—is summer personified. Black Cat Found is warm and breezy, like a June night driving around the city; everything sounds better with the windows down. The airiness of Black Cat Found, is not surprising: In the time between recording the two albums, one baby was born, three members got married and two babies are due at the end of the summer. Goodwillie says, “I think overall, that crazy amount of good fortune and happiness has made this a much more upbeat and optimistic album than Not Even Dust.”

This is shoegaze, looking in the opposite direction.

“Hammers and Veils” sounds like lost Darklands-era Jesus and Mary Chain—fitting, as that’s when the latter band also followed up the sullen with the more “sunny”—and the album’s standout single, “Ether Ore,” is a lush and loud head-rocker, while instrumental “1000” emerges like a dawn on that early summer day, segueing into the album’s final six minutes with the ethereal slowburn, “Leelanau.”

For the return of Sleep Out, the band teamed up with producer and Badman Recording Co label owner Dylan Magierek (Mark Kozelek, Starf*cker) at Type Foundry studios in Portland, OR. Returning to Chicago, the band continued the recording process with producer Mike Lust (Tight Phantomz, William Elliot Whitmore) at Phantom Manor Studios, completing 5 of the album’s tracks which included enhancing songs that Goodwillie had recorded in his home studio.


released 25 June 2012
Sleep Out – Black Cat Found
All songs by Sleep Out. All words by Quinn Goodwillie. All Rights Reserved © 2012, Echoic (ASCAP)
Recorded by Dylan Magierek at Type Foundry Studios (Portland, OR), Mike Lust at Phantom Manor (Chicago, IL) and Quinn Goodwillie at Guest Room (Evanston, IL).
Produced by Mike Lust, Dylan Magierek and Sleep Out
Quinn Goodwillie – Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Pete Croke – Bass guitar
Ben Geier – Drums and percussion
Sam Grant – Guitar
Eddie Lo – Keyboards
Spiritual advisement by Nate Bartley. Additional guitars on “Leelanau” by Kevin J. Frank.
Black Cat Found is dedicated with love to our family and friends.


Nate’s Goodbye Show at Quenchers

Via for immediate release!!!

“Like a defeated wizard or an Arby’s sandwich, we are both sad and proud to announce that our drummer, Nate Bartley, will be moving to Minnesota. In bittersweet celebration, we are playing a show at Quenchers on Jan 14 with our good friends, Sleep Out andPost Honeymoon.


Saturday, January 14
2401 N. Western Ave 
Chicago, IL 
w/ Driftless Pony Club, Sleep Out, Post Honeymoon

9pm 21+

Oh yeah, I forgot we had a website

Follow us on twitter @sleepout! You’ll get tons of updates about all sorts of things. Also - this - tomorrow!!!!!

New song up on our bandcamp site

Also, updates happen more frequently on our twitter account - follow us @sleepout. Hope you like the song! New album soonish.

Things are happening - just look!!!

Demos, demos, demos, demos!! Huskies!! DEMOS!!!


Tuesday, April 13th @ Subt w/ Vacations (ex-Chin Up Chin Up) and Francis and the Lights

Join us for some QT with our pals in Vacations. It’s on a Tuesday - come on, what else were you planning on doing?

TUE 04/13/2010 Buy Tickets Online
DOORS @ 8:30 PM | SHOW @ 9:00 PM | 17 & OVER
TICKETS: $10.00

VACATIONS (ex-Chin Up Chin Up)

CD Baby & Haiti Earthquake Relief Donations

From 1/25 until 2/8 cdbaby will donate $1 of every CD sold toward Haitian relief. During this two week period, Sleep Out will donate the entire remainder of the sale. Both of our records are for sale at CDbaby. So if you ever felt like buying a physical copy of our album, now would be a great time to do it.  Thanks! SO. 


Sleep Out featured on Heartphone records comp

We’re excited to announce that we’ve been included on Heartphone Records‘ “Codes For Go” comp along side Graham Smith (Kleenex Girl Wonder - first band I was in!), Mike Downey (Wolfie, New Constitution), hollAnd, Hanaeli (Brian Moss of the Ghost) and many more.  Download the comp for free by clicking the cover image below:

The comp features one of the first ever Sleep Out songs “The Ride Home” which was recorded at Graham Smith’s Chicago apartment (before he departed for NYC). Graham’s place was right by a bodega that had delicious chips and homemade spicy salsa. We’d eat a lot of that when I visited. Graham was nice enough to record and play keyboard on one of the very first Sleep Out jams after a chips and salsa session. Enjoy!

Sleep Out interviewed on POPNZ blog…best SO interview yet!

Bekka from P0PNZ asked us the tough questions and we dug deep to give her the answers.  She even doctored our press photo and made it a lot better.  Check out the interview here!

Field Music are straight illin’ -get well soon!

Field Music have apparently become the latest victims of the swine flu epidemic. We are sorry to hear of their ill health and wish them a speedy recovery! Luckily, Sleep Out and Canasta’s immune systems remain strong and thusly, the show will go on! The door time has been pushed back slightly and I think Canasta will play at 10pm with Sleep Out at 11pm. We realize this may disappoint a lot of you but we hope you’ll come out anyway. Thanks, Sleep Out

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