GLOOM SLEEPER - A Void LP

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    Yes - GLOOM SLEEPER are very late to the post-punk party, but they don't particularly sound like the contemporary and earlier bands of the genre. Nothing from this release sounds dated or trite. GLOOM SLEEPER's style extends from post-punk to new wave, from gothic atmosphere builders to upbeat guitar pop. The band used the recording session to create a textured sonic art that married a breath taking understanding of atmosphere (without loosing its punky edge) with a sense of emotional fury. The music soars where it should and drifts when the listener needs a break from the intensity. The layered, jangly guitar releases liquid notes, the dedicated bass player pumps out rhythms, the fairly powerful drum section bites and the somewhat gothic styled vocals mixed into the songs take everything to a higher level. These guys from Bielefeld, Germany are creating their music based on the sound made popular by British bands like THE SOUND and ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN or THE WIPERS from the other side of the pond. At the same time, the influence of today's THE ESTRANGED or TERRIBLE FEELINGS is obvious. The result is a unique sound that is somehow beyond mere words – A VOID feels entirely cohesive and unified. The inventive arrangements and intricate playing can't take the catchiness out of these 10 songs: Limited colored (semitransparent turquoise) vinyl comes with a heavy printed innersleeve and includes a digital download card. A VOID will leave you re-playing to excess!

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released April 17, 2016

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Track Name: GLOOM SLEEPER - Behind these doors
These walls are higher than I thought
The gargoyle watches from above
He tries to keep me out
My hesitation turns into fear
As he proudly spouts:

„You won't find no shelter here
Only crowded rooms and broken hopes
We will take it all from you
Behind these doors you are no one“

Never have I felt so weak
I can not move, I can not speak;
Lost in cold and hostile spheres
With so many hapless peers

We won't find no shelter here
Only crowded rooms and broken hopes
They will take it all from us
Behind these doors we are no one

Behind these doors we are no one
We are no one

We won't find no shelter here
Behind these doors we are no one
Track Name: GLOOM SLEEPER - Don't Look Into My Eyes
The trains, they leave, but will return
And I will still be sitting here
My feet they hurt, my throat is sore
A blueprint of a well-known lore
Windmills draw circles in the sky
Blood-red lines of ash and smoke
Yes, I still hear the same old sound
Of crushing bones, but…

After decades of sacrifice
Please, don’t look into my eyes
Where anger was, now sadness grows
Without hope

The lights went out, will they return?
Oh, if I could only sleep
Or set a fire to burn this town
But it’s me who has burned down
Windmills draw circles in the sky
Blood-red lines of ash and smoke
And all the spirits lost their feelings
Soon I will be one of them

After decades of sacrifice
Please, don’t look into my eyes
Where anger was, now sadness grows
Without hope