Walking Sleep/ March 6, 2010
March 6, 2010
Yet another cold and dreary Sunday morning in Los Angeles, the rain coming in patches. Only a week or so later it would be in the high seventies, kids already hitting up the beach and talking about summertime, and Walking Sleep (formerly the Flying Tourbillon Orchestra) would be in a van driving through Texas on their way to the indie-hipster mecca of SXSW. It was 11am in Silver Lake and we were meeting up at the Red Lion Tavern (because it’s never a bad time for some German beer-gardening). Well, actually because they were kind enough to let us take over the middle bar for the morning.
Meeting up at a bar at 11am can be a bad idea (or a great idea), and I wasn’t sure whether I was getting myself into an early start to a long day of drinking. But it turned out to be more one of those slow moving, coffee drinking kind of mornings. The room was dimly lit and you could hear the slight pattering of rain on the stained glass. Hunter had brought a glockenspiel, so he and Sara were awkwardly trying to translate some guitar parts (and the results were ultimately quite wonderful). After a bit of fine tuning, they sat down around a table in the middle of the room, and played a couple songs.
This is contagious indie-pop at its best; catchy, refreshing melodies, careful harmonies, and a wistful spirit a la the New Pornographers or early Death Cab. Certain to keep you coming back for more. Their debut album “Measures” is due out in the not too distant future (May 25th), and they’ll be at the Echo every Monday in April if you want to catch the full band in action.
Find our more about Walking Sleep at www.myspace.com/walkingsleep
Camera: Elliot Glass
Sound: Elliot Glass
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