sleepwalks are a Brisbane rock band who happily wear their musical influences on their sleeves. Clearly they have grown up on a steady diet of 70s punk, 80s indie rock and 90s slackersludge bands (think Mission Of Burma, Dinosaur Jr and Nirvana), but undeniably the standout feature is their leanings towards legendary US band The Replacements. Their secret weapon though is they glean from the past and make it relevant to today.
sleepwalks are more than the sum of their influences. Their accomplished playing is evident in their debut eleven track album The Milk Has Gone Sour, and some of that can be credited to the personnel behind the album. sleepwalks recorded with the legendary Steve Albini in the USA in October 2010 (Albini has played with Shellac, Big Black and Rapeman, as well as producing albums for Nirvana, Stooges, The Pixies, Cheap Trick, PJ Harvey, Dirty Three to name a few), as well as Albini’s Shellac bandmate Bob Weston (who has worked with the likes of Nirvana, Sebadoh, Arches Of Loaf, Mission Of Burma etc) who mastered the album.
sleepwalks occupies the time of David Hansford (bass), Kevin Fincham (vocals & guitar) and Damian Masters (drums). Loud, raspy, greasy-haired vocals,
distorted basslines and sludgey drums all packaged up in heavy-laden pop-fuzz, is the band’s trademark.