Wide Eyed Sleeper | Choking on Menthol - EP

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Choking on Menthol - EP

by Wide Eyed Sleeper

Paul Simon writes a letter to U2, and Led Zeppelin delivers it.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. Let Me Down
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2. Accomplice
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3. Choking on Menthol
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4. Wake Me Up
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5. Left to Write
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Album Notes
Wide Eyed Sleeper (WES) is quickly gaining momentum with the release of their 2008 EP “Choking on Menthol” mixed by Grammy Winning Producer Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt). Although a new band on the scene, the members of WESd are not new to significant international success in the music business.

In early 2008, frontman Brett Ryan Stewart’s solo release, Necessary Lies (2007), topped the charts on Neil Young’s LIVING WITH WAR TODAY website. Performing Songwriter Magazine featured a rave review of the album in their May 2008 issue, proclaiming it a “sterling debut” from “a talent worth watching”. Brett has also been nominated for a 2008 Golden KIAC Award on IAC.com.

Guitarist Chris Tench (MTV/VH1), bassist Doc Downs (Dreaming in English) and drummer Kevin Cuchia (Andy Davis), earned many accolades during their prior collaboration, including signing a deal with Xcessive Records to secure distribution through I.O.D.A., winning a 2006 102.9 The Buzz Rock Award, and earning a 2007 nomination for the IAC.com Indie Song Of The Year.

Having shared the stage with many renowned bands, such as The Strokes, Van Halen, No Doubt, Rush, The Ours, Brad Paisley, Concrete Blonde, and Jimmy Buffet’s Corral Reefer Band, the members of WES culminate a wide spectrum of experience and influence.


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Annie Reuter

Choking on Menthol EP
Wide Eyed Sleeper’s most recent EP, Choking on Menthol might be the most versatile record I’ve heard this past year. Each song is entirely different from the previous and it’s hard to classify exactly what genre the band fits into. Varying from a Foo Fighters rock vibe to a mix of indie, pop and even a little country intertwined, Choking on Menthol has a lot to offer for a five song disc.

Not newcomers to the music scene, band Wide Eyed Sleeper is made up of frontman Brett Ryan Stewart, guitarist Chris Tench, bassist Doc Downs and drummer Kevin Cuchia. Each member has had varying success on their previous endeavors, whether it was a well-received solo album or earning a 2007 nomination for IAC.com’s Indie Song of the Year. The four have combined their talents for an all-around solid release.

Having shared the stage with bands, such as The Strokes, Van Halen, No Doubt, Rush, and Brad Paisley to name a few, Wide Eyed Sleeper shows much promise and Choking on Menthol won’t disappoint. Recorded in Stewart’s home studio, the original plan was to make a follow-up to his debut album. However, once his band came together and the writing became communal, they decided to make the project a band effort.

Opening track, “Let Me Down Again” has that Foo Fighters rock anthem feel, as frontman Stewart’s vocals sound strikingly similar to that of Dave Grohl’s. Even the musical accompaniment is guitar heavy, making it easy to imagine an arena filled with fans singing along.

Title track, “Choking on Menthol” has more of a country vibe to it. Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Stewart sings, “I used to want to talk to you for hours/But now I’m not so sure that you even hear my voice/Oh, I don’t see the point of love.” Narrating the emotionally-filled ballad, he later sings “Oh, I don’t see the point of love/It never lasts that long/Oh, I don’t see the point of love/We’re still going to die alone” as his lyrics play on the listener’s heartstrings.

While “Choking on Menthol” and “Left to Write” are slower ballads, “Wake Me Up” is an edgier track with fitting guitar accompaniment. The music is rougher than heard previously on the album, but suits the band well. Singing, “Wake me up when the revolution comes,” if anything is certain, Wide Eyed Sleeper won’t be in a slumber for too much longer after this release.

Sandy Stromberg

Over the TOP, even more than I had it in my mind that it was going to be. Wide Eyed Sleeper the new Zepplin... Awesome job Guys, you really have something to be PROUD of! Wishing you much success!
Me ;)

Bob Rice

Host of "Crossroads" @ KYRS-LP, Spokane, WA.
"Choking On Menthol" is a well crafted recording reminiscent of the 80's west coast pop band Hi-Fi, fronted by Iain Matthews and David Surkamp. Throw in some Beatlesque hooks and production sensibilities which rival Robbie Robertson and Daniel Lanios, "Choking On Menthol" has HIT! written on it. Wide Eyed Sleeper has "knocked it out of the ball park" with their debut recording. I see a very bright future for this band.