“It would be hard to name a debut album with the lean, honed focus… Essential.” – Tampa Tribune
Sleepy Vikings (L-R): Ryann Slauson, Tessa McKenna, Sandra Covin, Nicole Schleif, Julian Conner, Sandi Streppone. Photo Credit: Kelley Jackson.
PLAY, POST & SHARE
“Flashlight Tag” is the latest single from They Will Find You Here by Sleepy Vikings
See Sleepy Vikings perform “Flashlight Tag” live in the Paste Magazine offices!
“I urge you to give They Will Find You Here a listen. These self-described “swamp stalkers” have something truly special.” – The Owl Mag
Tampa, Florida’s Sleepy Vikings has landed on the cover of its hometown weekly, the venerable Creative Loafing newspaper, and this week was also featured on the cover of the pull-out section of the city’s daily paper, The Tampa Tribune. The band has also been lovingly covered numerous times by the fine Tampa-based blog, The Ruckus.
All of this local love for Sleepy Vikings is not without merit – the band has made one of the most striking debut albums of 2011 with its They Will Find You Here. Now Sleepy Vikings will debut its live show to cities along the East Coast with its first tour, set to launch June 8th and run through the remainder of the month. See below for dates.
For the uninitiated, the Creative Loafing cover story on Sleepy Vikings does a great job of illustrating the control and out-of-control that makes the band unique on the musical landscape and easily adored. In the piece, the band talks about having to hurriedly finish writing a set of songs to play its first show ever – a chance opportunity in 2009 to open for the Vivian Girls.
The success of this risk led to an opportunity to perform in Canada at NXNE, a show they drove 26 hours to play in front of a half-dozen people. Turns out that half of that half were bloggers who loved the set, leading to an invite for Sleepy Vikings to perform in the Paste Magazine offices.
The new fans and new opportunities that will greet Sleepy Vikings on its upcoming tour are anyone’s guess, but the love for this band and its debut album They Will Find You Here is already apparent.
They Will Find You Here is out now via New Granada Records. Members of Sleepy Vikings are available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Sleepy Vikings Live
06/08 Tampa, FL @ Cappy’s Pizza (Seminole Heights) Acoustic Tour Kick Off Party
06/10 Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge w/ Casper & The Cookies, The Shut-Ups
06/11 Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof w/ Sleepy Eye Giant
06/12 West Columbia, SC @ One Unit Art Space w/ Nathan Hussey (of All Get Out), Future Wives, Dear Kavalier
06/13 Richmond, VA @ Sprout FREE!
06/14 Charlottesville, VA @ The Box FREE!
06/15 Chapel Hill, NC @ Night Light w/ Bastages, Gods of Harvest
06/16 Newark, DE @ Mojo Main w/ The Sky Drops, Troubled Hips
06/17 Baltimore, MD @ The Metro Gallery w/ The Sky Drops, Thrushes, Young Jaguars
06/18 Washington, DC @ Bella Cafe w/ Thrushes, Mittenfields, Forevsner
06/18 Washington, DC Kultura’s Books In-Store
06/19 Philadelphia, PA @ King Fu Neck Tie w/ Gypsy Death and You, Eat Your Birthday Cake
06/20 Somerville, MA @ The Rosebud
06/21 Brooklyn, NY @ The Rock Shop w/ Alberta Cross
06/22 New York, NY @ Pianos w/ The Stationary Set, The Twees, Jump Into The Gospel
06/23 Cleveland, OH @ The Happy Dog
06/24 Champaign, IL @ Mike n’ Molly’s
06/25 Nashville, TN @ The Basement w/ Heypenny, PDA
06/26 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
06/27 Atlanta, GA @ Club 529 w/ Today The Moon Tomorrow the Sun
They Will Find You Here
(New Granada, Out Now)
1. These Days
5. A Backyard Funeral
6. Twin Peaks
7. Corson Park
8. Dear Long Distance
9. White Wolves
Sleepy Vikings Links