sleepmakeswaves 'these are not your dreams' tour 2021
Australian instrumental post-rockers sleepmakeswaves have announced their ‘these are not your dreams’ Australian tour will be rescheduled for 2022, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The band released a statement to fans, saying:
Our hearts go out to all of you sharing in the anxiety and disruption caused by the outbreak of COVI-19 worldwide.
We’re sorry to report that we have to yet again reschedule our Australian tour and have rebooked these shows for 2022.
Any tickets purchased for the original dates will be valid for the new dates and refunds if required will be available from the relevant ticket outlets.
Unfortunately due to scheduling issues Rolo Tomassi are now unable to join us on these rescheduled dates, but we’re looking forward to sharing a stage with them one day in future.
Limited venue capacities, the risk of snap lockdowns and extra costs added to travel, logistics and admin have all contributed to this. Not least of which is the fact that our guitarist Lachlan has been stuck in the Netherlands since the pandemic began, unable to return to Australia.
The economic impacts of this pandemic are vast. For musicians specifically, the cancellation of live shows puts a major income stream of any independent band on ice. This also has flow on effects to the live music economy, as we are just one of a number of bands that can no longer provide work this year to our tour manager, live mix engineer, guitar techs, light operator, backline/production providers, etc.
If you want to support bands and artists, Bandcamp is waiving their merchant fee for 24 hours from 6pm Sydney time (12am PST and 7am GMT) on Friday 2 April & Friday 4 May. So please hop online and do your buying there.
If you want to support the wider industry, especially in light of Government support withdrawing at the end of this month, please make a donation to www.supportact.org.au
Although this announcement is disappointing for all of us, we’re glad to say we have plenty more announcements lined up, all of which are good - we’re hopeful that some of these will compensate for the delay to our live shows in some small way.
Thanks again for your patience and support. We can’t wait to be back playing live again soon.
From Rolo Tomassi:
“We’re sorry to not be able to rejoin sleepmakeswaves for the rescheduled dates in 2022. We hope to be back in Australia ASAP and look forward to playing for you in the future.”
Once sleepmakeswaves (finally) hit the road again in 2022, the ‘these are not your dreams’ shows will feature new music from their EP trilogy of the same name.
The new record, titled ‘these are not your dreams’ was released as a full length record in 2020, debuting at #25 on the ARIA Chart and #1 on the 100% Independent Chart.
sleepmakeswaves’s new music comes three years since their ARIA-nominated 2017 release ‘Made of Breath Only’ and their well regarded cover of ‘Children’ by Robert Miles recorded for triple j’s Like A Version the same year. In 2018/19 the band released a Metallica tribute ‘To Live Is Not To Die’ and took a break from writing for a tour across Australia & Europe celebrating the band’s 10th anniversary.
Rather than following a conventional release pattern, new songs were released as a series of 3 Eps: ‘No Safe Place’ , ‘Out of Hours’ a nd ‘Not an Exit’.
The first single ‘Cascades’ debuted on triple j’s Home & Hosed in January, with a second track ‘the endings that we write’ premiering on triple j’s The Racket in February.
The latest singles ‘Zelda’ & ‘Pyramids’ have generated excited responses from fans – as much for the bold lead vocals on ‘Zelda’ as for the expansive progressive rock instrumental epic that is ‘Pyramids.’
The band will visit Newcastle, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney, playing new material and rare older tracks – as well as some classic sleepmakeswaves bangers.
‘these are not your dreams’ Australian tour 2022
Fri 6 May – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Sat 7 May – The Basement, Canberra ACT
Fri 13 May – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide SA*
Sat 14 May – Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA*
Thu 19 May – The Triffid, Brisbane QLD*
Fri 20 May – Max Watts, Melbourne VIC*
Sat 21 May – Manning Bar, Sydney NSW*
Presented by Bird’s Robe & Niche Talent Agency
Tickets on sale from sleepmakeswaves.com & venue websites
Media: Mike Solo // Bird’s Robe Records // firstname.lastname@example.org
More about sleepmakeswaves
It’s been a crazy decade for sleepmakeswaves, the little Sydney quartet who dreamed big.
Hundreds of shows amongst 16 Australian tours, 6 European tours, 2 North American tours, 2 Asian & New Zealand tours…
Unexpected critical acclaim including 3 ARIA nominations, 2 AIR Award nominations and a nomination for a J Award, amongst highly rated reviews from Rolling Stone, The Music, The Independent and more.
Airplay including 3 songs added to triple j rotation, spending a combined 20 weeks in the CMJ Top 200 at US college radio and airing on BBC6.
Even a glimmer of brief commercial success with 2 ARIA Top 40 albums and a #1 spot on the 100% Independent Chart for ‘Made of Breath Only.’ They even cracked the Top 100 in Kazakhstan.
Formed via an ad on Myspace (remember that?), the band’s story started online and they continue to benefit from fans sharing their music on the internet. From their debut unexpectedly clocking up 50,000 downloads online, to hitting 200,000 views as the soundtrack to a romantic ‘Twilight’ movie fan video, or as the thumping opening theme for the AFL football season coverage on Channel 7, sleepmakeswaves’ music has always taken a life of its own amongst fans online. Recently, their triple j Like A Version tribute to Robert Miles’ ‘Children’ hit close to 1 million spins online, as did their Metallica tribute ‘To Live Is To Die’, whilst the band’s Spotify listeners top 1 million worldwide.
However, the story of the band is not complete without a nod to the work put in on the live stage.
Amongst the 300+ live dates played over the past few years, the band have visited 30 countries and headlined sold out shows on 5 continents. They’ve played festivals including SXSW (USA), ArcTangent (UK), Euroblast (Germany), Dunk Festival (Belgium), Strawberry Festival (China) & NH7 Weekender (India). They’ve toured with and befriended a host of iconic and diverse acts – Karnivool, COG, Devin Townsend, Underoath, Russian Circles and many more. They’ve forged links with and created touring opportunities for many of their international peers in Australia – 65daysofstatic, Rosetta, The Contortionist, This Will Destroy You, And So I Watch You From Afar and more. They fulfilled a decade-long dream in their hometown by headlining Sydney’s iconic Metro Theatre to a packed house and recording the show for triple j’s Live at the Wireless (going on to headline there several more times).
Despite all these unprecedented milestones, most importantly, their biggest achievement has been to endure and continue making music and performing for their fans. Through lineup changes, an ever-more-difficult economic climate for independent niche artists, theft of money and equipment, computers crashing, lost baggage, injuries, illness, operations, failed relationships, fire alarms, red tape and more, this band has maintained the passion and enthusiasm to continue creating. Their fans have supported them – through pre-order campaigns to make new albums, through ticket sales, merch sales and social media, through images shared of tattoos, gifts of birthday cakes in Poland, drinks in Hungary, videos of cover versions from India, tour guides in China, or just a handshake and a smile at the merch desk after the show.
So…the continuation of this band is an ongoing a celebration of all that. A way to say thank you for everything, with a quick glance backwards, before continuing on with many more new things to come.
Expect plenty of surprises, new music and one heck of a live post-rock show from this hard-working still-young band.
Check out more at www.sleepmakeswaves.com
these are not your dreams EP trilogy (2020)
‘To Live Is To Die’ (Metallica tribute) (2018)
‘Children’ (Robert Miles – Like A Version) (2017)
‘Made of Breath Only’ album (2017)
feat. ‘Tundra’ & ‘Midnight Sun’
‘Love of Cartography’ album (2014)
feat. ‘Something Like Avalanches’ & ‘Great Northern’ & ‘traced in constellations’
‘…and then they remixed everything’ (2013)
‘…and so we destroyed everything’ album (2011)
feat. ‘(hello) Cloud Mountain’ & ‘in limbs and joints’ & ‘now we rise and we are everywhere’
split EP with tangled thoughts of leaving (2009)
feat. ‘we sing the body electric’ & ‘keep your splendid silent sun’
‘in today, already walks tomorrow’ EP (2008)
feat. ‘One day you will teach me to let go of my fears’ & ‘it’s dark, it’s cold, it’s winter’