sleepmakeswaves reschedule ‘these are not your dreams’ Australian tour to 2021 with special guests Rolo Tomassi (UK)
Australian instrumental post-rockers sleepmakeswaves have announced their ‘these are not your dreams’ Australian tour will be rescheduled for 2021, 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. Having been fortunate enough to travel widely over the years, we send big love not only to our Australian fans, but also our friends in Asia, NZ, greater Europe and America. SMW and our team are all doing our best to remain calm and rational while also taking the pandemic seriously.
An unfortunate consequence of this is that we cannot proceed with our Australian tour this year. It’s not only that the Australian Government directives render events unfeasible – we also believe that it’s our duty to minimise community transmission of the virus in Australia. Our hearts are heavy making this call, but we firmly believe it’s the right thing to do.
We have been able to reschedule the dates for April 2021 and we’re very pleased that ROLO TOMASSI have agreed to stay on the lineup. We’re also happy that the new dates have aligned in such a way for them to join us in Adelaide & Perth as well as the originally planned Brisbane, Melbourne & Sydney shows. Furthermore, we’ve also added a new show in Newcastle which will kick off our first headline tour of Australia in 3 years (by the time this tour rolls around!).
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.
We also need to push back the release date of the EP trilogy to July 17, as some of this music was yet to be produced when the virus restrictions were imposed. Otto returned from London in March to a 2-week stint in quarantine and since then we’ve been working remotely to best comply with self isolation advice.
We’re very happy to share with you the new EP ‘Out of Hours’ very soon, as well as the full record when it comes out in July.
The ‘No Safe Place’ EP is now streaming online in full at www.sleepmakeswaves.bandcamp.com
The economic impacts of this pandemic are vast. For musicians specifically, the cancellation of live shows is a necessary measure that puts the main 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 spec providers, etc. You get the picture.
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 1st May, Friday 5 June and Friday 3 July. So please hop online and do your buying there.
It’s taken a virus to remind us that we are all human and that we have to work together. We encourage you to find that part of yourself that can stay cool under pressure while not ignoring or dismissing the gravity of the situation we are in. If you are in a position to stay home, please do so for the sake of minimizing transmission in the community. But don’t forget that ‘social distancing’ does not mean social isolation. Reach out to your friends and family, so we can all be resilient as a community.
Alex, Otto & Tim
Once the band hit the road again in 2021, the ‘these are not your dreams’ shows will feature new music from their recently announced EP trilogy of the same name.
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.
UK math-rock luminaries ROLO TOMASSI will join as main support for all shows except Newcastle & Canberra, following their latest release ‘Time Will Die and Love Will Bury It.’ They last toured Australia four years ago in 2016.
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.
The new record, titled ‘these are not your dreams’ will be released on 17 July 2020.
Rather than following a conventional release pattern, new songs will be released as a series of 3 EPs over the next few months, with ‘No Safe Place’ out now, ‘Out of Hours’ released on June 5 and ‘Not an Exit’ released July 3.
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 band announced the news to fans with a typically quirky video online here
and have added more about the shows below:
We’re pretty psyched about doing these upcoming headline shows. I know bands always say things like that (we’ve said it a lot) but with a long break since we were last playing gigs, it feels very exciting to crank up the ol’ rock-o-matic 3000 once more.
Rolo Tomassi are, as we like to say, “heaps sick” and we think overwrought instru-prog x blackened art-hXc is going to be a winning combination. Stay tuned for some great local supports on each of the shows as well.
Alex and smw
From Rolo Tomassi:
“We’re delighted to return to Australia for the first time in years. It’s always been a firm favourite for our band and we’re very grateful to sleepmakeswaves for extending an invite to us.
‘these are not your dreams’ Australian tour 2021
w/special guests Rolo Tomassi (UK)*
Fri 9 April – Small Ballroom, Newcastle NSW TICKETS
Sat 10 April – The Basement, Canberra ACT TICKETS
Fri 16 April – Lion Arts Factory, Adelaide SA* TICKETS
Sat 17 April – Rosemount Hotel, Perth WA* TICKETS
Thu 22 April – The Triffid, Brisbane QLD* TICKETS
Fri 23 April – Max Watts, Melbourne VIC* TICKETS
Sat 24 April – Manning Bar, Sydney NSW* TICKETS
Presented by Bird’s Robe & Niche Talent Agency
Tickets on sale from sleepmakeswaves.com & venue websites
‘these are not your dreams’ full record released 17 July 2020 via Bird’s Robe/MGM
No Safe Place EP – out now
Out of Hours EP – releases Fri 5 June
Not an Exit EP – releases Fri 10 July 2020
Media: Mike Solo // Bird’s Robe Records // email@example.com
SLEEPMAKESWAVES // LISTEN & WATCH
‘Cascades’ & ‘the endings that we write’ streaming online at
Watch ‘Great Northern’
Watch ‘Something Like Avalanches’ (live)
Watch ‘The Stars Are Stigmata’ (live)
Watch ‘To Live Is To Die’ (Metallica)
Watch ‘Children’ (Robert Miles)
Listen to ‘Midnight Sun’:
ROLO TOMASSI // LISTEN/WATCH
Aftermath – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSQYs8KancA
More about sleepmakeswaves
It’s been a crazy twelve years 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
‘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’