Voted 2011 and 2012 Best Indie Band by St. Louis Riverfront Times readers
August 25 St. Louis, MO – LouFest
September 18 Athens, OH – Casa Cantina
September 20 New York, NY – Pianos with Win Win, Warm Ghost anhd Slam Donahue
October 5 St. Louis, MO -STyLehouse - Rama-lama Obama Fundraiser
October 20 Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen with Bayliff
After a two-year barnstorming of the St. Louis music scene, Chicago transplants Sleepy Kitty released their first full-length CD and LP, Infinity City, on July 12, 2011 through St. Louis’ own Euclid Records. Please download featured songs (approved for posting) from the new album, “Gimme a Chantz!” at:
And “Speaking Politely” at:http://label.euclidrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/SpeakingPolitely.mp3
Featuring singer Paige Brubeck on piano, guitar, and waves of sweet harmony vocals, and Evan Sult on drums, these songs are enough to uplift the muggiest Monday morning—and it’s pretty much impossible to reach the final notes without singing ‘em to yourself two minutes later.
Sleepy Kitty is more than a band: it’s an all-in multi-media artistic collaboration. After spending the ’90s drumming in Harvey Danger (London/Polygram), and the ’00s in Chicago’s Bound Stems (Flameshovel), Sult heard Brubeck’s voice in her band, Stiletto Attack, and couldn’t shake it. Strictly for fun, they started mashing weird sound experiments into their natural pop instincts, and quickly had a batch of art-cracked, catchy songs. At the same time, they were designing and printing t-shirts and rock posters together. They called it all Sleepy Kitty—and they now run both their band and their print shop out of a formerly abandoned brewery on St. Louis’s Cherokee Street, which has since become the city’s unofficial printers’ row (you can check out their print work at sleepykittyarts.com).
After great opening slots for the Dresden Dolls, Chuck Berry, and Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s, Sleepy Kitty caught the ear of Euclid Records’ Joe Schwab. The band’s live show is a whirlwind: Brubeck loops her vocals live, crafting walls of girl-group harmonies above the tube-driven blast of her vintage Super Reverb. Sult plays at the edge of the stage with her—when he can contain himself to his drum throne. Infinity City transmits the power of their live show but reveals their canny control of pop architecture: “Gimme a Chantz!” opens with a theatrical flourish before bounding into a crowd of surging ’90s-era harmonies; garage-cranked “Speaking Politely” makes way for the delicately observed details of city-breakup ode “NYC Really Has It All,” and the Velvets/Fab Four mash note “Seventeen” revels in their influences.
Sleepy Kitty’s packing as much art and music into this year as they humanly can, from Seattle to Chicago to New York and points between—and if you’re in St. Louis, catch them when they open for Deerhoof at the Luminary September 26!
“The folks down at Euclid Records have put out what is likely to become a local, if not national, classic. The mesmeric melodies of “Infinity City” provide a fine soundtrack for, as the band sings, “riding with St. Louis” — and beyond.”
– KDHX Charting the Music
“There are no faults to this project. Infinite City is a perfectly balanced post-apocalyptic yet arm-shaking jam session, with something to make someone think, laugh , throw some shit and possibly do all three at the same time. -The Maneater.com
“Infinity City is as much a mastery of instrumentation as it is of production…It’s a debut work that continually defies expectations—strange for something so poppy.” –Popstache.com
“Evan Sult and Paige Brubeck are two St. Louis natives transplanted from Chicago who make half dreamy piano pop and half jagged blistering rock anthems.” —Popmatters.com
“Sleepy Kitty is onto something with their blend of show-tuney alternative rock. In A Word: Superb.” —Aquarian Weekly
“The duo can be sassy, they can be brassy and they can be classy.” —Metromix New York
“This recording will immediately replace your summer 2011 playlist. I haven’t enjoyed a pop album this much since Back to Black.” —Eleven Music Magazine
“The duo can thrash and wail with the best of ’90s post-punk.” —St. Louis Riverfront Times
Don't You Start/All i Do Is Dream of You
The Latest 7″ Single From Sleepy Kitty
Don’t You Start/All i Do Is Dream of You
Sleepy Kitty is ready to come roaring back into the spotlight with the September release of “Don’t You Start” b/w “All I Do Is Dream of You” in anticipation of their forthcoming album, Projection Room, both on the Euclid Records label. “Don’t You Start” will be on the album proper; it’s a typical Sleepy Kitty original, which means it’s a completely unexpected blast of rock’n’roll propulsion with a sweetly stunning pop vocal. The b-side, “All I Do Is Dream of You,” is a pop standard from 1934, written by the team of Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed. It’s been recorded by the likes of Al Bowlly, Judy Garland, and Doris Day, and the inimitable Chico Marx played it on piano in the film A Night at the Opera. When Paige Brubeck of Sleepy Kitty wraps her mesmerizing pipes around the song, however, it becomes an exotic and enticing display of pure beauty. For good measure, Sleepy Kitty took the skills from their day jobs and designed the record sleeve themselves.
Sleepy Kitty consists of Paige Brubeck on vocals and guitar, and Evan Sult on drums. The duo met and formed as a side project to their other bands five years ago in Chicago, but it didn’t take long for Sleepy Kitty to become their musical focus. After releasing an EP, they moved south to St. Louis, where they opened up a graphic arts business and began reaping awards and attention from all aspects of the local and regional music scene. In 2011, their debut album, Infinity City was released on the Euclid Records label and the band started performing and touring whenever and wherever possible.
St. Louis magazine said it best in a blog review of Infinity City: “And it’s not that Sleepy Kitty is old school; they’re more old recess—out to have fun. But it’s not nostalgia. There is a post-Pixies bite in some of the performances.” The Pop ’Stache blog wrote: “Remember that delightfully angry, not-sick-but-not-well spirit of late-’90s rock? Just imagine if it hadn’t died and at the behest of two innovators continued—with eyes for the past and the future, pop and experimentation—that’s how adorable Sleepy Kitty’s debut is.”