Sleepy Driver’s first album Steady Now, and their recent re-release Steady Now – Expanded Version, have been enjoyed by listeners around the world. Read what reviewers have written…
[learn_more caption=”Wilfred Langmaid, Daily Gleaner” state=”open”]
Fredericton’s Peter Hicks was behind one of this decade’s most ambitious and fascinating music releases, the 2003 self-titled alt popper by queencab. Hicks and Ryan Lamey delivered a bakers’ dozen bits of perfect pop with electronic undercores and a steady groove.
That said, I am still blindsided by Hicks’ latest musical project. He has taken another 13 songs written through the years and given them an alternative roots rock backdrop.
Hicks and his band Sleepy Driver officially launch the album Steady Now Thursday, July 23 at the James Joyce Pub at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Queen Street. The show begins at 8 p.m.
With this album, Hicks shows himself to be the rarest of musicians – a four-tool artist with respect to lyric, melody, playing, and vocals.
While his shining star is still his lyrics, his equally well-honed sense of melody and songcraft gets a broader focus on this album than on the more esoteric, albeit delightful queencab effort. As well, he works nicely within a quintet on this album as a multi-instrumentalist, and he delivers his riveting stories with evocative vocals.
Talented locals flesh out the band. While bassist Mike Hatheway, drummer Barry Hughes, and keyboardist John Heinstein are a solid meat-and-potatoes rhythm section, the discovery is Ethan Young-Lai, who dazzles with guitars, mandolin, accordion, banjo, and am occasional synth.
Hicks’ lyrical comfort zone is one inhabited by many songwriters, but it is not hyperbole to say that this Fredericton native does tales of rich hues of darkness imbued with shots of life and hope in a world-class fashion.
He looks at a troubled partner in the Matthew Sweet-reminiscent album opener Like A Weapon and gives more sharp images in one song than most writers give on an entire album – “I gave you love and you hold it like a weapon,-You’re dragging that old heart around like a suitcase by the handle,” and, ultimately, “I need you, yes, I need you like an answer needs a question.”
The context thus fully realized, the bottom line “How long until it all goes down?” is all the more tragic and riveting.
The same lyrical plaudits can be given to the entire album, which reads like a who’s who of classic influences on a fresh and new package: Drowning In My Dreams, a bit of jangle pop with country spices that suggests an organic Eagles; the Go-Betweens-reminiscent North Dakota; the Frank Black-inspired Architects.
As for the basics of pop and rock, they are here too – visceral songs of love sought, found, or unrequited. Clear examples are the ballad Watch You Sleep and the lilting album closer Where You Are.
Granted, the 80s feel of queencab is absent for the most part; the most notable exceptions are the bridge of Scars and the quirky feel that pervades all of the wry Lazy Eye.
As well, not everyone will like a whole album filled with clever darkness. However, others will simply have their jaw drop with the depth of pieces like the grooving jangler of a personal epitaph to loved ones Only Water and the popped up bit of Warren Zevon When The Lights Come On.
In short, this is an album that simply begs to be heard by a worldwide audience. With a bit of polish on the band end, it could be on several year-end best-of lists across this mortal coil.
However, what it is in the immediate sense is one of the most stunning local albums to ever be committed to disc.
Fredericton-based freelance writer Wilfred Langmaid has reviewed albums in The Daily Gleaner since 1981, and is a past judge for both the Junos and the East Coast Music Awards. His column appears each Saturday.
[learn_more caption=”Bob Mersereau, CBC”]
Let me take you back …way back….back to when we were much younger. The year was 2009. It was a different era. A majority government was still a dream for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Happy post office employees delivered something called The Mail right to your home. If you wanted you could buy a ticket to take an airplane to far away places. And Canadian hockey teams never had to worry about playing games in June, they were enjoying golfing vacations. Yes, it’s hard to recognize that country now. There was also big excitement coming out of New Brunswick in music. A band from Fredericton was making great strides with its debut album. Not only was it a success locally, Maritimers and audiences into the U.S. were getting into the band. They were called Sleepy Driver…and I wonder what ever happened to them?
Well, of course, two years is NOT a lot of time in the music world, and bands today often spend three or more years working on follow-up discs. Sleepy Driver is recording new music with a fall release date being considered. But right now, the group has other music to offer you. It’s back and better than ever: Sleepy Driver’s debut disc, the one that caused all the excitement, Steady Now, has been reissued. And just why should we get excited about that? Well, it’s just as good as ever, so if you don’t have it, it’s time to invest. And it’s bigger and better now because it’s got more music. The already-full 13 track debut has been expanded to 17 cuts, with the addition of three new originals, and a cookin’ cover.
If you’re a CD buyer, you’ve no doubt run into expanded editions in the past. These are usually famous albums, say, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, that get a bunch of bonus tracks added on. These can be anything from live songs to b-sides to demos to rejects, whatever the artist deems good enough. It’s an old trick, selling the same album twice to people, but I never mind, it’s satisfying to get more of an album you know you already like. The thing is, usually expanded editions are classics, and from the past. Not just two years past. Are we talking some sort of vanity here by Sleepy Driver?
Nope, I’d call this savvy in fact. There’s a darn good reason. The original pressing of Steady Now is pretty much sold out, and there’s still lots of demand for the album. They were going to have to press up a few thousand more, so why not fill that gap between the next album with something new for those people clambouring for more?
Now this only works well if the songs are actually good. And if these four are examples, the next album is going to be a corker. Hand In The Till is a big, horn-filled soul rocker, and sounds like a single to me. Cactus is a much-admired song by the U.S. punks The Pixies, and Sleepy Driver do a version that rivals the original. Ring The Black Bell kicks along, a big guitar-driven Tom Petty-like number. Blue-Eyed Boy is a nice acoustic ballad with harmonies, a good set-closer for the summer.
As for the rest of Steady Now, well, it’s already been well-received. Of course, it features the hit single Like A Weapon, which got the band lots of airplay, three ECMA nominations, and lots of attention in foreign markets. It appeared on the US Americana Music Charts, and spent two months on the EuroAmericana charts in 2010. Americana Gazette particularly loved them, placing the album at #7 on their top ten albums of 2010, and Like A Weapon was the #3 song of the year. It’s full of strong roots rock from the pen of singer Peter Hicks. And since they don’t play that often, there’s always a great demand for them. Check out the new tracks on the physical CD, or you can download the expanded disc on iTunes.
[learn_more caption=”Ian Fildes, Americana UK (8/10)”]
Canadiana, with it’s muscles showing.
Sleepy Driver, definitely not Minnie’s narcoleptic sister, are the brainchild of song writing talent Peter Hicks and hail from Canada. On the evidence of ‘Steady Now’ they have tough melodic Americana-Rock music all sussed and sewn up.
Opener ‘Like a Weapon’ has a lovely loud growling DBT’s rock swagger, packed tight with subdued drifting melody. It is followed swiftly by ‘Drowning in my Dreams’, an equally solid country rocking affair.
High quality songs and performances get reeled off matter-of-factly with the tough guitars punching out distorted minor chords on ‘When the Lights Come on’, which is augmented with horns, whilst ‘North Dakota’ and ‘and the Gravedigger says…’ shows they can pull off harmony-infused folk and country of some distinction too. While ‘Scars’ should get them rightfully on indie radio playlists, sounding as it does a little like Lee Mavers fronting the Cardinals in something of a hurry.
The bragging and threats of the upbeat ‘Lazy Eye’ whose narrative drifter was “born with a lazy eye and a lazy heart to match it, made my way through the underground with a switchblade and a hatchet” concluding as those crunchy guitars come crashing that “all I want is your life”.
Hicks is sometimes drowned a little in the mix, making his enticing tales of death love, rootless-ness, murder and regret a little difficult to grasp without paying close attention. He doesn’t possess the most intriguing or individual of vocals but it rarely detracts as Sleepy Driver have mixed up a heady concoction of Country, alt-rock and blues, with a refreshing dose of volume and rock dynamics that it’s hard not to feel benevolent towards.
With great songs deftly delivered, ‘Steady Now’ is a very strong, assured, and most importantly of all, enjoyable debut on all counts.
The east coast is not well known for the brand of good ol’ rock and roll that the eighties made classic. Aside from a few obvious crusaders like Sloan, Matt Mays, and the Novaks, the style is mostly defunct in these parts. A relatively new addition to that list of exceptions is Fredericton’s Sleepy Driver, who thrive in the rock and roll environment they have created on their debut album Steady Now. Though seemingly country tinged at times and sort of folky at others, the New Brunswick five piece is mainly a rock band at heart. Their music is nostalgic, interesting, and catchy. Like Blue Rodeo with a bit more kick, Sleepy Driver’s music acts as a fitting backdrop for Peter Hicks’ insightful lyrics. The band is at its best on light, radio friendly tracks like And The Gravedigger Says and Like A Weapon, though almost every track has a clean cut feel. Steady Now also contains a few hidden gems, most notably North Dakota, which sees a softer side of Sleepy Driver. Guest musician Dave Palmer’s pedal steel sets the mood on that track, amidst a rare and unusually heavy emotional tone. After that reflective number though, the band brings the intensity back up to normal. Scars and Where You Are close the album on a strong note which seems to demonstrate that Sleepy Diver can stand on their own two feet. For an everyday person, these tracks might run together a bit too closely. For a true fan of rock and roll, however, Steady Now delivers a baker’s dozen of hearty, enjoyable songs.
[learn_more caption=”Canadian Musician Magazine”]
Fredericton, NB’s Sleepy Driver may have just recently released their first full-length (2009’s Steady Now), but the roots/alt-country rock band plays with the confidence and skill of veterans. That’s probably because the band’s singer/songwriter has taken his time in assembling a group of proven New Brunswick musicians from various musical experiences and backgrounds.
The culmination of their styles isn’t too far removed from the recent re-emergence of ‘90s college rock in the vein of The Gin Blossoms and The Replacements (see “Like a Weapon”); however, they also flirt with a more roots-based sound on songs like “When The Lights Come On,” though even that song makes room for some horns. There’s also a noticeably dark thematic tinge to a lot of the songs, and despite the varying tempos, there’s enough consistency amongst the songs on Steady Now to leave any doubters behind.
It’s also one of the few albums I’ve heard that’s going to appeal equally to a fan of Pixies as it will to a fan of Johnny Cash, which anyone from a small town knows is essential to getting noticed in a small town. And get noticed they’ve done, picking up the Rising Star award at 2009’s Harvest Jazz and Blues festival in Fredericton.
[learn_more caption=”Paul Kerr, Blabber ‘n Smoke”]
It seems that nowadays a fair proportion of albums that arrive for review are Canadian in origin. Canadiana anyone? To be sure many of the touchstones in the alt country/Americana scene were Canadians, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, The Band, to name a few. More recently Blue Rodeo and Blacky and the Rodeo Kings would be the names most likely to pop up in conversation.
Well, here’s another band to talk about instead of the Mounties and Northern Exposure. Sleepy Driver are a band with a sound that is in the same vein as some of the eighties so called Paisley Underground crew. In particular there are moments that are very akin to the great Steve Wynn both in his Dream Syndicate days and more latterly from his “desert trilogy”.
With a big guitar sound, great dynamics and at times a great pop thrust, leader Peter Hicks hits on the darker side of life including a great murder ballad (Drowning In My Dreams). While able to utilise an acoustic base in songs such as “Where You Are” and “North Dakota” (where some pedal steel leavens the sound) it’s the surge of guitar and organ on “When the Lights Come On” and the chunky slice of a song that is “Architects” that standout. Opening song “Like a Weapon” should be a radio hit at least if there’s any justice. Best of all is “Watch You Sleep” which has a fantastic, trippy guitar outro which is reminiscent of the Rain Parade.
For a debut album this is very assured and very, very listenable.
[learn_more caption=”Andy Zielhi, Americana Gazette”]
This is a fantastic CD by one of Canada’s up and coming Americana Bands. Sleepy Driver is the brainchild of Peter Hicks. Hicks, who played techno music before, had written a bunch of songs that did not fit that style. He got together with some friends and recorded this CD on their own and released it independently in Eastern Canada to a huge welcoming response from Canada’s open and ever growing Americana community. Based out of New Brunswick Sleepy Driver is becoming a leading and shining light for our northern neighbors drive to be recognized as the force that they are in Americana Music.
This CD is nearly flawless in its recording and songs. The tracks (all 13 of them) are well written, interesting, and exciting to listen to. Hicks wrote all 13 songs, while the whole band helped in the arrangement of them. The CD was produced by Ethan Young-Lai, Hicks, and Mike Hatheway. Young-Lai and Hathaway also played on this CD, along with Barry Hughes and John Heinstein.
The songs on this CD are well-crafted and each has its own life. They don’t run aimlessly together like on some CD’s. There are traces of the early Jayhawks, Long Ryder’s, and even a little Blackfoot in the guitar tones and riffs, which is fine with me. Outstanding cuts include the first cut which is my favorite Like a Weapon, When the Lights Come On, Lazy Eye, North Dakota (which is a wonderful acoustic song), And the Gravedigger Says, and the final cut Where You Are. This CD has been nominated for two East Coast Music Awards: Alternative Recording of the Year, and Rising Star Recording of the Year. The ECMA conference and awards will be held in Sydney, NS March 7, 2010.
Hats off to Sleepy Driver on creating an amazing CD! I look forward to hearing more of this first class band in the press and on the radio. Buy this CD!!! It is everything that’s right with Americana Music today!!!
[learn_more caption=”HERE Magazine”]
For a band that wasn’t supposed to happen, Fredericton’s Sleepy Driver has come out with one hell of a debut CD. Sleepy’s first full length disc Steady Now gets the official CD launch treatment next Thursday, July 23 at the James Joyce pub on Fredericton home ice.
Steady Now is a solid 13 song collection of roots rockers that would not sound out of place on a playlist that includes Wilco, the JayHawks or Ryan Adams. The disc and the band started to germinate while head driver Peter Hicks was revisiting an ever-growing collection of tunes he’d been penning over the years.
“I’ve been in a lot of different bands and covered a lot of different styles. I’ve been in a reggae band and a pop band and stuff like that but I’ve always been writing songs. Some of those songs didn’t fit into what I was doing at the time so I just put them aside. When I’d go back to re-visit them I noticed that there was a group of songs that had the same kind of feel and covered a lot of the same subject matter. I began to feel that these songs needed to be explored a bit more and that I needed to find the right people to play with.”
And so, Sleepy Driver was born. Over the past couple of years the Sleepys have undergone a few lineup changes, but Hicks feels that the current roster of himself on vocals and guitar, Barry Hughes on drums and vocals, Ethan Young-Lai on guitar, John Heinstein on piano and organ and Mike Hatheway on bass is the lineup that will be able to take Sleepy Driver to the next level.
With flourishes of Hammond B3 organ and country twang guitar Steady Now has the feel of one of those great American albums that would sound great driving across the western plains in a beat up car. Peter Hicks tells [here] that this sound was something that came to the band in a very natural way. In fact, his musical past didn’t actually touch on a lot of American roots music.
“Not at all.” Hughes laughs. “That’s the funny thing. I actually grew up listening to punk rock and so-called college rock back in the day. I really liked bands like the Pixies. I think the songs on the record have a bit of that college rock feel but the songs are what the songs are and they came about very naturally. You can decide what music you listen to but you can’t decide what music you write.”
Besides next Thursday’s CD release at the James Joyce in Fredericton, Sleepy Driver has a few dates lined up for the summer. August 8 they’ll play the annual Floodstock festival along the beautiful St. John River in Evandale and August 22 they’re off to St. Andrews. Hicks will also play some solo acoustic shows. While the band is starting off slowly, they have goals (and the necessary talent) to make Sleepy Driver a much larger force on the region’s music scene.
“We really do think that there is a lot of life to this band. We’re going to start off locally and grow to a provincial and maritime wide presence. I really think we can grow our circle.”
Given the strength of a debut disc that wasn’t even supposed to happen, I wouldn’t be surprised if that circle begins to grow sooner rather than later.
[learn_more caption=”Roots Revival (8/10)”]
Although Steady Now consists of 3 Americana songs(Where You Are, Only Water, North Dakota) , driven by the pedal steel of guest player Dave Palmer, Sleepy Driver is essential a rock band. Comparisons with compatriot bands Blue Rodeo and slices of Skydiggers and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings are obvious. Some songs are radio friendly(Like A Weapon, And The Gravediggers Says), others have a Steve Miller band vibe (Get Right With The Lord, Architects).
Responsible for all these melodic songs is Peter Hicks, who wrote all the songs and also co-produced the cd.
Sleepy Driver has established itself with Steady Now on the Rockscene and created great expectations for the future.
[learn_more caption=”RootsTime.be (Steady Now)”]
Dutch review – Goggle Translate version below:
It has long been no secret that in Canada damned good ‘American’ music is made. “Steady Now”, the debut of Sleepy Driver them (again) a good example. And to think that the band almost by accident occurred.
Singer / songwriter Peter Hicks was not going to create a new band. The fact was that he regularly wrote a song that did not fit into one of his current projects. Then one day he flipped through his notebook, he noted that there is a kind of thread through the songs went. Themes like hard life lessons, life and death, leaving love, murder and betrayal were the man and apparently no stranger to the concept behind Sleepy Driver was born.
Hicks took Hughes, Harry Stein, Hatheway and Young-Lai added. All musicians with different backgrounds, but to somehow provide the perfect music for their joint support for the texts of Hicks. In fact, they succeed in their fives in to roots rock to play with his own face. Sleepy Driver’s music is a beautiful amalgam of college rock, blues and a touch a good portion of old school country. Opener “Like A Weapon ‘floats on a wave of melodic, guitar-oriented pop that someone like John Hiatt recalls. The spirit of a band like The Connells and other soul mates is never far away. The songs on “Steady Now” moments do with a little dark, but the lords of Sleepy Driver know enough optimism in their music to make the CD so that at no time sounds depressing.
Highlights are undoubtedly ‘Lazy Eye’, ‘North Dakota’ and ‘When The Lights Come On “(an additional indication of the party to trumpet Matt Robinson is certainly in place), but actually it’s long search for a less good song “Steady Now”. On this basis alone it deserves the plate to be played in its entirety.
Meanwhile, the band since its inception been a lot of praise at home and receive the Canada they do not seem bad in several charts. Rightly, there is not. Only question is whether these will remain one CD because the band was created almost by accident. We hope not, because for a band like Sleepy Driver is always a place in our CD cabinet.
[learn_more caption=”Davide Albini, RootsHighway.it”]
Italian review – Goggle Translate version below:
Do you think Canada, think of a band with a guitar sound, veins pop and many links with the roots of the ballad form and inevitably going to bother the Blue Rodeo. Now and then the band and Jim Cuddy Greg Keelor is back in rewriting its work with the recent double-The Things We Left Behind will be difficult for competitors to catch them on the same ground. I say this because the Sleepy Drivers, quintet recording debut of fellow citizens, not just remember them, at least as an attitude, as the quality of the songs is much less experience and maturity. Steady Now is however a very enjoyable debut for those looking for a rock band that sounds “traditional” noncommittally country or the American side too, if you prefer. Peter Hicks is the songwriter of reference within the group had several songs in the drawer that they could not find a suitable sound to be recorded. A little ‘by chance, a little’ for knowledge, brings together the essential Sleepy Drivers relying on contributions by Ethan Young-Lai (guitars, mandolin, banjo) and John Heinstein (piano, organ).
The presence of the latter seems to me that clearly characterizes the band’s Canadian roots rock: melodic, very accessible, if you want to also close a taste of college radio, but with that melancholy lyric that weight and that only certain realities in the sector alternatives country have demonstrated. Songs about errors and falls, you pay the consequences on their skin, but with that anger that makes them take off from the electric predictable recipe “provincial”. It starts with the right foot: Like a Weapon is a brilliant ballad, followed by the still more convincing country-rock Drowning In My Dreams, the ideal closing triptych passing through the dark tones and epic When The Lights Come On, all addressed the shown by the right road Blue Rodeo.
The comparison is more than acceptable due to a variety of influences and moods muiscali Sleepy drivers who are eager to give us: it is said, however, he does everything perfectly, although the tracks and the toughest part of the electrical Central (Lazy Eye, Get Right with Lord, the latter perhaps more suited for Gov’t Mule), or certain slips pop rock (Architects, Scars) seem not to belong to the strings of the band. They will also be eclectic, but the voice of Peter Hicks emerges only when you return to the fold of the roots of rock: the sound nostalgic and sweet Only North Dakota Water, the enveloping atmosphere of folk Says … And The Gravedigger, ready to ‘ electrical explosion of the final note to close on crystalline Where You Are (there is also the guest pedal steel Dave Palmer), guitars and piano ballad that confirms the quality of Canadian school. Promising.
[learn_more caption=”RootsTime.be (Steady Now – Expanded Edition)”]
Dutch review – Goggle Translate version below:
In 2009 the debut album “Steady Now” from the pop and rock band “Sleepy Driver” for the first time the Canadian market. Singer-songwriter and bandleader Peter Hicks was then 13 compositions prepared for this record. His musical partner in crime ‘in from New Brunswick, Canada operating group are guitarist Ethan Young-Lai, keyboardist John Heinstein, bassist and drummer Mike Hatheway Barry Hughes.
Their music shows influences from rootsrock folk, blues and country but it usually drives a nice rocking swing. The success of “Steady Now” in his homeland Canada decided to label the album now internationally a chance, which only now the CD in our CD player has landed and we now our opinion about this record can ventilate.
To the original tracklist added four new songs that fit perfectly with the 13 quality original songs. So Peter Hicks added three original songs in addition to a solid rocking cover version of his favorite song-Pixies “Cactus” to it, a song that also in 2002, already in progress by David Bowie was taken on his album “Heathen”. The album is crammed with melodic, radio-friendly songs with catchy choruses on several important and less important things in life. The list of our favorite highlights on “Steady Now” there is as follows: opening track “Like A Weapon”, the melodic “Drowning In My Dreams”, the soft rock ballads “Watch You Sleep” and “Blue-Eyed Boy”, on country-inspired songs “North Dakota” and “Where You Are” and “Only Water” which guest musician Dave Palmer repeatedly on pedal steel excels. It will have serious mistake to run as the international release of “Steady Now” from the band.
Sleepy Driver unnoticed will go into today’s musical landscape, because the quality of the Peter Hicks wrote and sung songs is permanently on the high side and deserves at least a regular airplay on various pop and rock radio stations.
[learn_more caption=”Ronald Besemer, KindaMusik”]
Dutch review – Goggle Translate version below:
Some records sound so casually that they easily be overlooked. Now the steady Canadian Driver Sleep is such a picture. The thirteen tracks rock so mild melancholy past, in the style of the good old Jayhawks and Whiskey Town, you anno 2010 (or 2009, when the recordings were made) is really an anachronism to speak.
Another thing is the old-fashioned or imperishable quality criterion. And that is the songs of Sleep Driver not deny. Steady Now is actually a great album. With the singing and song writing frontman Peter Hicks as a driving force. His voice suits this classic Americana, if you hear there is a new wave edge, especially Ian McCulloch in the back.
Genrevreters have with this group in a klasbak. A reliable band that even after this album certainly will deliver nothing but quality with pleasant-sounding and well rounded songs. Only criticism lies in the not too relevant and non-corrosive nature of this record. Make the balance itself.
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Dutch review – Goggle Translate version below:
“Steady Now” from the Canadian Sleepy Driver is also what you’d call a fantastic debut. That quintet led by the truly great singer-song smith Peter Hicks combines his first book the best acts like Whiskey Town, The Jayhawks, Green On Red, Ryan Adams, Blue Rodeo and thirteen very catchy songs, which in turn under the flags alt . country and roots rock appear to belong. Similar in the pregnant guitar opening track “Like A Weapon” is a good touch. That’s the kind of song that you would immediately have eagerly looking forward to doing anything yet to come. “A little Jayhawks, a little Neil Young, too, but mostly a hell of a song. Alt. country where you have to love. Somewhat sedate, it then stand in “Drowning In My Dreams”. Therefore, the description twangy roots pop out of the closet. Brought to gritty-a sedate manner à la Dan Stuart. And with those two songs, the tone is pretty much put. Great guitars steal the show in the haunting “When The Lights Come On”, Mark Olson and Gary Louris and co look back just around the corner in the melancholy “Watch You Sleep,” “Lazy Eye” hiccups rocking nervously towards a big climax, “North Dakota” represents a moment of introspection and “Architects” ingeniously combines the main elements of roots rock and power pop with each other. Well, here we would just all thirteen tracks of “Steady Now” just passing in review can, but that’s not really necessary, because it really adds no longer the essence of this piece to. And that the mere finding that we really celebrated with a record deal. An album full of catchy hooks and melodies pain, that a place on our shelf somewhere close to the best of Whiskey Town and The Jayhawks will get. And that in itself would actually reference largely sufficient!
Dutch review – Goggle Translate version below:
That Canada no longer the little brother of big neighbor musical America, we are convinced for some time. Take the group Sleepy Driver, the latest project of one Peter Hicks, founder and also composer of all the songs on their first album “Steady now”.
The country tinged rock and countrypop of these guys should not do for many CDs we get sent from the States. Indeed, at home stabbing them effortlessly above the mediocrity out. For me they can feel in the vein of Blue Rodeo places, though they are slightly more country tinged. The album opens very strongly driven by the country tinged “Like a weapon.” It surprises me not that the new single is. The song is radio friendly, sound very accessible and has the necessary hitgevoelig nature. This could also be said some other songs including the beautiful ‘When The Lights Come On “,” North Dakota “with its lovely vocals and” And the grave digger says …”, as the first single from this CD proves to be .
Clever songs with irresistible melodies. Other songs are more rock then tinted and has a slightly heavier guitar sound. It also sneaks in some blues in some of these songs. Listen to the trio “Architects,” Get Right With The Lord “and” Let You Down “. In three songs, “Where You Are”, “North Dakota” and “Only water, there is a pedal steel to pass and which are in turn more folky and country of entry. Sleepy Driver belongs undoubtedly home to the great genre jambandfestivals Bonnaroo.
Judging from this “Steady now” they will certainly not mal figure.