Article written by Autumn McDonald
Photography by Annika Cimas
There is no denying that Inspired And The Sleep has an amazingly unique sound and brings something to the music scene that no one else can. Max Greenhalgh, the lead singer, describes the band’s unique sound as a kind of “psychedelic pop music.” He explains, “we like to do really strange things with them, lots of reverb.” Bryce Outcault, who plays guitar and keys for the band, added in, “we’ve gotten dream pop before, or just plain indie.” At their show we attended, they played songs from their latest EP, “Eyelid Kid,” and the smooth upbeat melodies had me and many others dancing all throughout their set.
After the show we asked them how they came up with their sound, and Greenhalgh explained that for the vast majority of their songs, they record them first, and once they have them down and recorded they can “take a step back” and say, “now we wanna play this live.” He went on in saying, “We actually just finished mixing a whole EP today, so now we’re in the process of taking the recordings and seeing how we can figure it out live. There’s tons of things that are on the recordings that we can’t really do in person, but we try to figure it out with other gear.”
In regards to their biggest musical inspirations, Outcault says “Cut Copy”, and Tom Atkins, who plays drums for Inspired And The Sleep, says that he pulls a lot of drumming inspiration from Steve Jordan. Greenhalgh told us there’s a Canadian pianist that writes “awesome songs,” named Patrick Watson. He also stated that he’s a “really big Jeff Buckley guy, in terms of songwriting.” That would be another thing Inspired and the Sleep brings to the table, beautiful vocal melodies, and creative well thought-out lyrics. Max even admits that he’s very “vocal centered.”
Before shows, Greenhalgh says he likes to do some vocal warm ups, and “a couple stretches,” Atkins jumped in and said, “he’s really into doing pre-set yoga. He’s trying to suck us all into it.” Outcault elaborated, “Max’s dream would be for all of us to do a thirty minute yoga session before a show.” Max calls it a “vinyasa flow before every show.” Which is something I would actually recommend trying, to help get in more of a relaxed state, and to prevent getting too nervous on stage.
There’s undoubtedly a whole different experience when you go to a live show versus when you listen to a song with headphones in your room. We asked them to elaborate a little bit about this difference. “With each song you try to create an emotional response, or some kind of atmosphere. With live shows I think it’s a little different, a little impersonal in that sense. Obviously listening on headphones is a different experience than going to a show and crowd surfing, when you go to see a live show it’s all about having fun.”
With a final closing statement, Max added, “I would like to tell the kids to keep it real.”
To catch these guys live, check out the show calendar on the site, they’re definitely not a show to miss if you’re looking to let loose and “keep it real” with good vibes with great music. Also, keep an eye out for their new EP!
Keep updated on their YouTube channel for originals and covers: https://www.youtube.com/user/inspiredandthesleep/videos