I remember semi-vividly through an alcohol induced haze going into the recording studio with Sleepwar for the first time. Our then drummer was attending the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) in Tempe, AZ and his friend and fellow student had set up a time to record our band. The whole situation was haphazard and thrown together and overall sloppy. I kept leaving the studio to take more than just a sip from my flask of whiskey and came back each time more and more distant from what was happening. The night ended and we all went home. No one was really surprised that the recording turned out to be garbage (they were all still learning at their school, after all), but we were all still disappointed.
Both James and Roger had previously been in Something Left To Learn (SLTL) and had experience in a professional recording studio. Roger had also been in several other local and national bands including Namesake and Goodbye Tomorrow. Though I had been creating and recording music in my house for personal use for around a decade at that point, this was the first time I was recording in a big proper studio. The result of the recording left me feeling isolated and disillusioned: was this as good as I was going to get? And was I wasting my time on music?
Over the next year and a half, I would go through personal ups and downs before sobering up which had a drastically improved effect on my writing. Together with the rest of Sleepwar, new songs were written which we eventually recorded for our first EP, When We Were, with local engineer/ producer Cory Spotts (Job For A Cowboy, The Maine, Bless the Fall, Greeley Estates) at his studio BLUElight Audio Media in Phoenix, AZ. The songs on that record reflect our personal struggles with addiction, isolation, depression, disillusionment and heartbreak. Through all of our individual trouble, both past and present, we came together to express these struggles through our music; to tell people that regardless of whatever strife you face there are always others out there who you can connect to. There’s always someone else who can relate to your struggle. The time for isolation is over. May these songs be as cathartic for you as they were for us to write.
Please go check out some samples of When We Were HERE and if you like what you hear please consider purchasing. All money goes directly to us to cover recording costs for what will be our first yet unnamed album. Thank you in advance for your support!
-Tim Woodbridge, keyboards and production