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Charting the Music: Sleepy Kitty, 'The Projection Room'

Charting the Music: Sleepy Kitty, 'The Projection Room'
Written by Lauren Kellett
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On the band's sophomore LP, "The Projection Room," Sleepy Kitty blends its massive pool of influences into a classic indie-rock sound with an artistic edge that only a duo this multi-talented could achieve.

Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult have proved their potential as one of St. Louis' finest rockers, with style that mixes pop, alternative rock and hypnotic vocals in way that shows they don't simply imitate their idols, but have taken notes and created something completely fresh for the a new generation.

88.1 KDHX chart position: #2 on CMJ Top 30 for July 30, 2013.

Record label, release date and producer: "The Projection Room" was set to be released on August 27, 2013 on Euclid Records, but has been pushed back to January 14, 2014. The album was produced by Sleepy Kitty.

Can be heard on: Wax Lyrical with Caron, Gold Soundz with Chris Bay and the Mixtape with Jason Robinson.

RIYL: Yeah Yeah Yeahs with a more focused sound, Sult's past band Harvey Danger, or Pavement if they starred in a Broadway musical.

Hometown: St. Louis

Standout tracks: "What Are You Gonna Do When You Find Bigfoot" is the perfect example of Sleepy Kitty's clever blend of show-tuney pianos and playful lyrics, "Hold Yr Ground" will make St. Louisans beam with pride and non-locals wish they could understand and "Batman the Ride" is guaranteed to make anyone who has visited Six Flags nostalgic for those long lines they once thought were terrible. A solid contender for best track is the dreamy, pysch-rock explosion that is "Godard Protagonist Inflection."

About the band: Guitarist Brubeck and drummer Sult met in Chicago when Brubeck was enrolled at the Art Institute in 2007, where they worked together on an experimental class project involving layering field recordings of the city with their own harmonies and drums. They released their first full-length album "Infinity City" in 2011 and opened for bands like Dresden Dolls, Neon Trees, Deerhoof and Chuck Berry soon after. When they aren't on tour, the duo runs a screenprinting business, also named Sleepy Kitty, out of an old warehouse on Cherokee Street.

This label: Euclid Records is a St. Louis-based label formed after their record store, now located on Gore Avenue in Webster Groves, Mo. had been in business for over 30 years. They've put out records from some of St. Louis' best artists, including Troubadour Dali, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and the Painkillers.

Play it while: This one's a no-brainer -- blast Sleepy Kitty through your headphones while walking down Cherokee Street or any other St. Louis neighborhood of your choosing.

Awards and accolades: Voted Riverfront Time's Best Indie Band in St. Louis 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Playing St. Louis: Will be in St. Louis at the Pageant on August 23

KDHX coverage: A previous "Charting the Music" article on the album "Infinity City" and a concert review from the band's 2012 performance at Thursdays at the Intersection.

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