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MP3 Sleeping in the Aviary - Great Vacation!

With each release, SITA has changed up their sound, from pop-punk, to indie-folk and now, for this third full-length album, to storytelling over pop-infused land mines.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (32:04) !
Related styles: Pop: Pop/Rock, Rock: Garage Rock, Mood: Weird

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"I think it would be boring to make the same record over and over again," says Elliott Kozel, singer/guitarist of Sleeping in the Aviary. "I want to surprise people with each album that I make."

For listeners who have been following Sleeping in the Aviary, new album Great Vacation will do just that. With each release, the Minneapolis band has changed up their sound, from pop-punk, to indie-folk and now, for their third full-length album, to storytelling over pop-infused land mines.

The lineup of Kozel, Phil Mahlstadt (bass) and Michael Sienkowski (drums) churned out their debut album, Oh, This Old Thing? in 2007. The disc''s intense bursts of lo-fi pop-punk drew comparisons to The Thermals, Buzzcocks, Violent Femmes and Nirvana. Then another side of the band''s musical personality was captured on SITA''s sophomore album from 2008. Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel was a move towards indie-folk heralded by the addition of fourth member, Celeste Heule, on accordion and musical saw. Kozel switched from electric to acoustic guitar for many of the songs, and also found himself screaming just a little less, exposing more of a tender side. This album cued comparisons to artists such as Neutral Milk Hotel, Bright Eyes, Baptist Generals and even Bob Dylan.

For 2010, Great Vacation once again finds the band in fresh musical territory, and also with a newly-added fifth member; Kyle Sobczak on guitar. Layers of backup vocals (including multiple tracks of gargling, which Kozel describes as "the new reverb") and additional instruments such as harp, trumpet, banjo and mouth harp accompany stories of scuba diving, sinking on a ship, space-like love, an S&M session gone awry (or did it?) and the occurrence of irony the day before one dies. The ten songs on the album were tracked and mixed by the band themselves in their Minneapolis attic.

Though the band moved to Minnesota in 2009, Sleeping in the Aviary''s roots are in Madison, Wis. There, local indie label Science of Sound fell in love with their theatric and chaotic live shows, and offered to record them in their studio. This was the start of a relationship which has found the band and label working together for all of SITA''s albums thus far, and also for some of their side projects.

Lineup: Elliott Kozel (vocals, guitar), Phil Mahlstadt (bass), Michael Sienkowski (drums, backing vocals), Celeste Heule (accordion, musical saw)

"Alternately somber, poignant, lively or even a bit waltzy, Expensive Vomit in A Cheap Hotel will leave you neither nauseous nor drowsy. - CMJ New Music Report 10/20/08

"...engaging, dank and irreverent energy..." - Alternative Press

"...Sleeping in the Aviary possesses the same snotty charm as the aforementioned Femmes (circa their early era), especially in the vocal stylings of singer/guitarist Elliott Kozel, which can be heard clearly on the album opening ''Write On.'' Elsewhere, you''ll also find a Pixies-esque ditty (''Gas Mask Blues'') and a haunting album closing ditty (''Windshield'')." - All Music Guide

"In a departure from the band''s debut, Oh, This Old Thing?, Sleeping in the Aviary bounds down the road littered with folk rock heroes of the past. ''Gas Mask Blues'' is a Siamese twin to Bob Dylan''s ''Maggie''s Farm,'' while ''Write On'' opens the affair with a burst of love sick rage." - Illinois Entertainer

"Their debut full-length...was a controlled chaos of warbled vocals, fast riffing, and sentiments of abjection. This year''s Expensive Vomit in a Cheap Hotel comes up with a similar thesis - but this time around, it''s been filtered down to a level somewhere between post-psychotic folk music and a pre-apocalyptic drug addiction. For my money, this is a pure coclear joy." - PRICK Magazine

"Expensive Vomit begins like Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes leading an unplugged Arcade Fire, but it swiftly blasts into an unbridled rock rave-up worthy of the Pixies back when Black Francis was delivering demon-exercising howls." - The Charlotte Observer

"The raw and immediate approach that garnered the band comparisons to The Thermals is still around. It''s toned down a tad, though, as SITA tackles a broader base of influences, drawing on everything from late-''90s indie pop to that sort of singer/songwriter folk that''s been around forever without changing one bit. Just take it as a whiskey and speed party at the folk festival and leave it there." - Aversion

"...a raggedy sort of rock of roll, one that dips its toe into folk and the blues before galloping back into the world of clanging guitars." - Aiding & Abetting

"Touchy, creave, sappy, eclectic, and fiercely energetic all at the same time; Sleeping in the Aviary bring together an array of sound most bands can only dream of accomplishing."- Metro Spirit

"Sleeping in the Aviary has moved beyond the headlong punk abandon of their debut, crafting an impressive set of refined pop songs -- replete with ''la, la, la''s,'' and ''oooh-wee''s!'' -- even if they''re still dressing them with indie noise trappings." - Elmore Magazine

"A truly graduated effort, like a fine wine, this album is a beautiful example of a band able to mature with time." - Three Imaginary Girls

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