sleepy boy moe is an oakland, ca band that consists of bassists/vocalist Shaun Wargowsky and drummer Lindsay Cooper. They formed in September of 2006 and have since played extensively from coast to coast in cities such as San Franicisco, Oakland, Berkeley, New York, Cleveland, Detroit, and Reno.
dirty, sludge folk.
behind the night.
a morphine dripped bedtime story.
an airplane taking off above the early morning sky. sirens at 3am.
atoms of the sun.
deep and hypnotic basslines, distorted and rhythmic guitar, sparse and syncopated percussion, haunting and melodic vocals.
this cd was recorded in jan-april of 2006 by founding memeber/bassist/songwriter shaun wargowsky. it was recorded in smokey, desperate rooms in berkeley and oakland on a 4-track. the cd was officially released at the stork club in oakland in nov. 2006.
REVIEW OF THE SLEEPYBOYMOE DEMO "THE SLEEPYBOYMOE TAPES"
PUBLISHED IN NOV.2006
EAST BAY EXPRESS
AND NASCENT MUSIC BLOG
BY NATE SELTENRICH
When it comes to homegrown East Bay music, Sleepyboy Moe is the real deal. Shaun Wargowsky, the man behind the name, moved to Oakland in 2005 and immediately became active in the local scene. The singer/bassist/guitarist began performing solo and with drummer Lindsay Cooper (of nicely named Oakland band Espionage a Trios) at small venues including Epic Arts in Berkeley. He recorded his debut CD, The Sleepyboy Moe Tapes, entirely in analog in Oakland and Berkeley. And his CD release party will take place Tuesday at The Stork Club in Oakland. (more >>)
As for the sound? It''s been called sludge-folk, but that doesn''t begin to convey the hiss, fuzz, and noise captured in songs like "Nice Try, Nice Guy." Most of the album sounds like a third-generation copy of a lo-fi cassette tape. Wargowsky''s droning (yet enchanting) rhythms and possessed (almost feminine) vocals compliment the recording perfectly (or maybe it''s the other way around), making this release more art than cheap reproduction of a live performance. You can find it at Aquarius Records in San Francisco (22nd and Valencia) and Amoeba Records in Berkeley (Telegraph and Haste), as well as online at https://www.tradebit.com and iTunes.
-Before moving to Oakland, Wargowsky sang and played keyboards, bass, and guitar in a number of groups in the Akron/Kent/Cleveland area (Ohio, of course), where he attended school at Kent State University.
-These groups include the Stool Creak Circus (alternative rock), the Flavor Cat Hairparticles (ska, punk, Latin), and the Kent State African Ensemble (gospel choir).
REVIEW OF THE SLEEPYBOYMOE DEMO BY AQUARIUS RECORDS IN SAN FRANCISCO
This is the debut cd-r from lone sludge-folk troubadour Sleepy Boy Moe from Oakland. There''s so much murk and hiss on his lo-lo-fi recordings that they sound like they''re coming off an old cassette tape that was retrieved from the bottom of the lake. But don''t let that dissuade you. Peer through the haze and listen close. You''ll hear what we''ve likened to the tweaked instability of Daniel Johnston sung through the sandy throat of Tom Waits. "
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