The Big Sleep

“The Big Sleep is a New York City-based three-piece. It’s just drums, guitar, and bass, but oh how the members put it all together—and their music doesn’t sound like Mogwai, Russian Circles, or Godspeed You Black Emperor. They pick up where the Verve could have gone with the wig-outs on its first two records, or where shoegazers like Slowdive only hinted at going. Throw in some heavy riffs and layers of My Bloody Valentine-drizzled haze, and that’s the sound of the Big Sleep’s take on (mostly) instrumental songs. When Sonya Balchandani’s (bass and vocals) voice slithers over the cacophony, it’s chilling. Her voice is thick and lustrous, the lyrics rolling like velvet off her tongue…. The songs sound quite dark but with an energy that crackles bright and warm…”  Prefix Magazine

“It’s not often that an album arrives out of the blue - with no hype attached - and simply floors you. But that’s exactly what The Big Sleep’s debut ‘Son Of The Tiger’ has done to RS. This Brooklyn, NY, trio have produced one hell of a record that intersperses moody atmospheric instrumental tracks with some ghostly vocals courtesy of bassist Sonya Balchandani.”  Rock Sound (UK)

“I always imagined the whole point of events like CMJ was to discover music you hadn’t heard before, but my luck hasn’t been too good the past two years. Pulling into Pianos as part of the Frenchkiss showcase, The Big Sleep were my pleasant surprise of the night. The Brooklyn-based trio banged out muscular avant-rock textures with a totally bonkers Mick Fleetwood bugeye drummer who did those Zep things Dom Leone loves and a guitarist as content to hash out blues riffs (over bassist Sonya Balchandani’s teutonic drone) as ear-splitting electronic noise. It would’ve been next to impossible to buy beer in this sardines-packt crowd, so at least the music was pretty kickass.”  Pitchfork

“Brooklyn band The Big Sleep has earned a reputation as a face-melting hard-rock act, but that’s not the whole story. Menacing bass lines, riveting feedback and searing guitar sequences make up the trio’s basic vocabulary, but as its debut, Son of the Tiger (Frenchkiss), reveals, the group tempers its sludgy tendencies with shoegaze-style effects and psych adventures. The result is a rare hybrid of dreamy and heavy, a sound that is somehow vile and soothing at once. The band’s monstrous live show is a transporting experience…. Illuminated from the floor as if playing in a creepy, lantern-lit barn, the threesome is deceptively powerful. Building slowly on a simple bass line or an unassuming synth effect, they eventually assault the room with a wall of jagged noise that escalates even further with guitarist Danny Barria’s soaring solos. And then, the decibel level abates, gradually lowering to mellow grooves that frame bassist Sonya Balchandani’s blunt, understated vocals. Even though its high-low roller coaster scrambles the stomach as thoroughly as a metal band might, the Big Sleep shows just how delicate the heavy stuff can be.” Time Out NY

“Ever have one of those dreams where your limbs get all heavy, but you’re still totally kicking ass ... only to wake up and realize that your clock radio’s been blasting Zeppelin into your subconscious for the last three minutes? Well, that’s a little like listening to Son of the Tiger, the debut by New York trio The Big Sleep: heavy, spacey, (nearly) instrumental rock.”  Pittsburgh City Paper

“The Big Sleep’s combination of name and aesthetic is a gutsy move: this is exactly the kind of thick, meandering music, heavy on the multitracking and light on the vocals, that if done badly would merely allow satisfied critics to note that the band is selling precisely what they advertise. But there’s too much life here for that—too much in the prog-rock stomp drummer Gabriel Rhodes cheerfully slathers across churning pop like “Murder”; too much in the billowing guitar Danny Barria casts over “S.K.B.”; and too much, particularly, in Sonya Balchandani’s bass, which in one of Son of the Tiger’s wisest moves is given what amounts to an entire track of its own. “You Can’t Touch the Untouchable,” driven by a slowly loosening bass line that carefully skirts the edge of mood music, is a highlight—as is the title track, also Balchandani’s show; she not only steadily supports the song’s hyperactive menace but turns in a hazy vocal performance that’s one of her best…”  Stylus

“The Big Sleep, a mostly instrumental trio from Brooklyn, N.Y., touches down with an uncommonly strong debut in the form of “Son of the Tiger.” The band comes crashing out of the gates with the unrelenting “Brown Beauty,” whose jet plane guitar and buzzing synth lift the song toward a dramatic, heart-pounding climax. Out of the smoldering wreck comes “Murder,” propelled by a rat-a-tat drum attack and Johnny Ramone-style hyperspeed guitar and eventually lathered with a thick, foamy wash of reverb and delay. “You Can’t Touch the Untouchable,” anchored by chest-thumping bass and a deep-in-the-pocket drum groove, is punctuated by sudden stops that heighten the building tension, including one long pause more than three minutes in that you’ll be certain is the finish line. Awesome. With “Son of the Tiger,” the Big Sleep has brewed up a stirring alchemical stew of math rock industry and emotional depth.”  Billboard

“One of the best debuts of 2006, the Big Sleep has knocked us all for a loop here at Sound Fix. The band’s name couldn’t be a bigger misnomer – ain’t no sleeping going on here, just some dead-tight, heavy, post-math-rock jammers, and it’s slammin’! Son of the Tiger takes us through 10 selections of really interesting and propulsive female-vox-leading modern rock in a completely amazing way, no cliches, no duds, just originality brimming on every note. You get the velocity of Drive Like Jehu and No Knife, the dynamic of June of 44, the guitar presense of Sonic Youth, the textures of Tristeza, and the density of Mogwai. I never thought I’d like another indie rock band, but I’m wide awake on the Big Sleep, a total pleasant surprise.”  Sound Fix Records

“The Big Sleep’s seducing-yet-disorienting bedroom-metal boasts berserker guitar lines that bug-eye and rubberband through sumo-dense walls of winter-coat feedback and anxiety drums. On standouts “Murder” and “Shima,” the hypnotic leads are flanked by doorbell keyboards and Balchandani’s ghostly, answering-machine vocals. This is religious music.”  Spin.com Band of the Day

“There’s a lot of initial exploration here in the grooves of “Are You Ready (For Love)?” and “Locomotion” that hasn’t been touched before. None of this has been explored, actually. Fresh, unbroken ground that snaps when the blade of the spade cuts it in the dew that gathered pre-dawn. This is all a new experience, being blasted from that forlorn shack out in the middle of nowhere that the band then sets fire to after they’re all done and moves on to the next one. The Big Sleep got it right.”  Bullz-Eye.com

“...a fully formed psych-rock beast, equally capable of soothing with gentle melodies as it is of slaughtering with a menacing attack.”  Playback: Stl

“You Can’t Touch the Untouchable” from The Big Sleep’s debut full-length, Son of the Tiger, is proof that there are still good indie rock songs to be made. From the muted drums and infectious bass line to the playful keyboards and feedback heavy guitars, every instrument on this song is doing exactly the right thing at exactly the right time…. And, fortunately, Son of the Tiger has nine more radiant, angular and mathy instrumental tracks to blow your mind and melt your face off. It’s hard to believe only three people can create this much sprawling, blissful noise.”  Portfolio Weekly

“‘Murder’‘s final minute-plus offers the kind of clouds-part radiance that can only follow extreme tension…. It’s the plane taking off in a downpour, getting rocked every which way, then breaking through the cumulonimbi. The sun is that bright.”  Pitchfork

“The Big Sleep is a rock band from New York: they are also a force that will lift you off your feet and slam you into the wall behind you, where you will rattle to the ground, brush yourself off, and come back for more.”  Loose Record

“The Big Sleep is easily New York’s best unknown: psych-rock explorations that are long, and mind blowing.”  Village Voice

“Arrive early, sad sack, and get your mind blown by Brooklyn-based trio the Big Sleep, whose largely-instrumental brand of darkness rolls in apocalyptic waves, with traces of early (pre-‘The’) Verve-meets-Sonic Youth-meets My Bloody Valentine-meets the awesome dream you once had after you stayed up for three days straight. But the Big Sleep are less about who they might remind you of, and more about where they’re going. If you went to Disney World and rode Space Mountain, and there were moments of blissful drifting between the times you’re hurtling through the cosmos at breakneck speeds, it still wouldn’t describe what you’re in store for. Wearing a seat belt on your trip with the Big Sleep won’t do you any good at all.”  New York Press (July 2006)

“These guys aren’t retro (if anything, they are future-o), don’t employ Wire-like guitars, and don’t do the Hell yelp or Curtis croon. The Big Sleep are a trio that plays driving psych-rock that sounds similar to the forever-underrated Turing Machine, or Trans Am back when they were good. This band is extremely tight on the rhythms, creating walls of stunning guitar sound backed by precise percussion. Their songs definitely get a groove going, and you can almost hear each member’s pure delight at how well they can rock it with each other.”  Oh My Rockness

“Everybody loves The Big Sleep. Honestly. We have yet to meet someone or read something who has lead us to believe that these guys aren’t the best thing floating around under the radar in New York right now. This noisy psychedelic trio has been making waves in the local scene for the last few months now, including a major set at the Mercury Lounge on New Year’s Eve. They have a decidedly unique sound that stands out in this town. We expect big things out of these guys….”  Gothamist

Loose Record Interview

“It’s difficult to remember anything more exciting than stumbling on a new band that completely blows your mind. Last October, I was fortunate enough to experience this rare occasion. As the first of four bands took the stage, we unassumingly staggered into the back room to see if they had any redeeming qualities. The next forty minutes trumped any musical discovery I’ve made in the last year or two. Thus began my love affair with The Big Sleep. When seeing this band, I instantly question my faith. They make me want to get on bending knee and worship at the foot of their impressively composed, psychedelia-doused Wall of Sound.”  The Deli Magazine

Crashin’ In Interview

“Once in a blue moon a band comes along out of nowhere with such jaw dropping fury and awe-inspiring righteousness that it’s hard to even grasp what it is that they’ve done to you. Hyperboles like mesmerizing and enthralling and hypnotic don’t even begin to describe the game that The Big Sleep brings to the table. Overwhelming is a closer approximation to the effect their music approaches. The songs, a few of which I’d heard on their demos, sounded like a caged tigers turned loose live - stunningly roaring and pulsating. This is rock n’ roll, kids, make no mistake—this is a band not to be missed.”  jenyk.com

CONTACTS

PR: Kip Kouri @ Tell All Your Friends (US)

Booking: Daniel @ Windish (US)
Liam @ International Talent Booking (UK)