Located: Sunsleeper – SLUG Magazine



If you haven’t yet fully immersed yourself in fall, Halloween, and the abundance of darker and spookier customs that come with it, there’s no better way than to immerse yourself in indie and emo style. rock from local Sunsleeper bands, Ghost of the city and Static replica see you this month SLUG Localized. Discover them on October 21 at 8 p.m. at Urban Lounge (tickets cost $ 5), Localized SLUG is sponsored by Uinta Brewery and Major brands.


Photo: Kevin Edwards

When you’ve been on the Salt Lake music scene for as long as the members of Sunsleeper, you’re bound to end up with an incredibly talented and diverse group. artists who have performed in a variety of distinct music groups. Enter Jeffery Mudget and Scott schilling, who reunited in 2015 after leaving their previous groups, Prisoners (Mudget) and Tourist attractions (Schiller).

“We had a year of trying to find our sound behind the scenes in 2015.”

“We were very open about who would be included and what type of music we would do,” says Mudgett. “We had a year of trying to find our sound behind the scenes in 2015.” It was a slow build for the band as they tried to find the right team to fit into Sunsleeper. In 2018, the band found their final formation, and joining Mudgett (guitar, vocals) and Schilling (drums) would be Matt Mascarenas on guitar and vocals, Cody Capener on guitar and Jacob Lara on bass. The years before and after consisted of tours across the country, where Mudgett admits they had great success in the Midwest and on the East Coast. He says, “Our sound sort of belongs to this community. Our first EP (Stay the same) was heavily influenced by Midwestern emo and his influences are said to be similar to the Long Island emo scene of the 2000s.

Within the music scene around Salt Lake, Sunsleeper recognizes that they are not part of a specific “clique” or group, but rather they are there to bond and have a good time. They see SLC as their home base and a place where they have met many friends and diverse artists, although the immense amount of talented individuals makes it difficult to stand out. “We took the slow but steady route,” says Mudgett. “Our first shows were performed in the underground, and now we are playing sold out at Urban and Kilby. [We’re] very appreciative of the scene, even though it is a competitive market.

“Our first shows were performed in the underground, and now we are playing sold out at Urban and Kilby. “

“This new, unreleased music was a complete collective effort, and I think that's why I love it the most,” says Jeffery Mudgett of Sunsleeper.
Photo: Kevin Edwards

Sunsleeper’s new and upcoming music is more in the indie-rock genre. Mudgett notes that all of the Sunsleeper guys have varied musical tastes, with him mostly listening to hip-hop, with Schilling having an affinity for Deftones‘his alt-metal and Mascarenas still performing in his hardcore punk band, Conditioner. “This new, unreleased music was a complete collective effort, and I think that’s why I love it the most,” Mudgett said. “It’s an expression of all of us. When writing the music, the members will normally start with an acoustic version and bring it to the collective, but Mudgett notes that it really comes to life in the studio and that they will do whatever it takes to bring a song to life. song. “We always say ‘a song is king’ and all the song needs is what it gets,” he says of their process.

Sunsleeper has experienced great personal growth and has broken down past traumas over the past year. Mudgett says, “A lot of downtime with yourself will lead to self-exploration.” The majority of their upcoming album tackles the theme of dark hope, with the album’s debut being lighter and indie-pop compared to the more ominous and boisterous second half. “The dominant theme is that we have hope and that we will see what happens! Mudgett says.

Catch Sunsleeper this month at SLUG Localized October 21 at 8 p.m. at Urban Lounge to hear their gender combinatorial sound and check them out on normal streaming services to stay up to date with upcoming music releases.

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