REAL GONE GOES OUT: Sleeper – Kentish Town Forum, London, 5/8/2017

It’s approximately 8:30pm. The house lights are wavering and there’s a growing feeling of tense excitement in the venue. Spent in the company of various bands from Britpop’s peak, the Star Shaped Festival has already provided a very enjoyable afternoon, but there’s also been a definite feeling throughout most of the day that a reformed Sleeper are the biggest draw, so perhaps this tense and nervous feeling is more than justified. There’s a lot riding on their return and this next hour.

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Sleeper – London Astoria, April 1994

The Britpop years between 1993-97 brought wave after wave of great music.  From the well documented – Oasis, Blur, Suede and Pulp – to those lesser talked about years later – Gene, Marion, Menswear – each act brought their own slant to classic retro styles, often centering around guitar driven pop-rock.

Among the big players were Sleeper.  Sleeper were special.  With a musical grounding that mixed the pop hooks of Blondie and the proto punk-pop of The Undertones with lyrical narratives that were often interesting, their first two albums (‘Smart’, 1995 and ‘The It Girl’, 1996) have really stood the test of time.

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Watch Bluetones man Mark Morriss cover Sisters of Mercy!

At the end of July 2015, singer-songwriter Mark Morriss releases his second solo album ‘The Taste of Mark Morriss’.

On the LP, the sometime Bluetones frontman covers tunes from a range of eras and influences including REM, Scott Walker, Madonna and Weezer.

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