Thursday, March 29, 2007

Sleepytime Trio - Memory Minus (1998)

Second act from the amazing Maximillian Colby guys. Originally started as a project band by Drew Ringo of Max Colby with Ben Davis and Jonathan Fuller, they later became a full time band after the death of Max Colby bassist Bob Baynor. Dave Nesmith, also from Max Colby, then joined as second guitar and the band began touring. It is no suprise then that Sleepytime Trio sounds more like an extension of Max Colby as opposed to an entirely new entity. But nonetheless, the trio (actually a quattro) did maintain a certain sense of slinty dynamic that was ever so present in Mac Colby, and is something the band spent more time cultivating. The seething tension that exists in these songs is apparent from the first notes. Occasional frantic bursts of jazzy, noise damaged rock and hardcore spew through the murk and decay of the desconstructed riffs, sounding on one hand like a great release and on the other as a cacaphonous overload. Safety is not guaranteed. The drumming sounds like a vile sea, tossing and turning, daring you to lose your lunch on these slippery decks. While remaining hardcore enough to fit in with the genre as a whole, the dynamic presence of all the writers sets the Sleepytime Trio far apart from the rest of their peers, placing them on the same pedestals that their experimental forefathers Drive Like Jehu, Slint and Rodan occupy.

Memory Minus combines all of the bands work into one discography as well as songs from a live show that arent necessarily terrible. It was released on Lovitt Records, out of Virginia. Members of the band went on to form Engine Down, Denali, Rah Brahs, Milemarker and Bats and Mice. All of the bands above can also be found on the Lovitt site.

Big Thanks to 'nick' for a proper full link.


Blogger Nick said...

i posted the entire cd at :

6:53 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

good work! youre hired. somebody get this guy a desk!

11:38 PM  
Blogger Raven said...

Hey Blend,
I think you've been asking around for this. Link still works. Find it here

1:09 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

nice one! i knew i saw it somewhere not that long ago. i was beginning to think i was crazy...


1:44 AM  
Anonymous Gabbagabbahey said...

Good post, great description of the band's history and their sound. Personally, I've always been kinda ambivalent about this album, but I'm going to have to keep going back to listen to it now.

Makes me wish I could have heard this band in their own time, instead of (no offense to your excellent site) in retrospect!

9:03 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

when i heard them at the time, the only thing that sounded like them was Max Colby. they were so awesome.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Raven said...

Glad to help. I grabbed it when it was posted. Drove me nuts trying to remember where I got it too.
From the same site, I'd grab the Black Mayonnaise cd as well. It was different. I enjoy your blog and writing. And thanks for the Speak of the Sea as well!

2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! I've been seeking for this album for years and here it is :) and once again is a great music history lesson for me, and I've really learned a lot from your blog. yeah, sometimes I feel like living in a cave, but even in 21st century buying some records in poland is a big fucking problem. so, thanks again for all your sharing and writing, man, I think like I owe you a big beer but sending it through the ocean is not as big idea ;) but maybe I can do something for you instead? when you wrote some times ago about june of 44 (thanks for the "anatomy", the rest was happily on my shelf), I thought about "missing link between 'four great points' and 'anahata'", stuff from the "in the fishtank" session. your links have gone, and I didn't publish this myself, but here you are if you want: - enjoy ;)

4:10 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

thank you very much!

im glad to hear this blog reaches all the way to Poland. and that people in Poland know of June of 44 and the Sleepytime Trio.


4:03 PM  
Blogger jAy @ jApAn said...

Loved this band! takes me back to their furiously good live shows back at the old Lizard & Snake Club, Chapel Hill, NC.

7:38 PM  

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