Sleep Parade
Things Can Always Change


4.5
superb

Review

by Vooligan USER (32 Reviews)
February 11th, 2010 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All we are is all we are...

Three piece Sleep Parade have gone through a lot in the past few years, both good and bad. Prior to recording Things Can Always Change the band lost nearly all of their equipment in a fire and also had their keyboardist quit halfway through the recording process. On the other side of the coin, the band was hand picked by Porcupine Tree as the sole supports on their last two Australian tours, as well as selling out plenty of their own headlining gigs around the country. Such a rollercoaster ride is bound to impact on the music created, however it is perhaps front man/guitarist Leigh Davies’ father’s battle with schizophrenia that is most influential in the song writing. This constant fight has given rise to Sleep Parade’s debut album being one of the most sincere and passionate albums released in Australia for a long while.

The album kicks off with perhaps the punchiest number on the record, ‘Carry On.’ It is immediately obvious why the song was chosen as the lead single, with its large synth presence and the huge chorus from guitarist/singer Leigh Davies proving to be quite infectious, bellowing ‘Carry on, leave it all behind’. On follow up track ‘Everyday,’ Sleep Parade show they are equally at ease playing Oceansize influenced epics as they are playing catchy modern rock. Backed by the strong rhythm section of Dan Teng (Drums) and James Livesey (Bass), Davies gives the listener an indication of his guitar skill, busting out a nifty little solo towards the end of the song before launching into another huge chorus. ‘Everyday’ actually packs a fair bit of emotional weight, with Davies essentially singing to his father,

“This mental prison cell of insecurity,
Your pain lives within me....
I feel your pain, everyday.”


While being able to fit quite nicely into the current Australian alternative rock scene, Sleep Parade have managed to set themselves apart easily because they’re not afraid to use a lot of electronics or acoustic guitars. This is particularly true on songs such as second single ‘Passengers’ and the emotional ‘Open Up.’ Like every song on the album, ‘Open Up’ possesses a huge number of layers, both vocally and instrumentally, creating quite a dense sound for a trio. The large use of layers also proves its worth on the Porcupine Tree like ‘All We Are,’ with Davies haunting voice seemingly following itself around over the top of acoustic guitars. Similarly, the large use of synths on ‘Underground’ call back to Kid A era Radiohead.

Atmosphere is one of the first things that come to mind when listening to Things Can Always Change, moving from being quite dense to quite light seamlessly. Throughout the record, the band manages to contrast the light and the dark, fitting perfectly with the overall theme of the album. Lyrically, Davies focuses on his father’s illness and the emotional struggles that come with it. In fact, there are more than a few parts throughout the record where Davies opens himself up, the raw emotion in his voice actually becoming quite moving. This is particularly true on the last and best track on the album, ‘Weeping Walls’. As it builds up to the final climax of screaming guitars, sparkling electronics and thundering drums; Davies roars “I’ll tell you all I know, things can always change.” This single moment is one of the most powerful and awe inspiring things this reviewer has heard, ever. Then, after that huge release of emotion, as if nothing happened it’s gone, the album’s over. However, such is the gravity of that one moment; it stays encapsulated in the listener’s thoughts to be replayed over and over.

Sleep Parade went through a pretty torrid time in the lead up to the release of Things Can Always Change. It wasn’t even meant to be an album; the band originally intended it to be an EP, but as somewhat of an afterthought, decided to ‘whip up a couple of songs and hit record.’ Ironically, there is not one hint of filler on this album; every track is strong in its own right, something which is becoming a rarity in an overcrowded scene. Combine that with support from the biggest progressive rock band in the world, the only way for Sleep Parade is up.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
Vooligan
February 11th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Be nice, kids. This album's pretty special to me.



Also, they have a different bassist now and have also got another guitarist/keyboardist. So yes, they are a four piece now. Look out for a new album later this year.

charles2000
February 11th 2010


450 Comments


i give this one star out of two

Roach
February 11th 2010


2148 Comments


hahahahaaa

Powerban
February 11th 2010


2381 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album. Promising band. You won't run out of proggy alt-rock to review in aus. I expect 2010 to have a few surprising newcomers as well.

Vooligan
February 11th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah dude, going to be so much to get through in the next few months. Can't wait!

Roach
February 11th 2010


2148 Comments


hahaaahaah australia

PayneTiger777
February 11th 2010


4509 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I can't find this album anywhere and it's making me a sad panda bear. I've even tried torrents for it and they never work.

Masochist
February 11th 2010


8758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

PayneTiger777 - Check your shoutbox.



Excellent review for an amazing album. I'm definitely psyched for the new release!

Jim
February 11th 2010


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah this album is great. haven't listened to it in a while, though.



nice one, billy.

Douglas
February 11th 2010


9283 Comments


About time this got a review, good work.

greg84
Emeritus
February 11th 2010


7587 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Not one of my favorite Aussie bands, yet this album is decent. Everyday and Open Up ftw.

Digging: Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time

Vooligan
February 15th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks heaps guys!



This realy needs more attention on here...

Captain North
February 16th 2010


6793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Reviewed this the other day on radio. Only gave it 3.5 but I told the whole 10 people who might have been listening to go out and buy it. Love the album though (weird given my rating I know).

Vooligan
March 9th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They played this song called Headstorm on the weekend. Would have been about 12 minutes long. Was fucking amazing, everything about it was awesome.

StormTheForts
June 2nd 2010


40 Comments


just got the album yesterday, loving it, cant wait for new material

Phideaux
June 10th 2010


1659 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this album rules. I'm surprised its not more popular around here.

Vooligan
June 11th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, album's amazing. New single should be out in the next week or so, too.

Vooligan
June 13th 2010


3541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

They were so good at Cog last week. Single launch this friday, will be orgasmic.



Headstorm will be one of the songs of the year.

qwe3
June 13th 2010


21808 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

albums kinda meh but all we are rules

Phideaux
June 15th 2010


1659 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Definitely excited to hear some new stuff from these guys. I'm curious to see how they progress on the new album.



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