"Tell The Kids To Keep It Real"- An Interview With Inspired And The Sleep
Interview by Autumn McDonald and Kyla Rain
Photography by Annika Cimas
There's no denying that Inspired And The Sleep have an amazingly unique sound, and bring something to the music scene no one else can. Max Greenhalgh, the lead singer, describes the band’s sound as a kind of “psychedelic pop music.” He explains, “we like to do really strange things, lots of reverb.” Bryce Outcault, who plays guitar and keys for the band, added in, “we’ve been labelled dream pop before, or just plain indie.” At the show we attended, they played songs from their latest EP, “Eyelid Kid,” and the smooth upbeat melodies had us and many others dancing through their set.
After the show, we asked them how they came up with their sound, and Greenhalgh explained that for the vast majority of their songs, they record them first, and once they have them done they can “take a step back” and say, “now we wanna play this live.” He went on, saying, “We actually just finished mixing a whole EP today, so now we’re in the process of taking the recordings and seeing how we can figure it out live. There’s tons of things on the recordings that we can’t really do in person, but we try to figure it out with other gear.”
In regards to their biggest musical inspirations, Outcault says Cut Copy, and Tom Atkins (drums), says that he pulls a lot of drumming inspiration from Steve Jordan. Greenhalgh tells us there’s a Canadian pianist that writes “awesome songs” named Patrick Watson. He also stated that he’s a “really big Jeff Buckley guy, in terms of songwriting.” That would be another thing Inspired and the Sleep brings to the table - beautiful vocal melodies, and creative, well thought-out lyrics. Max even admits he’s very “vocally centered.”
Before shows, Greenhalgh says he likes to do some vocal warm ups, and “a couple stretches", but Atkins jumps in - “he’s really into doing pre-set yoga. He’s trying to suck us all into it.” Outcault elaborates, “Max’s dream would be for all of us to do a thirty minute yoga session before a show.” Max pipes up, calling it a “pre-show vinyasa flow.” Which, is actually something I'd recommend trying, to help get in a relaxed state and prevent nerves on stage.
There’s undoubtedly a whole different experience between a live show and listening to a song with headphones in your room. We asked them to elaborate a little bit on this:
“With each song, you try to create an emotional response, or some kind of atmosphere. With live shows I think it’s a little different - a little impersonal in that sense. Obviously, listening on headphones is a totally different experience than going to a show and crowd surfing. When you go to see a live show it’s all about having fun.”
With a final closing statement, Max added, “I would like to tell the kids to keep it real.”