Adelaide is awash with new music talent right now and Sleep Talk are among the most exciting young exports SA has to offer.
Heavier than the majority of their contemporaries, the five-piece (singer Jacob Clement, guitarists Lewis Tito and Fraser Ray, bassist Josh Healey and drummer Michael Belletti) signed to UNFD earlier this year ahead of releasing their debut album, ‘Everything In Colour’.
Positioning themselves on the same label as Ocean Grove, Northlane, In Hearts Wake, Thornhill, Hellions, Void of Vision and Hands Like Houses was, in many ways, a no brainer, but ensuring they stand equal distance away from their label mates feels just as significant; a stumbling block for many emerging artists.
Still, Sleep Talk’s reputation as one of the most promising new bands in Australia’s heavy scene is well deserved and ‘Everything In Colour’ has since added ammunition to their expanding arsenal.
The debut is melodically rich and largely organic in the way it flits between motions. There’s no fixed agenda (for once, we believe it), other than a bunch of hard-hitting songs that combine to make something solid, relatable and impressionable. It peaks with the title track and single ‘Slowfade’, both of which were accompanied by creative video projects that offer more of an insight into what the band are all about stylistically.
Colour, it goes without saying, is a theme that runs throughout the album and videos, but in person and individually, when we meet for a photoshoot in Adelaide, the guys who make up Sleep Talk are far more muted (but no less interesting) in how they present themselves.
Much like their music, it’s all in the details with these unassuming Adelaidians.
A gold Casio watch and a pair of polka dot PLAY COMME des GARÇONS x Converse stand out when we photograph them, accompanied by small brand motifs and black band tees.
Washed denim staples and linework tattoos complete the look, teamed with polite and calm dispositions that suggest they keep their fire firmly for the stage.
When the details come together, and in stage mode, Sleep Talk are commanding, intense and thoroughly in control, suggesting that what will come from more shows, more tours and more time together will be something full of life and just as intentionally diverse.
All photos by Jay Wennington.
Sleep Talk photographed at Enigma Bar, Adelaide.