St. Paul. Minn. three-man alternative metal band Sleep is the Enemy has signed on to perform at EDGEdOut battle of the bands November 22 in Storm Lake.
The boys have been known to sport a bit of a zombie look, but on stage are about straight-ahead rock, driven by a pounding drum beat and vocals that alternate between melodic and all-out screaming.
"We are having a great time mixing these different genres together in hopes of leaving a lasting impression on the Twin Cities area music scene," the band members said.
The band was formed in March by former members (guitarist/vocalist Dave Pickerign, and bassist/backup vocalist Josh Nickleby) of the grunge band, "Emergence Entombed". Shortly after the break up of "EE", Dave started writing fresh material unlike the style that was "typical" of him at the time. It was a heavier and deeper sound with darker undertones.
After writing a few new songs, Dave asked Josh Nickleby (former EE drummer) to play bass for the new project. Several ads were placed over websites, and flyers, and after a long search, Joe Radke was enlised on drums.
The new band's name was Joey's immediate contribution. The boys started jamming right away and soon completed their debut song "Masquerade."
Several other songs just seemed to flow out of the newly formed trio including "The Nothing," "Lying Tree" and the swing-style "The Curse That Started it All".
Still unsigned, they have been playing mostly local shows since June. With their sound now fully evolved, EDGEdOut is a chance to expand their horizons, with a U.S. Tour in the works for the summer of 2009.
Their self-titled debut E.P. is being recorded at McNally-Smith College of Music, and is expected out soon.
You can preview some of their original music at www.myspace.com/sleepistheenemy51
Eight alternative bands will vie for a cash prize in the 4th annual KBVU 97.5 EDGEdOut. The victor of the rock battle will be invited to EDGEFest '09 in Sunset Park on May 16th. EDGEdOUT will begin at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6. All bands will be selling their CD's and signing autographs.
The concert is open to all ages. Tickets are $5 at the door.