Demo & Photo Essay
Feb. 22-24, 2019 | Pacific City, Ore.
It had been over two years since we all convened on this cabin on the Oregon coast. Then as now, we had similar goals – record music, make art. Although we were equipped with the same gear, tools and provisions to hide away for the weekend, something this time around was distinctly different.
Two years ago, the band embarked on an effort to record their first full-length album. What was captured over the course of that weekend, was then labored on for the next twelve months. The album, Storm Floatin’, is filled with the bouncy bluegrass sounds of the band’s early song writing. Yet by the time of the album’s release, there were new sonic ideas and themes growing within the band. The preferred instrumentation was changing and there was a growing sense that these songs, although loved, felt worn. The band had grown and was different then when they recorded the album. The release of Storm Floatin’ was a significant moment, no doubt, but it felt more like the closing of a chapter rather than a thrust forward.
This time was different. Hazy Rock in both forms, audible and visual, is the confluence of who the band is today and where they’re going – two paths converging into one clear direction. Leaving the cabin felt less like the beginning of a steep climb and more like the transfer of potential to kinetic energy. Despite that energy and their instruments becoming electric, the sounds and soul of Hazy Rock remain emphatically Sleepers.
Music by Wooden Sleepers
Written and photographed by Alex Kocher