Sleep No More

When I first got an email from a band called Lancaster I immediately thought of a local mall and then when they said they were from Portland OR I was pretty shocked I had never heard of them before. I thought I had heard of most of the good “Christian” bands in the Northwest. Lancaster is a relatively new 5-piece alternative/indie rock band. They released their debut 6-song EP Sleep No More on January 17 2012. I haven’t seen any other “Christian” music websites pick this one up. So…Christcore exclusive! After this I hope for the band’s sake not for long.

Sleep No More starts out with a great intro about people defaming God’s name. Kyle Dalen’s vocals immediately reminded me of John Ball and Dustin Kensrue of Thrice (RIP). I couldn’t find anything seriously wrong with his vocals on this EP which is rare in this music scene today.

The next song “Lost Boys ” is by far my favorite tune off this EP. The lyrics are hard-hitting and thoughtful and the music has depth. The Lancaster’s musical style reminds me of a mixture between the alternative rock highs of O’ Brother and the beautiful intrinsic instrumental attitude of The Sleep Design. All around this song brings it all to dinner!

On track 4 “Life/Death/Petrichor ” they almost move over to a more Switchfoot sound. I must say it really suits them. “Muted ” the last song takes on a sobering ballad tone and makes for a great ending to this EP. It made me want to hit the repeat button a couple more times.

41/2/5 Stars:Sleep No More is a great EP from a promising band that looks to have a bright future if they can keep it together. For such a young group they seem to fit together really well. Nothing ever seemed out of place or confusing. I Don’t want to sound demanding but I hope to see a full-length album from these guys in the near future. Until then I guess Sleep No More will have to tide me over. It would be cool if Lancaster toured more or did a lot more Northwest shows. Lancaster and other bands like them are what the record labels need to start signing if they want to survive.

Brian Morrissette