In the last of our Summerfest interviews, the SLEEPER/AGENT army piled onto our Experience Truck the morning before their headlining performance. The Kentucky-based band has been out feverishly promoting their debut album, “Celabrasion”, which came out last fall. After turning ears prior to release with, “Get it Daddy,” the band plays on with their latest single, “Get Burned,” and alongside festival dates and a run with Dispatch
We talked with singer Alex Kandel, guitarist Tony Smith, drummer Justin Wilson and guitarist Josh Martin about their hometown, summer movies and other women who rock below.
SEN: You all have been hitting the festival circuit, including Coachella and now Summerfest. Who would play your ultimate festival and what would it be called?
Alex: We’d call it Sleepaway Camp.
Josh: Aerosmith! Aerosmith would probably play twice.
Alex: James, our friends in Grouplove, our friends in Young the Giant, and our friends in Cage the Elephant.
Tony: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Death from Above 1979 and Foo Fighters.
SEN: You all toured with Cage the Elephant, another band from your hometown. Describe the scene in Bowling Green, KY? What do you think sets it apart?
Alex: It’s just really tiny. It’s kind of interesting that at least a handful of bands have come out of there because it’s just a college town.
Tony: It’s finally starting to blossom a little bit which is cool to watch.
Alex: Our last festival of the year will be there at Starry Nights Festival, which is curated by Cage the Elephant and it’s going to be really exciting.
SEN: Alex is currently up for a “women who rock,” cover feature in Rolling Stone. What other women musicians inspire you?
Alex: Definitely a lot of Ronnie Spector and Grace Slick.
Justin: I like Blondie a lot, Debbie Harry. I like Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast. Several of the Wilson sisters from Heart.
SEN: Since you recently played with Weezer and are hitting a few dates with Dispatch. What are some of your other favorite 90s bands?
Justin: Blind Melon is a big one for me. I love them.
Tony: Pavement, Pixies, Toadies . . .
Alex: Tony and I also like to have cheesy 90’s night where we look up bands like Jimmie’s Chicken Shack . . .
Tony: . . . and The Verve Pipe, listen to Glycerine a bunch, at least once a month.
SEN: LA rock radio has ruined “Glycerine,” for me.
Tony: We’ve played with Bush like four times and they’ve never played that song. It’s such a good song.
Alex: It probably ruined it for them, too.
SEN: It’s summer! What’s your favorite summer movie?
Alex: All those huge summer blockbusters that come out every year, even if they’re gonna be terrible, you gotta go see them.”
Josh: Batman’s coming out. That’s gonna be my summer movie.
Justin: Wet Hot American Summer. And any Friday the 13th movie takes place at a summer camp.
Alex: And Sleepaway Camp!