[Locals Only] Sleepless Me

Review of 2

Run-of-the-mill rock bands—they're everywhere, including my CD stacks. It's a wonder there's any room in that mill to run. Run-of-the-mill rock bands (ROTMRB) invariably consist of "nice guys" whose ambition surpasses their talent and creativity. Run-of-the-mill itself is a cliché I would ordinarily avoid. But I think it's apt to employ it in this week's column because mediocre bands somehow inspire mediocre writing.

I don't mean to single out Sleepless Me or be excessively harsh on them here, but they're definitely a ROTMRB. They won Best Alternative Band at the 2007 Orange County Music Awards (congrats, fellas!), but I don't hear anything "alternative" or exceptional about their music, judging from the three-track 2 EP under review here.

Vocalist Cory Joseph emotes tremulously like a lot of other white guys, but instead of soul, we get a whine that swan-dives somewhere between Bono and Thom Yorke, two of the most emulated singers in the world. Sleepless Me strive for a dashing sort of drama with their arrangements, but their moves are too familiar and pedestrian to generate excitement in anyone who has listened to rock for more than a couple of years.

Sleepless Me plot their revenge against Segal
Sleepless Me plot their revenge against Segal

Neither heavy nor fey, neither exceptionally melodic nor texturally interesting, neither extraordinarily smart nor terribly stoopid, this trio's music is run-of-the-mill rock—of which we're inundated, to the point where it's as innocuous as Muzak™. Ultimately, sadly, it's as mediocre as this review.

For more information, visit www.sleeplessme.com and www.myspace.com/sleeplessme.

Sleepless Me's CD-release party is at the Gypsy Lounge, 23600 Rockfield Blvd., Ste. 3A, Lake Forest, (949) 206-9990; www.thegypsylounge.com. Fri., 10 p.m. $10. 21+.

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