Interview with The Sleepy Haunts

The Sleepy Haunts

The band’s Album ‘Queendom’ is out now 

The Sleepy Haunts are an all-female rock band who took some great inspiration from the 90s for their debut album “Queendom”. It was great to chat with all three about their musical influences and future plans for the project.

HELLO GIRLS, CONGRATULATION ON YOUR FIRST ALBUM ‘QUEENDOM’, TELL US MORE ABOUT THE LP AND YOUR STORY SO FAR. 

[Gillian] Thanks so much! Our story isn’t that complex, we met at School of Rock which is an afterschool music program and became fast friends from there. Elizabeth and I were friends long before we were in a band together. We actually found Ava online and reached out to her about if she wanted to play with us or not. 

[Ava] Gillian reached out to me on Bandmix and we bonded immediately. I connected with the band so it was an easy decision to join. 

[Elizabeth] A lot of people were eager to start new projects because of the pandemic, so we formed from there. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK INFLUENCED THIS ALBUM THE MOST, INCLUDING YOUR OWN INSPIRATION AND PERSONAL LIFE?

[Gillian] I definitely did a lot of the writing for the album, although I hope that changes in the future as I enjoy collaborating with others. A lot of the inspiration stemmed from feelings and events in my life. Feelings of insecurity, frustration, romance, etc. I like to write about relationships I have with my surroundings. “Sour lemonade” is entirely about how my senior year was derailed because of the pandemic. 

[Elizabeth] I know for Maeve Wiley, I related to the song as being about the effortlessly cool outcast you relate to and aspire to be. 

WHAT WAS THE SONG YOU HAD MOST FUN WRITING AND THE ONE YOU THINK WILL RESONATE MORE DURING A LIVE SHOW?

[Gillian] I had the most fun writing “Cast a Spell.” There’s something driving about it that made it flow easily, and I felt the most at ease writing it. 

[Elizabeth] “good morning, san diego.” It’s probably one of my favorites off the album and a lot of fun to play. 

IT SEEMS LIKE YOU TOOK A LOT OF INSPIRATION FROM THE MUSIC FROM THE 90S. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTIST FROM THAT PERIOD PARTICULARLY?

[Ava] I’m a huge fan of Pearl Jam and Jimi Hendrix. They inspire my music and definitely play a role in my song writing.

[Gillian] My favorite artist of all time is Alanis Morisette. Jagged Little Pill was the first album to really resonate with me so she inspires a lot of what I do. I also enjoy Pearl Jam, The Cranberries, and No Doubt. 

LATELY THERE’S A FRESH RISE OF MUSIC PROJECTS LEAD BY ONLY GIRLS, WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE ALL-GIRL MUSIC BANDS?

[Gillian] I love the Go-Go’s. They’re the original blueprint for all-girl bands. I also really love the Regrettes although their drummer is a guy. 

[Elizabeth] Paramore is one of my favorites that’s female led, although they aren’t all-girl. I also love beabadoobee.

HOW DO YOU FIND THE MUSIC SCENE IN OREGON AND HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR BAND FITS IN THIS? 

[Gillian] The music scene in the Pacific Northwest in general is eclectic. I really enjoy the different scenes you can find. On top of the grunge movement in the 90’s, there’s also a large indie and hip hop movement through Portland and Seattle. I think the music scene allows for a lot of different artists to shine and I think that our band fits into that by filling the space for rock while also creating more opportunities for female musicians. 

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR? 

[Gillian] Booking some shows for the summer. I miss playing live and we’re hoping to play some gigs in Seattle and Portland very soon. 

[Elizabeth]  We want to make more music and play some shows, which is what I think every musician hopes for. We’re also excited to have Ava join us officially. 

[Ava] My goals for us are to definitely play a lot of shows this summer/do a mini tour and write some new songs.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD?

[Ava] Thank you for interviewing us! I’m excited to play with and get to know Gillian and Elizabeth. It’s gonna be fun to see what our future

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By Romeo Ciarla