Formed in Dublin in the Summer of 2008 Sleep Thieves quickly began writing, recording and crafting songs. After a promising start to their existence they are looking to bridge the gap between quirky-indie and dancey-electro, according to Analogue Magazine Sleep Thieves “create music that in one moment trips lightly along in a swirling hush of gentle vocals, dainty keys and stomping electronic beats, while the next moment swells with driving electronic drums and growling, dirty synths.”
Since their live debut in November 2008, Sleep Thieves have played some notable shows including supports with the legendary Saint Etienne & tipped French band Koko Von Napoo, and with international artist Midori Hirano. In Dublin they have performed at the 2009 IMRO Showcase, Club AC30 in Whelans, with Dark Room Notes at their album launch, and at the Fight Like Apes curated Ruby Sessions shows in Doyle’s, Dublin.
Many of Ireland’s most prominent publications have commented on the band’s potential, with their track ‘Osumi’ being selected in the Hot Press list of ‘Best Irish songs of 2008’ poll, and after seeing them live in March, state.ie reckon that “in songs like Winter there’s potential practically oozing from the three of them”. Prominent Irish Times journalist Jim Carroll also included Sleep Thieves in his ‘3 new acts to watch’ report on his column in The Ticket in April 2009. Most recently the track Osumi was selected for the Music Alliance Pact playlist for June 2009, where 25 prominent bloggers from around the world select a rising act from their own country to showcase on the global stage.
Sleep Thieves are building on this early work with the release of their debut EP ‘It Was Only A Satellite’, a four song offering that highlights both the gentler and the dancier end of their sonic spectrum. National radio play via Phantom FM and 2FM in Ireland has followed an impressive review in Hot Press magazine, who deemed it "an excellent four-track EP from hotly tipped Irish electro three-piece Sleep Thieves". The band have also played shows both in Dublin and nationwide (Cork, Galway) to mark the release and further hone their already intense live performance, with more to follow this year of course!