This image captures Sleep Well.’s triumphant attitude during their January show. Extreme focus and craftsmanship are shown by their acute attention to detail.

Sleep Well. Concert Review

By Mekenzie Primm
Music Journalist

I’m not super big into New Year’s resolutions because I’m not very good at adhering to them. They tend to make me lose all hope for the rest of the year within the first week of January.

This year however, I’ve made an attempt to change that. I’ve decided that maybe I’m not bad at achieving goals, but rather I’m bad at setting them. After long consideration, I’ve decided that my New Year’s resolution is to get out more.

I’ve found myself becoming a hermit as a result of sitting in my room in solitude. I feel like I’m missing out on crucial life events by studying all the time. In an attempt to fulfill my New Year’s resolution, I went to see Sleep Well.– a local band from San Antonio–at the Coffee Bar with a few of my friends.

 Since this is my first year living in San Marcos, the extent of my relationship with The Coffee Bar is late-night study dates during finals week. I certainly don’t know it on a concert-having basis.

It was a rainy Saturday, but I was determined to get out. I wasn’t going to let the weather get the best of me yet again. My friends and I made the three-block walk from our dorm to The Coffee Bar, eager to see some live music.

We were super excited to figure out how this was going to go down. We didn’t know anything but where to be and when to be there. We got there early (since we weren’t sure what to expect) and the mood was weird in all honesty.

I guess we got there at a weird time because there were some regular Coffee Bar patrons that blended in with the bands and groupies that were setting up.

My friends and I found some seats and waited eagerly in anticipation for more people to show up. After about 20 minutes, The Coffee Bar regulars left and more concert-goers showed up, so we didn’t feel like we stuck out like a sore thumb anymore.

Still not knowing what was going on, we waited anxiously until a singer named Elnuh came on stage and all my nerves were resolved. I won’t say much since this article isn’t about her, but she was an amazing singer that made me feel like I was being transported to heaven and her voice was the angel guiding me.

I know that’s an egregious metaphor but I really can’t come up with any other analogies other than that. She played for about 25 minutes and I soaked up every minute of her performance.

When she was done, it was time for the set change. Sleep Well. started to bring in all their amps and guitars and I immediately became excited. If there’s anything you should know about me, it’s that I live for rock music.

I think it’s the best genre of music and I adore every facet that has come from rock music. To say I was excited was a gross understatement.

They started playing and I immediately fell in love. With a mix between surf rock and shoegaze, Sleep Well. is a band that should definitely be on your radar.

Their production value and technicality of music dumbfounded me. I was expecting a mediocre college rock band, not a sophisticated band that has found their sound early on.

Album cover with collage photos combines with a dog at the forefront.
Pictures of Dogs is Sleep Well.’s debut album. Image via Sleep Well.

The bulk of their performance–which lasted about an hour–was songs off of their 2019 debut album, Pictures of Dogs. Some of my favorites include their title track “Pictures of Dogs” and “Half of My Heart”.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, they threw in a Vampire Weekend cover, “Mansard Roof.” They had great energy and played to the crowd of 30 like there were hundreds of people there. Although, it simultaneously felt like it was just me and the band there.

While their songs are chill bedroom rock, their performance couldn’t be farther from that. Lead singer Andres Garcia’s energetic vocals and catchy guitar riffs create the perfect formula for music that makes you want to dance all your inhibitions away.

 The instrumentalists themselves had a clear tone and played tightly. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Sleep Well. Even though, my friends and I weren’t 100% sure what to expect in the first place.

 It doesn’t take a genius to see that they’ve got it figured out and are going to form a dedicated following because of the quality of their music. My friends and I went from moshing with 28 of our new best friends, to rocking out to old college rock, to slow dancing with each other all in a set that was less than an hour.

There’s always raw energy that is found when you see someone play live. Sleep Well. has figured out how to harness that energy from the audience and turn it into one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. 

Featured image by Armando Ramos.

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