Sleeper Agent Shun Gender Roles, Explain the Meaning of 'Get It Daddy'
"Thump, thump, THUMP, THUMP!"
The gut-shaking rumble of the kick drum evolves slowly into a thunderous boom. The sound guy fiddles with nobs and dials on the mixing board and the kick drum's thump crescendos accordingly. Snare, toms and cymbals morph similarly before the band moves on to sound check the other instruments and finally the vocals. Without the 300-plus bodies in the room to absorb this sound, it is absolutely cacophonous in the house. Sleeper Agent's main songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Tony "Tutone" Smith, 24, steps to the microphone and begins to sing.
People often say that Smith sounds like Jack White and sometimes he does. And, certainly, there could be a worse comparison, but who would want to stand in that shadow? If one character trait runs through Sleeper Agent's lineup it is that they uniformly buck any classificatory girdle
Tony gets his nickname "Because he's got two guitar tones. He's got clean and distorted" the band will later explain to Spinner. The rest of Sleeper Agent is comprised of singer Alex Kandel, bassist Lee Williams, keyboardist Scott Gardner, drummer Justin Wilson and lead guitarist Josh Martin. After several well-received sets at SXSW, the sextet has become rising indie darlings.
They are still very much in their formative period as a band. Though their sound is a fully formed garage-rock assault, there are still many components of the Sleeper Agent camp that have yet to crystallize. They have no road crew; other than their manager they really have no crew at all. Lee serves double duty as their tour manager.
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Sleeper Agent are defiantly their own. As the music industry is wont