Sleeping Pilot – Panic Sex

Sleeping Pilot – Panic Sex / 2007 Sonic Deadline / 8 Tracks / / /

Sleeping Pilot start off their “Panic Sex” with “()”, a very dark and brooding track that gains energy slowly, rending individuals with confident and aggressive guitars and at-attention drums, just waiting for the right moment to strike. Despite this deep and dark sound first shown by Sleeping Pilot, the use of brooding arrangements is aesthetically similar to Nada Surf’s “Popular”. After the band kicks into “The Law of Falling Bodies”, the formula is much different. An energetic brand of hardcore is what awaits listeners, with hints of Converge and At The Drive-In prevalent. The wind-swept audioscapes of Sleeping Pilot during this track is the band’s own sound linking up with their influences, making for a very unique style encountered here.

The band comes to a more punk-laced style with “Crime Scenery”. The energy encountered here is again reflective of an At The Drive-In, but the swirling guitars and screamed-out vocals will make individuals think of a much less paint by numbers Thought Riot. “Nowhere Now Here” marks Sleeping Pilot’s first foray into a monumentally long track, and shows that the band can proceed given a larger canvas to work on. Stylistically, the approach taken by the band during “Nowhere Now Here” has a referent to the duel of tracks that started off the disc. Sleeping Pilot enter into the maelstrom of hardcore, rock, punk, and metal much sooner during this track, but one will be able to identify these three tracks as having a common referent. Sleeping Pilot is a band that came out of nowhere, and I know that I will be keeping my ear to the ground when it comes to them playing anywhere near me. They will be able to go and make a full album without encountering any limitations of style, so pick “Panic Sex” and their subsequent album up.

Top Track: Nowhere Now Here

Rating: 7.3/10

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