Five Questions With Sleepless Nights

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Sleepless Nights was known as one of the hardest working bands on Canada’s East Coast for nearly a decade, before packing it in and going on to new projects. Now, they are back after and we’re stoked! They released their new single, “Kids On Drugs” in August, along with an official video for the release. Check out the video below, and find out more about the band via our Five Questions With segment with frontman, A.A. Wallace.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I do!

Most people know me as A.A. Wallace. I produce and perform music as A.A. Wallace as well as with the rock’n’roll group, Sleepless Nights. I’m from the small Acadian fishing village of Wedgeport N.S. but currently reside in Toronto, Ontario Canada.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

It’s/I’m a bit all over the place and constantly in flux. I’m equally as influenced by the Sadies as I am by T-Rex as I am by Prince Paul. Which is to say that samples and live instruments feature equally as prominently in my music. I’ve realized that most of my peers either lean towards Springsteen or Seger and I am definitely a Seger.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Yes! Sleepless Nights will be performing on Oct 13th at Handlebar in Kensington with Bankruptcy and Tea Room. More shows will be announced in the coming months. We’ll play wherever you want. E-mail us. We’re easy.

Hmmm. Post Indie-rock rock’n’roll. The n’roll is an important qualifier. Rock seems boring. Rock’n’roll is in danger of falling apart at any moment while also being a good time. That excites me.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Kids on Drugs.” It’s the best representation of where I’m at right now. It’s subtly political. It’s chromatic rock’n’roll. There’s an arpeggiator and out of control noise threatening to derail everything, but you can sing along to it and derive no deeper meaning than, “Hey! This is a good time.” It’s who I want to be as a person in musical form.

Who are your current favourite Canadian bands, Artists?

Shrimp RingOuttacontrollerGianna LaurenBeautsJoyfultalk and Michael Feuerstack.

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