By Cole Young
“I woke up the next day fully clothed on top of the duvet and the screen door was on my feet all tangled between my legs, so we hid it under the mattress.” Luke Basso, guitarist and vocalist, reminisces about a wild night at Sled Island Music Festival in Calgary a few years back. It was the night when him and Henry Peters, the band’s other guitarist and vocalist, met their new friend and now bassist Scott Postulo. The three of them are joined by drummer Christofer Reimar to form Sleepy Dog.
Their interview with BeatRoute was full of whiskey and cigarettes while Daniel Romano sang his heart out in the background. These boys may love to have a good time but don’t get it twisted, they’re not in it for the party, they’re putting the time in and crafting heartfelt country psych-rock that is just as reminiscent of Johnny Cash as it is John Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees.
Peters explains the origins of Sleepy Dog, “I went to try and work on the oil rigs but then nothing was happening. I was working like one day a week so I just sat at home and wrote a couple songs and brought them to these guys when I got back.” Postulo adds that as soon as he heard the songs Peters had been working on he knew he had to be a part of it. “It’s just totally the kind of thing I’m into.”
These guys have a real bond over the music, with members from other notable Vancouver-based bands such as Dried Out, Skinny Kids, The Prettys and more. When they’re not already on the same page, they’re intrigued to learn more about each other’s perspectives and reasons.
Basso at one point taking over as interviewer asked Peters to explain the story and idea behind their track “Getting High With Jesus.”
“I’m from a really religious town so everyone I know from home interprets that as me getting high with fucking Jesus,” Peters says. “But I don’t mean it like that at all; I mean me getting fucked up with a guy named Jesus from Mexico. I like to play on the line with it.” Postulo points out that he first interpreted the song as someone getting high by themselves in a hotel room and thinking that they meet Jesus due to the drugs.
At the end of the day, they’re all just excited to be discussing and creating art together.
Sleepy Dog perform at the Fox Cabaret (Vancouver) on February 26