L.A. Synth-Rockers Sleeplust Premiere Gorgeous New Single 'Flood Gates': Exclusive

Matthew Rennie


“Los Angeles is a hotbed of inspiration and there are so many stories to be told here,” says Amber Ruthe, vocalist of Sleeplust, a quartet made up of North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin transplants who’ve been kicking around the City of Angels, blending guitar and synth into forward-thinking pop songs for the past several years. “You experience so much more than routine even if you don’t necessarily want to,” Ruthe says. “It’s like adding fuel to the fire.”

Today the quartet is premiering a lavish, silky-smooth synth-rock track called “Flood Gates,” the first sampling of a forthcoming summer 2017 EP, their third overall. “We finally are walking the line between rock, indie, electronic and ambient that we always have danced around," guitarist Michael Pepe says.

The band’s Facebook profile lists bands like Metric, Broods, CHVRCHES and the Cure as influences; it’s a apt cross-section of the moods and sonics they so poignantly execute on “Flood Gates.” “This song is definitely a perfect blend of all the genres we dabble in and it's so much more in-your-face than anything else we've written so far," the guitarist asserts.

Sleeplust’s current lineup --  Ruthe, drummer Sarah Luffred, and twin brothers Michael and Joseph Pepe (guitar and bass, respectively) -- has been together for approximately the past year and a half. The self-released "Flood Gates" previews a so-far-untitled EP the band plans to release at a later date this summer. 

Check out “Flood Gates” below, followed by a brief Q&A with the band. 

How was this track was written and how it came together in the studio?


“Flood Gates” came together how a lot of our material starts -- chords. We truly believe in songwriting and we enjoy the craft and architecture of it. We sit down with a piano or acoustic guitar and start playing in a key, and typically Amber will try various melodies, and we’ll hit on something we all vibe with and want to chase. This song in particular, Amber already had the chorus lyrics written when we presented the chords. She sang them in a few different melodies until we found one that resonated with us, and it just kind of clicked.


How do you feel your surroundings shaped the creation of this song? 

Environment definitely plays a huge role. This song in particular comes from a place of realizing all of your flaws and just being okay with spilling out onto the world just the way you are, but as a work in progress. It's about owning your upbringing and being comfortable in your own skin despite everything you've ever been ashamed of and not hiding behind a facade. 

We know for sure if we weren’t in L.A., living in the places we are, recording, writing and playing, “Flood Gates” wouldn’t exist, nor would most any of the songs we have on the EP. We honestly feel art is the core product of the environment it is created in. 

What does the band have planned for the rest of the year? An album? Touring?

“Flood Gates” will be appearing on the EP we’re currently finishing recording. We have plenty of dates booked in L.A. and surrounding areas that we’re really excited about playing. Visit any of our social media channels or official website to get all the dates and keep up with new music being released.


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