MBIENT While London-based, The Sleepless started life on Merseyside. Namely, Martin Carroll (guitar) and Ronan O’Hanlon (drums). First of all, they tuned into the sounds from Probe Records in Liverpool. As a result, obscure girl groups, ambient, 4AD, Factory and freakbeat influenced them. Hence, with no bass guitarist, they were free to develop the foundations of the definitive Sleepless sound. Eventually, this emerged as a rich, gritty soundscape. Most noteworthy were the AMBIENT, spacious guitars, primitive sampling, and deft drums. Initially recorded on a Tascam 688 cassette portastudio. Subsequently, this found a home as the sound of Stellar. Specifically, quintet formed by Martin and Ronan in mid-90s Liverpool. Lauded by local fanzines. By way of example, Ultramotive and Groove. Specifically, ‘spacious, wirey guitar pop’ but also ‘heavy on mood’. By the same token, Stellar offered ‘a pervading aura of melancholy to cuddle up to’. More importantly, they established themselves on the Liverpool live circuit. Most notably, they stood in contrast to Britpop. What is more, Music Week agreed with this. They moved in to Elevator Studios. For the purpose of recording a demo. Subsequently, this found its way to 4AD. Accordingly, they signed Stellar to their Detox Artifacts imprint. Eventually, a release followed in October 1996. That being the case, Stellar ventured further afield to play live. In particular, they played Night&Day and the Hacienda. Additionally, they played London’s Disgracelands. For the purpose of launching the Detox Artefacts label. Most notably attended by Liz Fraser and Andrew Weatherall. AMBIENT Nevertheless, a move to London signalled a change of direction. Stellar disbanded. Despite this, Division 68 released a compilation CD in 2009. More importantly, alternate guitar tunings spiced with arcane digital effects inspired new melodies and textures. As well as this, tape-saturated acoustic and electronic drums. An admittedly brief spell followed with This Sudden Life, an experimental art rock quartet. Finally, they settled in at Alaska Studios. In order to write and rehearse as a duo once more. Under those circumstances, a lush yet lo-fi mix of spacious guitars emerged. Moreover, luminous 80s digital effects and keyboard colour. To say nothing of intermittent radio voices, and devilish grooves. Let The Sleepless ignite the spark to keep you going.