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The story of Polite Sleeper starts in San Francisco in 2002 when Jason and Tim formed The Yellow Press, a Ye! Ye! hardcore/punk quartet with bassist Steven Chamberlain. With releases on X-Mist and Day After, they toured for over two years, opening for the likes of Against Me!, Xiu Xiu, The Thermals and Erase Errata before amicably disbanding in 2005.

With Steven moving to Germany, Jason and Tim left California for Brooklyn and together that winter for the first time they self-recorded a handful of sparse, acoustic songs, chronicling ex-friends, lovers, addiction, and most notably not having a band anymore. During that period the duo met Michael through a mutual friend, who added piano to a few unfinished ideas and the homemade session was quietly released as a five-song EP on Sabotage in June 2007.

Yet despite few expectations the new trio found a surprising balance (and noted buzz) between their punk pasts and the intimacy of the new aesthetic that now included a homemade trap kit and stage piano. Multiple US and European tours followed, supporting the likes of Parenthetical Girls, Wavves, White Rabbits, Karl Blau and Old Time Relijun to name a few.

What started as simple therapy in various living rooms around Brooklyn finally came full circle when Polite Sleeper signed with Expect Candy to release its first proper studio album – and follow up to the critically acclaimed Seens CD/LP – in late 2009.


• S/t CD/EP (2007, Sabotage)
• Seens CD/LP (2008, Sabotage)
• Lake Effect CD/Digital (2009, Expect Candy)

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