Release Date: Mar 25, 2014
Record label: RCA
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Rock Revival, Punk-Pop
"I wanna shake some action," these Kentucky alt-rockers holler on their second proper record. The line quotes Sixties garage hippies the Flamin' Groovies, but the track bumps like dance pop, and 21-year-old singer Alex Kandel has some Nashville and a touch of Memphis in her voice. Sleeper Agent make it feel natural with hormone-popping exuberance ("Take It Off"), sharp songcraft and digital-era polish.
When Kentucky-based rockers Sleeper Agent emerged in 2011 with their debut, Celabrasion, they sported a scrappy sound full of pop-punk hookiness clothed in lo-fi garage production. It was a sound that worked for the six-piece band, lending some character to its songs, which seemed to pack a lot of ideas into short three-minute bursts. Three years and many tours later, the band returns with its major-label follow-up, 2014's About Last Night.
Those who watch TV without the benefit of a DVR have likely already heard Sleeper Agent: This sugar-sweet power-pop sextet have previously lent their talents to Taco Bell, Verizon and Nike for ubiquitous placement. The band’s debut, Celebrasion, got attention for its unique lo-fi, danceable sound paired with frontwoman Alex Kandel’s raw voice. Comparatively, About Last Night is significantly polished; the sound is brighter, and Kandel’s vocals have become smoother and more refined.