Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) To Release “Head On A Pike: The Illustrated Lyrics Of Matt Pike”

Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) will be releasing a new book titled “Head On A Pike: The Illustrated Lyrics Of Matt Pike” on November 9 via Rare Bird. The effort will feature visual representations of Pike‘s lyrics from artists such as Arik Roper, David V. D’Andrea, Santos, Brian Mercer, Skinner, Jondix, Stash, Tim Lehi, Jordan Barlow, and Derrick Snodgrass. Rare Bird’s Tyson Cornell commented:

“Matt Pike’s lyrics are just as important and powerful as his riffs, and his words deserve to be celebrated alongside the fantastic imagery that the artists have put together in this book. ‘Head On A Pike‘ is a natural for any Sleep, High On Fire or Matt Pike fan, but the work is also relevant to greater conversations around lyrical poetry, formal and free verse and tattoo inspirations for years to come.”

Sleep Celebrate 4/20 With New 12″ Singles

Sleep are celebrating 4/20 with some new 12″ singles. They include a standalone “The Clarity” 12″ and an “Iommic Life” edition featuring “The Clarity” and “Leagues Beneath.” Those can be purchased HERE. The band commented:

“New 12” Clarity vinyl remastered by Bob Weston, featuring a brand new etching by artist Dave Kloc. Special double vinyl 12” “Iommic Life” edition featuring the new Clarity mix and Leagues Beneath with exclusive artwork by Dave Kloc. Limited edition prints available in both US and EU. New merchandise for your 4(20) legged friends, and beyond. Proceed.”

Sleep Confirm That They Aren’t Breaking Up

When Sleep announced their end of the year shows, they seemed to suggest that they would be going on an indefinite hiatus following their concert at the Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL tonight (December 31). However, the group have since clarified that they aren’t breaking up:

[via The PRP]

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Sleep To Close Out 2019 With Chicago, IL Shows

Sleep will be closing out 2019 with three shows at Thalia Hall in Chicago, IL. It’s worth noting that the below image seems to suggest that the band will be going on hiatus after these concerts. Here’s the dates:

12/29 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall (with Circuit des Yeux)
12/30 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall (with Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society)
12/31 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall (with Big Business)

Sleep Announce European/UK Tour

Sleep have announced an October European/UK tour. Pharaoh Overlord and Lucy In Blue will serve as support on select dates

Tour Dates:

10/03 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 (with Pharaoh Overlord)
10/04 London, UK – O2 Forum (with Pharaoh Overlord)
10/05 Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz (with Pharaoh Overlord)
10/06 Bristol, UK – SWX (with Pharaoh Overlord)
10/08 Paris, FRA – Batalcan (with Pharaoh Overlord)
10/09 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg (with Pharaoh Overlord)
10/10 Aarhus, DEN – Train (with Pharaoh Overlord)
10/11 Oslo, NOR – Vulkan Arena (with Pharaoh Overlord)
10/12 Stockholm, SWE – Munchenbryggeriet (with Pharaoh Overlord)
10/14 Karlsruhe, GER – Substage (with Lucy In Blue)
10/15 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks (with Lucy In Blue)
10/16 Bologna, ITA – TPO (with Lucy In Blue)
10/18 Barcelona, SPA – Primavera Sound (with Lucy In Blue)
10/19 Nimes, FRA – Paloma (with Lucy In Blue)
10/20 Antwerp, BEL – Deserfest (with Lucy In Blue)

Sleep Announce September Canadian Tour

Sleep have announced a September Canadian tour. Pontiak will open.

Tour Dates:

09/01 Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom
09/02 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
09/03 Nelson, BC – Spiritbar
09/04 Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
09/06 Edmonton, AB – TBD
09/07 Saskatoon, SK – Coors Event Centre
09/08 Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
09/11 Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
09/12 Ottawa, On – Algonquin Commons Theatre
09/13 Montreal, QC – MTelus
09/14 Quebec City QC – Imperial Bell
09/16 Halifax, NS – Marquee Ballroom

Sleep Announce Spring Tour With Big Business

Sleep have announced a spring tour with Big Business. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

05/27 Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
05/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
05/29 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theatre
05/31 Omaha, NE – Slowdown
06/01 Minneapolis, MN – – First Avenue
06/02 Maquoketa, IA – Codfish Hollow Barn
06/03 Madison, WI – The Sylvee
06/05 Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
06/06 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
06/07 Albany, NY -Skyloft
06/08 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
06/09 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre
06/11 Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
06/12 Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine
06/13 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
06/14 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
06/15 Athens, GA – 40 Watt
06/17 Tampa, FL – The Ritz
06/18 Miami, FL – The Ground

Sleep’s Third Man Records Live Performance To Be Released As A Vinyl Set

Sleep’s December 12, 2018 performance at Third Man Records in Nashville, TN will be released on vinyl this March as part of the label‘s vault series. The set, which will also come with poster and more, will be available to those that sign up for The Vault before January 31. You can find the details for the effort along with a audio clip of “Marijuanaut’s Theme” below:

Track Listing:

Side One:

“Leagues Beneath”

Side Two:

“Dopesmoker” (Part One)

Side Three:

“Dopesmoker” (Part Two)
“Holy Mountain”

Side Four:

“The Clarity”

Side Five:

“Sonic Titan”

Side Six:

“Marijuanaut’s Theme”
“Giza Butler”

Side Seven:

“The Botanist”

Matt Pike Says Sleep Turned Down Coachella To Play Roadburn

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Matt Pike revealed that Sleep were actually offered a chance to perform at Coachella next year and that they ended up turning it down. The band made their decision because they wanted to be free to perform at the Roadburn Festival in The Netherlands, which is being held on April 11 – 14, the same time as Coachella’s first weekend (April 12 – 14).

Pike said the following:

“We love that festival [Roadburn] and we love Walter [Hoeijmakers] who puts the festival on. We sorted it so far in advance that, at present, that’s the only thing that we have planned for next year. We aren’t even booked anywhere so far, so there’s lots of scheduling that we need to do… but we actually turned down Coachella because of Roadburn!

“Coachella actually pays more, but fuck that, we want to do Roadburn! I see Coachella as a new kind of Lollapalooza, and it’s an odd thing for us to be involved in – although it would have been good press, I guess. There’s actually this clause for it that says you can’t play anywhere else for six months after it – so fuck that! I’ll make more money if I don’t play it and I’ll be happier at Roadburn!

“It’s special, and it’s always been special; the people that go there, the people who put it on, it’s very real. I go there and just wander around and make sure I try and see every band there that I want to see, and believe you me, there are always a lot of them!”