Sam Cooper never wanted to play anybody else's music. He taught himself how to play guitar only as a means to write his own songs. Before he was out of high school, Sam was self-recording and releasing his own material, and has continued to do so under various names for almost a decade.
Along the way, he learned not only music engineering and recording, but also how to play a small orchestra's worth of instruments to suit the sonic needs of his work -- skills that have found him wearing producer and session player hats for several other artists and groups around his native Washington DC.
But sonics and scales are, for Sam, merely means to an end: music as a direct conduit to the subtle shades and hues of emotion. Ceaselessly fascinated by those feelings and experiences that cannot be described with words alone, he strives to craft something lush, powerful, abstract, and cathartic that reflects and ultimately recalls life's more complex moments. He doesn't want his music to make you move, necessarily; he wants it to move you.
The Sleepwalkers started as a recording project of friends, and has grown into a full-fledged band, comprised of musicians who are group leaders in their own right: multi-instrumentalist Michael Stettes (The Nobody People, Abby Normal), multi-instrumentalist Corey Thuro (Seneca), drummer Andrew Baughman (Baughman Dynasty), keyboardist Chris Mathews (Distant Creatures, Grave Nature), and drummer/percussionist Chris Sies (Latitude 49).
Together, Sam Cooper & The Sleepwakers make lush, melancholic psychedelic rock for fans of double LPs and downloads alike.
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