Fixing A Hole (2012)
Coming across this Sleep Like A Log CD in Japan was another one of those great finds that I didn't even realize I was looking for. I had a split 7" of theirs with another of my favorite bands, Rumspringer, but I was unaware that they had released a full album in Japan. Shadows/Lights builds on the promise of that first 7" and really delivers a killer album.
Sleep Like A Log is in some ways the quintessential Japanese melodic punk rock band. They sound like they would just fit right in on a Snuffy Smiles 7". They remind me a lot of Snatcher, an older Snuffy Smile band that put out a really amazing record fifteen some odd years ago. I also hear similarities with bands like Minority Blues Band and even Lovemen to a lesser extent.
Musically they can crank out a fast and loud song with the sort of big chunky riffs that I go crazy for and then segue into a much slower, more melodic song that somehow doesn't lose any energy. The vocals are raspy, just how I like them and top to bottom it's just a great record. I picked up a lot of records while in Japan, but this has been one of my favorites so far. I'm not able to find any of their songs online, but rest assured, this is good stuff.