Very generally speaking, your average rock or pop music fan looks for two predominant features in the sounds they enjoy: a strong beat they can dance, or tap their feet or hands to, and catchy vocal lines that they can sing along to. Many also look for meaningful lyrics that they can relate to. This all makes instrumental music a very tough gig indeed. A band like Sydney four piece sleepmakeswaves could thus find themselves very much up against it, in a commercial sense. While their grooves are very strong, their music tends towards the progressive end of the musical spectrum, and so their beats aren’t exactly what you’d call overly ‘danceable.’ And of course, being an all-instrumental act, there is no catchy singing or lyrics for people to latch onto.
There is a touch of irony then, when guitar player Otto Wicks-Green tells us that, while the members of the band were in vocally oriented bands previously, they only started attaining some serious recognition when they formed the vocal-free sleepmakeswaves. This is also the reasoning behind why the band hasn’t been truly tempted to add a vocalist at any stage. Not to the point of actually going ahead with it anyway. This, along with the fact that they simply enjoy what they do.