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No Rest for Inspired and the Sleep

Inspired and the Sleep

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With bassist Max Greenhaulgh at the center of Inspired and the Sleep, rhythm and musicianship take first priority. The Carlsbad trio takes the indie aesthetic to an unexpected level by mixing dance elements with rock riffs and jazz-inspired twists and turns.

The band, originally Greenhaulgh's project but now featuring Bryce Outcault on guitar and Hayden Stewart on drums, will celebrate the release of its debut EP, Kaleidoscope Years, at the Che Cafe on May 7.

In anticipation of the show, Greenhaulgh told us a little about his influences (below). While you read, check out this MP3 of "Chops," from Kaleidoscope Years.

Coachella: This year was epic, and it's my dream to play one day.

Rise Above by Dirty Projectors: An album of Black Flag reinterpretations that's pretty f---ing amazing.

Patrick Watson: A pianist from Canada; his band is amazing.

DIY: If you're in a band, do-it-yourself, do-it-yourself, do-it-yourself! I've been booking DIY tours since I was 17, and it's just a lifestyle that I have developed.

Ché Café: Punk commune venue on UCSD campus and one of the last cool all-ages places in San Diego. Definitely my favorite venue in town.

Rafter: Quirky indie dance pop. Rafter is really an amazing engineer and producer. Would really love to play with these guys one day, and recording with him would be awesome!

T. Loper is a writer and photographer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.

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