Posted by: will | February 22, 2007

Small Leaks Sink Ships…


Small Leaks Sink ShipsUntil The World Is Happy; Wake Up You Sleepyhead Sun” (No Sleep)


Small Leaks Sink Ships are an eclectic indie rock band from Mesa, AZ. This is a release that has caught me completely off guard. The band is coming from so many different angles here that it is easy to find oneself lost in their sound. The first thing that strikes me are the noodley guitars that echo back to emo’s past. Bands having to do with Tim Kinsella (Cap n’ Jazz, Owls, Joan Of Arc, Make Believe) certainly come to mind. But it is the sound of the past mashed together with more modern bands like The Mars Volta and Minus The Bear that makes Small Leaks Sink Ships debut record such an exciting listen.

“The Flood” starts off this diverse album on a gloriously high note. This song is an early contender for song of the year. Instrumentally, the song is absolutely beautiful. The vocals, which at times can be distracting on Until The World Is Happy; Wake Up You Sleepyhead Sun, actually accent the song to a great degree here. It does not take long for the vocals to distract though. On the album’s second track, “Gutter Of Disneyland”, we see the opposite spectrum…I call it The Mars Volta symptom of overly dramatic vocals. The band rebounds quickly though. The hard-charging chorus of “The Best Time Of The Worse Year” is worth the price of admission alone. “Dear Dictator” hooks you right from the very beginning with catchy gang vocals. The band then comes in and rocks out in hectic fashion before the gang vocals and piano work their way back in. On the instrumental “Boom, Tip, Crash”, you can see the band’s instrumental prowess without having to get past any kind of vocal hangups. The band goes in the opposite direction on “Shake” which only has an acoustic guitar and bongos accompanying the vocals. These two songs go along way into showing how versatile Small Leaks Sink Ships can be. “Sackcloth In Ashes” approaches “The Flood” in the memorable department. This band has the capability of writing some truly great songs and they do it more times than not on Until The World Is Happy; Wake Up You Sleepyhead Sun.

There is a definite prog influence on Small Leaks Sink Ships that is similar to The Mars Volta as well. The band’s vocal tendencies and musical extravagances will certainly turn some people off and I can certainly understand why. If you can get past those things and truly dive headfirst into this album I promise you will see how impressive it really is. To imagine that Until The World Is Happy; Wake Up You Sleepyhead Sun is Small Leaks Sink Ships debut record is incredible. Small Leaks Sink Ships has made me a believer.

RIYL: The Mars Volta, Minus The Bear, Joan Of Arc


Small Leaks Sink Ships – The Flood (mp3)

Small Leaks Sink Ships – Sackcloth In Ashes (mp3)


  1. Fuck ya it is!!!!!!!

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