If ever you needed reminding just how good and life-affirming live music can be – this one’s for you. Australian instrumental post-rockers sleepmakeswaves have announced the release of “Live At The Metro” for a release on November 12th– a momentous recording of their epic show at Sydney’s Metro Theatre in June 2015.

Originally recorded for triple j radio’s Live At The Wireless broadcast, the album features highlights from the band’s final show of their 55-date world tour in support of ARIA-nominated and J-Award nominated the second album “Love of Cartography”.

The setlist featured album singles including ‘Great Northern’ and ‘Something Like Avalanches’ as well as a classic show-closing performance of a gaze blank and pitiless as the sun from their debut album …and so we destroyed everything.

Headlining the Metro Theatre in their hometown was a high watermark for the band, whose classic “Love of Cartography”-era lineup features on this recording (Alex Wilson, Otto Wicks-Green, Tim Adderley & Jonathan ‘Kid’ Khor).

The emotions and excitement of the occasion are reflected clearly on the album – as the band takes turns delivering heartfelt thanks and reflections on their journey, they are met with the cheers and tongue-in-cheek jeers of a rapturously supportive (and quintessentially Aussie) crowd.

Guitarist Otto Wicks-Green reflects on the show: “This show at the Metro in 2015, in some ways, was the culmination of a series of journeys.

The first, and most clear, was that it was the end of 3 months of solid, solid, worldwide touring. The kind of touring where you don’t have much clue what time it is, what day it is, just whether or not your strings need changing. The kind where you’re more tired than you’ve ever been because you’ve fallen in between the cracks of three different time zones. The kind that you’d have once have given anything to do, and you are all at once exposed to the clear, and sometimes harsh and unromantic reality of your dreams.”

“Live At The Metro” will be released on Friday 12 November on CD & 2LP through Bird’s Robe Records.

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