Sydney instrumental post-rock/prog quartet sleepmakeswaves have had an amazing run since the release of their debut album "...and so we destroyed everything."  Over the past six years of touring, their busy schedule has included 12 Australian tours, 4 European tours, touring North America, Asia and New Zealand twice, tours with scene giants Karnivool, Underoath, Cog, Devin Townsend, 65daysofstatic and Opeth - and an unprecedented two nominations for an ARIA Award (Australia's equivalent of the Grammy's). 

In 2014, sleepmakeswaves released their much-anticipated second album 'Love of Cartography' which earned a #31 debut on the ARIA Chart, nominations for an ARIA Award, J Award, AIR Award and 3 AU Review Awards, as well as triple j, community radio and US college airplay; and launched them onto a massive 55-date international tour across 22 countries in 2015, including sold out shows around the world. In 2016 they continued with another 54-date tour across North America and Australia.

Now, the band have announced the release of their third album 'Made of Breath only' for early 2017. With an epic world tour planned, visiting more cities than ever before, the future looks bright for this young instrumental quartet.


sleepmakeswaves are an instrumental rock band from sydney, australia.

The band came together in late 2006 with a desire to write textured, dynamic and emotive songs combining delicate beauty with dramatic climaxes. After their 2007 demo generated unexpected buzz, they went on to independently produce 2 further EPs. Strong word of mouth and critical praise saw the band’s listener base grow worldwide, with over 50,000 people downloading their tracks online and airplay on Triple J, Radio K and the BBC.

In late 2011, the band released their debut studio album “…and so we destroyed everything” through independent Australian label Bird’s Robe Records.

The album is a dramatic showcase for the band: glittering melodic hooks are embossed by lush production and the band’s heaving musicianship. With an array of memorable and climactic sequences, it signals the band’s continued desire to push into new musical territory

It was named ‘Record of the Week’ by RTR (Perth), KOOP (Texas) and Nowlikephotographs and featured in year-end lists including Drum Media,, Sputnik Music & Metal Obsession.

The singles, a driving melodic anthem titled ‘(HELLO) CLOUD MOUNTAIN,’ the brooding ‘IN LIMBS AND JOINTS,’ and the stunning ‘NOW WE RISE AND WE ARE EVERYWHERE’ have received airplay on Australian radio including triple j, FBi, Edge, RTR, 4ZZZ, PBS and RRR; and internationally including the BBC (UK) and US college radio, spending 7 weeks on the CMJ Top 200.

sleepmakeswaves’ bold approach to creating innovative instrumental music and their electric live performances have earned them high profile tours with the likes of 65daysofstatic, Karnivool, Tortoise, Mono, Pelican, Russian Circles and Boris. They have featured at Peats Ridge Festival, Menagerie, Progfest and headlined sold-out club shows across Australia.

After an extensive Australian tour in February/March 2012, sleepmakeswaves toured the USA, including showcasing at SXSW Festival, then headed on to a 15-date European tour in April (including co-headlining Dunk Festival in Belgium alongside This Will Destroy You & Pelican). They then returned home to support prog rock icons Karnivool on their sold out Australian tour in July.

In September, the band completed an extensive Australian headline tour and were invited to perform with Tortoise (US) in October and 65daysofstatic (UK) in January. Following this came the unexpected news their debut album had been nominated for a 2012 ARIA Award, setting up a busy 2013 which included releasing a remix album featuring contributions from 65daysofstatic, Rosetta, Klue, Kyson and more.

The band's successful "...and so we played everything" Australian tour in June/July 2013 saw sleepmakeswaves sell out shows across the country, playing multiple nights in capital cities and premiering new material on their biggest headline tour to date. From September to November, they joined 65daysofstatic on a massive 38-date tour of the UK and Europe, capping off with a packed headline show at London's Birthdays Club.

2014 kicked off with the Polymorphism tour alongside Karnivool & Dead Letter Circus in January, playing theatres and outdoor auditoriums across Australia. In February, sleepmakeswaves completed a successful crowdfunding campaign, raising over $30,000 in pre-orders from fans, before entering Studios 301 in Byron Bay to record with producer Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Powderfinger, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine, Karnivool).

In May, the band premiered a new track 'Something Like Avalanches' which was added to rotation on triple j. The band then announced their biggest headline tour to date, with 10 dates around Australia in July and August.

In July, 'Love of Cartography' was released in Australia to positive reviews and debuted at #31 on the ARIA Charts, #6 on the AIR Charts and #2 on the 100% Independent Charts (behind Sia).

 'Love of Cartography' was released internationally in September, followed by the news that the album had been nominated for an AIR Award for 'Best Heavy Album' as well as a nomination for an ARIA Award for 'Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Album.'

Following a rapturous performance at Newtown Festival in their hometown, the second single 'Great Northern' was added to triple j rotation & the band teamed up with Dead Letter Circus for a 7-date Australian tour in December, followed by nominations for 3 AU Review Awards (with Tim Adderley winning 'Best Drummer').

In 2015, sleepmakeswaves announced an incredible 55-date international tour, taking in shows across 22 countries, including the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. With sold out shows so far in London, Warsaw, Barcelona and Budapest, the tour wrapped up in their hometown of Sydney, headlining the iconic Metro Theatre with support from US shoegaze legends This Will Destroy You. The show was recorded by triple j for broadcast on the prestigious 'Live at the Wireless' program in July.

December saw the band headlining the Bird's Robe Records 5th birthday event at Sydney's Manning Bar, before a rapturous performance at Port Macquarie's Festival of the Sun, alongside Alpine, Jebediah & Thundamentals.

In 2016, sleepmakeswaves announced plans for extensive touring, including a return to North America, as well as supporting the reunited alternative rock legends Cog on a sold out theatre tour of Australia. The band followed up with their own headline shows in Australia, before focusing writing and recording a new album - supported by raising $42,000 in pre-orders from fans.

In 2017, sleepmakeswaves released their third album 'Made of Breath only.' The ambitious progressive record features lead single 'Tundra' - a pumelling complex frenzy of melodic post-rock premiered on triple j radio in February. Recorded again with Nick DiDia in Byron Bay, the record charted at #15 on the ARIA Charts and kicked off an epic 66-date world tour in support of the album, including tours across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, UK & Europe. The band performed on the main stage at ArcTanGent Festival, Euroblast, Aloud Festival and Bergmal Festivals, as well as being invited to record a triple j Like A Version, taking on Robert Miles' classic 'Children' (which has racked up 1 million views to date). To cap off the year, the album was nominated for both an ARIA Award and AIR Award for Best Heavy album.

2018 will see the band celebrating their 10th anniversary with a number of special announcements.

About 'Love of Cartography'

Love Of Cartography is the second album from Sydney ambient/melodic post-rockers sleepmakeswaves. 

Following their ARIA-nominated debut …and so we destroyed everything, the band have created their most epic, intricate and powerful record to date. Love Of Cartography showcases their dynamic and energetic approach to modern post-rock, whilst retaining their signature melodic hooks.

With a series of memorable and thundering sequences, the album presents the band’s continued desire to map new creative directions within an instrumental rock framework.

The band’s heavy touring schedule of the past three years (sharing stages with 65daysofstatic, Karnivool & Russian Circles) has honed their powerful live energy, which has been captured impressively on the album.

Recorded in Byron Bay at Studio 301 with producer Nick DiDia (Karnivool, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Powderfinger, Rage Against The Machine), the album’s 10 tracks range from the epic bombast of ‘Perfect Detonator’ to the delicate and subtle electronic flourishes of ‘A Little Spark.’

1. Perfect Detonator
2. Traced In Constellations
3. Singularity
4. Emergent
5. Great Northern
6. The Stars Are Stigmata
7. A Little Spark
8. How We Built The Ocean
9. Something Like Avalanches
10. Your Time Will Come Again

About …and so we destroyed everything

sleepmakeswaves' debut album “…and so we destroyed everything” made such an impact in their homeland that it was unprecedentedly nominated for an ARIA award — Australia’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards. Such a coup for a style of music so often marginalized highlights something truly important about this band: its music is so immersive, powerful and evocative that it, above all else, speaks to people on an individual level, beyond categorization.

The strength of great instrumental music is its ability to communicate without the traditional trappings of someone singing about specific emotions. The music itself touches each listener differently. And, as in the case of sleepmakeswaves, there is a symphonic transcendence to the band’s sound that encompasses a wide variety of colours – ranging from ambient soundscapes, to soaring melodic hooks and moments of dark, brooding intensity. There are electronic layers interwoven with slow-burning builds, churning metallic riffs segueing into beautifully lush melodies, wistful strings blossoming out of neo-folk marches. “…and so we destroyed everything” encompasses so much more than is typical of the vast array of sounds to have become known as post-rock..

sleepmakeswaves first appeared on the global stage with their 2008 debut EP “in today already walks tomorrow.” Their current lineup of guitarist Jonathan Khor, guitarist Otto Wicks-Green, drummer Tim Adderley and bassist Alex Wilson have spent the better part of the past 2 years touring the world, including performances at SXSW, Dunk! Festival and touring alongside bands such as Karnivool, Boris, 65daysofstatic, Tortoise and more. They have earned a devoted following around the world, for their innovative and expansive music, coupled with an electrifying live show that has seen them sell out venues across their homeland. Recently, Kat Morris, the director of Europe’s leading festival for new music, ‘The Great Escape’, included sleepmakeswaves in her ‘top 5 Australian bands’ list.

Now, Monotreme Records will bring the band’s genre-shattering, listener-uniting sound to a wider audience with the worldwide (excluding Australia and New Zealand) release of “…and so we destroyed everything.” The album will be available as a deluxe 2-CD edition including the 9-track bonus disc, “…and then they remixed everything”, with album tracks remixed by 65daysofstatic, Kyson, and more, and also as a deluxe 180-gram double gatefold vinyl edition (350 copies sepia coloured vinyl, 350 copies white vinyl and 300 copies black vinyl – all include a free album CD, a poster and a digital download coupon for the remix album). The album and remix album will also be available to buy separately as downloads. Order from




Representative | Bird's Robe Records | World |
Management | Mike Solo | World |
Bookings | Dan Sant | Australia |
Publicity | Mike Solo | World |
Bookings | Jef Vreys | Asia |



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"sleepmakeswaves have a habit of impressing the hell out of anyone who happens to see them." | This Is Not A Scene

"Truly one of the finest live acts in the country" | FasterLouder

"I guess “stunning” is the word that should be used. Unbelievably nice, amazingly precise – an enormous rock show. As their latest album promised, they came and destroyed everything. Really everything. If this band doesn’t make it big, probably no band will ever make it big. Absolutely overwhelming!" | Nothing But Hope and Passion

"sleepmakeswaves honestly put on a performance deserving of every bit of praise and acclaim that has been afforded to them." | AU Review

"sleepmakeswaves took the stage to a hero’s welcome. The very simple reason an all-instrumental rock act can fill a big place like this is instantly apparent, they are just that damn good. Their songs are just majestic, and delivered with equal parts energy, precision and passion. It’s quite amazing how four guys can make such an incredible wall of orchestral sound with just guitars, bass and drums. What is also amazing is how they can command the attention of such a throng without the use of a frontperson. Just four guys onstage playing their instruments. But command it they do. Their set was a triumph." - SF Media

"sleepmakeswaves are on form from the get-go, with a quality of sound that immediately takes the evening into the next level. Everything about this instrumental quartet is classy." - TheMusic



The result is nothing short of spectacular. Once again, this will be an album on high rotation for a long time. Unlike other Post Rock bands I've listened to, sleepmakeswaves is intense listening but they don't just incorporate the wall of sound. Their music is very melodic, as uplifting and full of hope and happiness as it can be dark. I'm unsure if I have ever come across anything quite like them. 4.5/5. - KScope Ears

Most people assume that a band needs a lead singer – Sydney band sleepmakeswaves puts paid to that idea pretty quickly on Love of Cartography, where the songs convey feelings, emotions and even ideas perfectly well without the human voice. Instead, the songs  take listeners on a journey with dramatic build-ups, plateaus and descents achieved via melodic rock passages flecked with electronic textures. 4/5. - AltMedia

When it comes down to it, this is an album that must be experienced for oneself; a shout in the dark, pleading for you to hear its message and give it a listen, if not fifty. sleepmakeswaves cannot be stopped, and Love Of Cartography proves that post-rock is not dead, and will never die, so long as the quartet continues to write, record, and most importantly, play. 5/5. - Sputnik Music

Imaginative and inventive post-rock is really hard to come by these days, so when a band with a bright future delivers on their promise I want to get the word out. Three years in the making, Love Of Cartography expands on the talent shown in their first record and continues to build on its success. sleepmakeswaves has been put on this pedestal because they have mastered the art of diligently balancing the fine line of soft/loud dynamics and have created a unique and unforgettable sound. 8.6/10. - Metal Storm

The first thing you'll notice listening to Love Of Cartography is how the Aussie band has moved towards a electro-rock sound that is gonna blow your mind. As masters of meticulous instrumental rock, apocalyptic guitar landscapes, they spoiled us delivering great music, and Love Of Cartography is gloriously no different. Kid, Otto, Alex and Tim, again wonderfully demonstrate their ability to swap pursuing rhythmic sections with soothing ambient segments without losing a step. Love Of Cartography is full of emotional passages that captivate the listener more than the most beautiful mermaids. 9/10. - Echoes and Dust.

sleepmakeswaves have come out swinging with their sophomore effort. At the peak of their genre in this country, they have an album which is unmistakably sleepmakeswaves with no radical departure composition wise, but with a sound that brings a dimension that was previously reserved for their live performances. This is world class. 9/10. - This Is Not A Scene

These guys are simply one of the absolute elite all-instrumental rock acts on the planet today. They deliver vocal-free rock music that is interesting and complex, ambient and simple, and catchy as all hell, all at once. Love of Cartography is an instant classic, let it find the map to your heart. - Beat Magazine (Album of the Week)


“one of the best albums of the year and certainly the best instrumental album.”  | chris maric, drum media

“more than any instrumental band I have ever listened to, sleepmakeswaves make me feel” | daniel roe,

“a band of cinematic proportions” | fred bevan,

"sleepmakeswaves sounds like what would happen if jeff buckley never sang on his records; full of emotion" | jonno siedler –

"sleepmakeswaves have established themselves as a band playing post-rock at it’s most engaging, embracing a heart-warming blend of vibrant cinematic climaxes and defiant subtlety" | alex silvestri –

"52 minutes of instrumental bliss" | gilbert potts - echoes and dust

"Let’s hope sleepmakeswaves didn’t destroy everything, ‘cause like, they need their guitars and stuff to make another album like this. And another album like this would be f*cking wonderful." |