The pop-adjacent duo Sleeping Lion was formed by roommates Nate Flaks and Noah Longworth McGuire in Boston during the Spring of 2015. The first Sleeping Lion songs were written and produced remotely the following summer (via Skype) while Nate was living in Dobbs Ferry, NY and Noah was living in Rome, Italy. Their first single, “You Made Me,” was released in September 2015 and quickly generated hype around Boston. Their subsequent singles “Rug” and “Generous” were featured on various music blogs and Spotify playlists. In July 2016, they released their debut EP, Patient Creature, which featured their unique combination of mellow electronic vibes with elements of folk and jazz.
Following Patient Creature, Sleeping Lion produced official remixes for Opia ("YDU (Sleeping Lion Remix)"), Zealyn (“Talk:Listen (Sleeping Lion Remix)”), Axel Mansoor (“Wasted My Love - Sleeping Lion Remix”), LAOISE (“YOU - Sleeping Lion Remix”), VALNTN (“Can't Let Go (Sleeping Lion Remix)”), and Sawyer (“Easy Now (Sleeping Lion Remix)”). In April, they released their first single of 2017 - “Stop It" - which was featured on Majestic Casual's platforms and Spotify’s “Chill Vibes” playlist. Following the positive reception of “Stop It” they released “Stop It (Stripped)”, an orchestral re-imagining of the original, which drew from their folk roots and demonstrated versatility across genres. The duo recently drove across the US and relocated to Los Angeles, immediately performing at The Peppermint Club & The Satellite upon arrival. Establishing themselves as writers/producers they started working with a number of artists including Transviolet (“Long Shot”), Aire Atlantica (“Five Night Stand”), Ruuth (“All About”), Vesperteen (“Medicine”), and PHANGS (“Good Now”).
2018 also saw new releases from Sleeping Lion. Their spring single, “Easy For You,” and their recent release, “How We Know” (with Cass Miller), both received positive attention and strong support from the press, radio, and playlist features. (“How We Know” was featured on MrSuicideSheep’s YouTube channel and playlists, BMI’s New Music Monday Spotify playlist, and was the focus of a SKIO remix contest).
Sleeping Lion has also supported touring artists such as Brasstracks, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Vesperteen, Transviolet, and opened for Phangs & THE WLDLFE in November.
On his newest EP, Nightmares and Filthy Souls, Simon finds himself balancing the widescreen sonic songwriting output of arena indie pop acts Jack Antonoff and Vampire Weekend with the intimate falsetto and delicate electronic soul production of James Blake and Jack Garratt. It’s this intoxicating combination of influences that gives Simon a broad musical palette and finds him equally comfortable bouncing around to the spiky electro-pop of “Take My Heart” as he is strumming the low-lit acoustic EP closer “Behind Their Eyes.” Having received rave reviews in publications such as Music Connection Magazine’s Hot 100 Unsigned Artists, EDM Sauce, and Celeb Mix, as well as airplay from LA’s 103.9FM and Dash Radio, Simon XO’s fearless and passionate artistry is all but guaranteed to win over old and new fans and friends alike.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).
The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!