Vic ‘Sonic’ Fitch – Screeching Lead Guitar, Vocals
Neville Swaysland – Bass Guitar
Mike Harwood – Drums (1986 - 1988)
Rick Cook – Drums (1988 - 1990)
The Sound Asleep were formed in 1985 by Victor Fitch and Anthony Mayand hailed from the south coast town of Brighton, England.
They began life as Psych/Garage outfit ‘The Lazy Daze’ before evolving their sound and name to become Jangley-Pop-Guitar-Contortionists ‘The Sound Asleep’. In 1986 they released their debut single ‘I’m Cold Outside’ on Vinyl Solution Records produced by ex-Only Ones’ guitar legend John Perry to much underground critical acclaim; receiving ‘Single of the Week’ in the now defunct Sounds music magazine. They gigged around the U.K playing with the likes of The Spacemen 3, The Prisoners, Died Pretty, The Lime Spiders, The Primitives and many other luminaries from the then ‘Paisley Underground’.
Over the next couple of years they released two more singles with a much harder Post New Wave-Television-Wire-Soft Boys-Gang of Four experimental guitar sound. In 1988 they released the single ‘Loves Great Out Doors’ on Nick Jones’ Karbon records and in 1990 ‘Exhileration Dive’ on the Vinyl Solution off-shoot Resivu records. Both were produced by the then King Blank axeman, later to become Bush guitarist Nigel Pulseford. In 1989 they also recorded the track ‘Explosive Mouth’ for the Marc Bolan tribute album ‘An Exalted Companion…’ released on Barracuda Blue records.
In 1990 the band decided to go their separate ways.
During their turbulent short lived existence. The Sound Asleep received much critical acclaim in the UK music press along with a reputation for potent live performances. Never quite fitting into the C86/Goth fashion of the current music scene. They took their influences from 60s garage/psych pop and fused it with the contorted/manic guitars of the post new wave striving to sound original and timeless like the bands they had set out to emulate.
Anthony Mayis now the mainman behind Casino Twangsters Hustlerwho have released a number of albums on resivu records available here. He also teaches and writes music for broadcast media.
Victor Fitchwent on to form Psychedelic legends Vibrasonic and is now working under the monikor of Prof. Vic Vibrato with the Amphibean Zoo and St. Anthonys Fire. He has also played in The Sussex Squares and guested with Hustler.
THE SOUND ASLEEP‘'The Nightmare World of...' CD album.
Best of anthology of all their recordings digitally remastered and available for the first time on CD and download on Resivu Records.
CD album is AVAILABLE NOW on Resivu Records (Cat. No. VU001) from the resivurecords.co.uk website shopand all good independent record shops.
Album is AVAILABLE NOW to download from i-tunes and all other well known on-lines music download stores.
'THE SOUND ASLEEP 'The Nightmare World Of...'CD Album
01.I'm Cold Outside 02.Kings of the Clover Green 03.Wild Leaves of Winterland 04.Loves Great Out Doors 05.Wild Weekend 06.The Darker Side of Pleasure 07.Explosive Mouth 08.Exhileration Dive 09.Beneath Her (sable mantle) 10.The Silence
CD Album available from the Resivu Records websitehere