Sleepyhead was formed in a basement room at NYU's Brittany Dorm in the fall of 1989 by drummer/vocalist Rachael McNally, bassist Mike Galinsky and guitarist/vocalist Chris O’Rourke. They released their first 7" single, the Kramer-produced "Play," in 1991 on Picture Book Artifact. Four full-length albums followed, on three different independent record labels. Punk Rock City USA was released by Slumberland Records in 1993, followed by Starduster (Homestead 1994), Communist Love Songs (Homestead 1996), and The Brighter Shore (Sealed Fate 1999). They toured the United States and Europe throughout the nineties, sharing the stage with such legendary bands as Polvo, Half Japanese, Yo La Tengo, The Grifters, The Dambuilders, Nation of Ulysses, Helium, Royal Trux, Antietam, Luna, Versus, The Magnetic Fields, and Dungbeetle.

Around the time their fourth album was released in 1999, Rachael and Chris got married, and Mike Galinsky had moved on to a successful career in filmmaking. Dan Cuddy (The Special Pillow, ex-Hypnolovewheel) joined Chris and Rachael on bass. With Dan on bass, Sleepyhead did some touring for The Brighter Shore and began writing new songs. Rachael and Chris moved from New York to Boston in 2002 after having their first child. (They had another kid in 2005.) By this time, they had begun recording a new album with producer Mike Deming (Pernice Brothers, Apples in Stereo, Beachwood Sparks, Lilys), at Deming’s famed Studio 45 in Hartford, and subsequently Enfield, CT. In 2004, bassist/vocalist/keyboardist Derek Van Beever joined the band and they’ve been playing shows in Boston, Providence, and New York ever since. In April 2013, this new lineup of Sleepyhead went into Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA to record the last three songs for their long-time-coming fifth album, Wild Sometimes, to be released on renowned Chicago indie Carrot Top Records on April 8, 2014.

Sleepyhead Discography


Sleepyhead Punk Rock City USA (Album) Slumberland Records Austria 1992 Sell This Version
RARE 017 Sleepyhead Hot Stuff(CD, MiniAlbum) Radiation Records (2) RARE 017 Spain 1993 Sell This Version
Sleepyhead Starduster (Album) Homestead Records US 1994 Sell This Version
Sleepyhead Communist Love Songs (Album) Homestead Records Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
SF 202 Sleepyhead Late Night Thinkin'(CD, Album) Sealed Fate SF 202 US 1997 Sell This Version
Sleepyhead The Brighter Shore (Album) Sealed Fate US 1999 Sell This Version
Sleepyhead Wild Sometimes (Album) Carrot Top Records US 2014 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

007 Sleepyhead Play / Too Much Fun(7", Single) Picture Book 007 US 1990 Sell This Version
PB 008 Sleepyhead Fairyboat(7", Single) Picture Book PB 008 US 1991 Sell This Version
BITTERSWEET 003 Cold Water Flat / Sleepyhead Cold Water Flat / Sleepyhead - Lost And Lazy / Gingerbread House(7", Single) Bitter Sweet (2) BITTERSWEET 003 Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
Sleepyhead Punk Rock City USA Slumberland Records US 1992 Sell This Version
WISH 001 Sleepyhead Sick Of Heaven(7") I Wish I Was A Slumberland Record WISH 001 US 1993 Sell This Version
HMS 224 Sleepyhead I Love You The Rain(7") Homestead Records HMS 224 US 1995 Sell This Version

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