I've Tried Sleeping
WELL, HOW DID I GET HERE?
If I had to point fingers of course I'd have to blame Dylan, but I was ripe before his music forever changed my life.
I've written a thousand songs, starved, played on the street, played to the crowd, survived band explosions, self-implosions, and have had my heart broken, dreams crushed and soul thinned all over the place chasing that perfection of Mr. Tambourine Man -- and I wouldn't trade a minute of it.
When R.E.M. made the leap from Reckoning to Fables, I followed. Peter Gabriel, James Brown, Paul Simon, Scott Weiland, Bruce Springsteen.
I'VE TRIED SLEEPING
While uploading to Spotify, I learned of five other Charlie Edwards acts out there not hurting anybody. Rather than go Highlander on them, I'VE TRIED SLEEPING was born.
This record is a 10 song whole meant to be listened to in its entirety at loud volume. The songs will take you somewhere if you let them. Hit play on the player at the bottom of the screen and try to make it through the last two, they bottom out.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
My five-piece BAMF band wants to make more music. You can help us to realize this dream.
Listen, rock out, listen again, then please...
Post about it
Add it to your playlists
Thank you for listening!
How This Record Came To Be
This project began as a response to this current "age of the song" we are enduring.
Where an artist is a brand that might get 8 seconds of distracted listening by a wannabe influencer on an iPhone.
I set out to make a recording in the traditions of a vinyl record from the golden age of rock -- not auto-tuned and with badass players playing real instruments.
I kept distilling, cranking up the tempos, and editing out the non-essential parts to realize I was actually making a Clash record.
Urgent, bristling, unrelenting. A collective whole that builds to a powerful crescendo on track 9.
Track 10 lifts the listener up off the ground from there.
Charlie Edwards • Vocals & Guitar
Jay Condiotti • Lead Guitar
Eddie Ramirez • Bass
AJ Ramirez • Drums & Percussion
Kelly Porter • Organ & Synth
Michael Schettler, Additional Guitar on track 4
Calista Edwards, Cello on tracks 9 & 10
Produced by Michael Schettler
Spokane Recording Studio, Spokane, WA USA
Recorded & Mixed by Jay Condiotti
J Bones Musicland, Spokane, WA USA
Words & Music by Charlie Edwards
2022 All rights reserved, Caerus Infinity LLC
Photography by Rick Chapman
"The latest from I've Tried Sleeping is a massive self-titled album that ranges in varying styles of arena rock from different decades all rolled into one warm and edgy record that spans a progressive tonality and some psychedelia as well.
The self-titled album release is absolutely vast and sonically outstanding as it brings gigantic guitar sections that feel like songs you listened to growing up.
The real deal classic rock influences are beautiful here and the artist does an excellent job of designing songs that feel cinematic and impactful with wailing leads and that kind of 90's alt edge.
I've Tried Sleeping is almost like cross breeding bands like Yes or The Who with bands like The Pixies.
In other words, this is awesome. And from start to finish you get a feel for memories brought to light, chapters in his life, and it's all got such perfected explanations and descriptions lyrically that you really can visually see the things he's singing about.
Now, I've Tried Sleeping is a full band, and each member really lays it down enough to make an impact on the sound heavily, but the songs are born from Charlie Edwards or at least the project is the brainchild of him.
This was an endlessly addictive and genuine form of rock that we actually miss these days so we're thankful for this band bringing it back into full swing like this."
- BUZZ SLAYERS, 10/12/22