The guys in Buffalo’s Sleepy Hahas are probably getting sick of being compared to the Black Keys. I’ve done it myself. I realize now that such a knee-jerk comparison might do more harm than good, for it suggests that somehow the Sleepy lads are trying to sound like the Black Keys, when in fact, they simply share a similar penchant for indie-rock run though a psychedelic, garage-rock filter. So I’m swearing off the Black Keys comparisons for good.
The Sleepy Hahas, with singer and guitarist Pat Butler out front, are one of the most dynamic and exciting indie rock bands in Western New York, and now, we’ve got a studio album that proves as much. “Dull Days” – which will be celebrated with a release party at 8 p.m. Friday in Buffalo Iron Works (49 Illinois St.) – offers a jubilant hybrid of killer hooks, garage bombast, and lovingly applied psychedelic overtones. The album was produced by the band and Paul Harmann, who, ironically perhaps, worked on the Black Keys’ “Attack & Release” album.
For the Iron Works show, the Sleepy Hahas will be joined by Bearhunter, Strange Acres and Zealot. Admission at the door will be $5. Visit www.sleepyhahas.bandcamp.com.
– Jeff Miers