Formed in the fall of 2012 in Tinley Park, IL, Hitsleep's sound was inspired by several different genres of music. The differences in inspiration combined to form a unique alternative rock sound. The band rehearsed throughout 2012 and 2013, capping off 2013 with their inaugural show in Homer Glen, Illinois. They continued to play shows in 2014 at various bars and music venues around Chicago including: House of Blues Chicago, Bottom Lounge, Elbo Room, Reggie's Rock Club and more.
In August 2014, Hitsleep took to the battle of the bands scene. After beating out over 50 bands and winning the grand prize in Evolution Music's Battle of the Bands, Hitsleep earned the opportunity to play their first out-of-state show in the legendary music town of Nashville, Tennessee, opening up for "Real Friends." With several live performances under their belt, Hitsleep released their first independent album, "Dirty Little Words" in September 2014.
In 2015, Hitsleep developed their catalog of songs and played across Illinois during all months of the year, ending 2015 at J.W. Hollstein's in Tinley Park for a hometown New Year's Eve bash.
Hitsleep expanded the list of states that they've played by making debuts in early 2016 in Iowa, Missouri, and Ohio. On June 28, 2016, Hitsleep released their sophomore album, "100 Nights." The band looks forward to many years of high energy performances!
A.J. Skrabis - Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Mike Daly- Bass
Hayden Zegley- Lead Guitar, Vocals
Dave Patterson- Drums
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Press & Crowd Reviews:
"Bright beaches and laidback vibes aren’t synonymous with Chicago or the music it inspires. Most bands have been gravitating towards the raucous punk hooks or cultivating their own take on the classic rock sounds of the late ‘60s early ‘70s, but warm vibes are quickly blowing in from the nearby suburbs. Tinley Park act, Hitsleep is channeling easy-going surf and sunshine with jam band charm and reggae melodies. - jess Roti, Local Loop
"These guys are able to pull together quite a few genres and combine them into something that works." -Andrew Jurik, Elmhurst College
“The music has a pleasant sound and lovely effortless flow to it. The vocals have that sexy, rock, edgy, quirky tone to them. The lyrics fit well into the musical arrangement, but to me the vocals and there Rolling Stones Mick Jagger tone rules this track, so it doesn't really matter as much to the lyrics as my attention has been immediately drawn to the vocals. The guitar solos bring the cool edgy vibe to light and work to give interest and links within the music.” - Reverbnation Crowd Review of "Get a Little Better"