WANT TO GO?
With The AK-Forty Sexuals
WHEN: 10 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: The Empty Glass, 410 Elizabeth St.
INFO: 304-345-3914 or www.facebook.com/sleepwalkerwv
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Friends move in and out of each other's lives over the years, especially during the college years. For college students, keeping bands together can prove exceedingly difficult as members graduate, drop out and/or move away.
For five guys in Morgantown, it was the dissolution of old bands and friends leaving town that necessitated the formation of a new group. The result: the indie rock band Sleepwalker, unveiled last June.
Tyler Grady and David Bello, who both write, sing and play guitar in Sleepwalker, said the beginning was quite organic.
"We all met through drinking a lot while we were in college," Grady said. "No joke."
Bello said that getting back into a band with friends was something he'd been looking forward to doing.
"My old band, David Bello and His God-Given Right, was ending because everybody moved to separate places around the country, and Kyle Vass even moved to Taiwan. So me and [drummer] Pat [Manzi] were looking to do something new."
"Something new" became Sleepwalker. The group comes to The Empty Glass on Thursday for the last in a series of free Thursday night shows at the Elizabeth Street venue.
Pre-existing friendships didn't assure chemistry and success as a unit for the members of Sleepwalker.
"Being friends doesn't guarantee that your band will have complete creative chemistry," Grady said. "I had no idea what this group of people would sound like as a band. It was a complete experiment."