Sleeper Agent's "Waves" Is About "Moving on from the Past"; Tony Smith Talks Evolution of the Band's Sound
The music video for "Waves" is shot in black and white and has a really interesting feel with lyrics. Why this concept?
"Waves" is about the end of the world. The video is trying to be crumbling, getting rid of dirt, cleaning yourself. Moving on from the past.
Rolling Stone described you guys as "Shaggy Kentucky kids whose songs are sweet, fizzy and combustible as a can of shook soda." How was that?
At the time it was very accurate. Um, we were wet behind the ears, had incredible shaggy hair and played less than two minute pop songs.
Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant, one of your influences, said, "They are the best peodple on earth." That mustve been cool, huh?
We grew up with those guys. Our influences come from them as people rather than music. You would see them live, and take that feeling home with you. [to his band member] Shut up, man [laughs].
Some friendly banter?
Yea, he's making fun of my quote [laughs again].
Sleeper Agent opens for New Politics with Magic Man, 7 p.m., on Sunday, January 19, at Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale. Visit cultureroom.net.