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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: VINYL ALBUM
  • SKU: E6-022
  • UPC: 760137272113
  • Street Date: 08/09/19
  • PreBook Date: 07/05/19
  • Genre: Alternative/Punk
  • Run Time: 36:32 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2019
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 0
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English


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The Gerbils - Are You Sleepy

Athens, Georgia's The Gerbils showcase their fuzzy, noise pop aesthetic on their 1998 debut album.

The Gerbils - Are You Sleepy
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Hailing from Athens, Georgia, The Gerbils' 1998 debut album is gushing with ecstatic fuzzed out melodies and noise pop aesthetic. Like other bands in the infamous Elephant 6 Collective, they are connoisseurs of lovingly deranged pop and lo-fi bedroom recordings and borrow equally from late 60s psychedelic and early 70s prog + rock. Featuring Scott Spillane and Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel.



Track Listing

  • Sunshine Soul
  • Is She Fiona
  • Crayon Box
  • Penny Waits
  • Fluid
  • Wet Host
  • Glue
  • Ted Doesn't Mind
  • Walnuts
  • Lead
  • Grin

Sales Points

  • This reissue was launched via a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $5k in funding.
  • LP has been out of print for 20+ years; limited pressing of the record in 1998 by Earworm Records (UK) and unavailable since
  • This reissue marks the highly anticipated relaunch of the Elephant 6 Collective, the infamous collective that spawned notable independent bands of the 1990s, including the Apples in Stereo, the Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, Beulah, Elf Power,

Press Quotes

Scott Spillane shows himself to be a more than capable front man, placing his vocals loud and up front, as the band buzzes away behind him with gobs of fuzz and skewed hooks.

     —CMJ, May 1998

The band plays childlike pop songs surrounded by touches of fuzzy psychedelia, songs in which musicianship stops just shy of slop and the vocals are delivered with quivering sincerity.

     —New Times L.A., April 1998

The Gerbils create entertaining nuggets of psych-pop fuzz. Neutral Milk hotel horn-player extraordinaire Scott Spillane leads the Athens trio, singing in a nasally conversational tone, meanwhile playing acid-drenched guitar.

     —Puncture, 1998

It's all very catchy, as befits a band containing members of Neutral Milk Hotel's touring incarnation.

     —Seattle Weekly, 1998

Stands among the best of the late-'90s Elephant 6 output.

     —Pitchfork, 2019

The first in the line of Elephant 6 reissues ... the kind of lo-fi psych rock the [Elephant 6 Collective] was known for, brimming with jangling guitars, light-hearted melodies, and impenetrable tape fuzz (so much fuzz!).

     —Tiny Mix Tapes, 2019

Another must-own for the Elephant 6 faithful.

     —AllMusic, 2019


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