Hailing from the Minneapolis indie music scene, The Persian Leaps released their debut EP Praise Elephants last summer to positive reviews. A noise-pop band with a shoegaze vibe, the five-track EP is full of noisy guitars, vocal harmonies and catchy hooks reminiscent of The Smiths, Sugar, Teenage Fanclub and My Bloody Valentine.
In follow-up, the band released the official music video for “Sleepless;” a track off the EP that delivers a deep melody wrapped up in strong fuzzy guitar riffs. Directed by Liám Pádraig Watkins, the video uses black-and-white performance shots, interspersed with special-effect-drenched video taken of ordinary landscapes and local landmarks, and builds to a finale of psychedelic flashing lights. It is a clever and entertaining video that deftly reflects the tension explored in the lyrics between our dreams and our reality.
The Persian Leaps began as a phrase written in a college notebook by lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Drew Forsberg. In the way that all good ideas do, the phrase grew into something more; becoming the inspiration behind, and the name of, Forsberg’s studio project under which he recorded his songs. In 2012, the project moved out of the studio and on to the stages of local venues when Brad Hendrickson (bass/vocals) and Michael McCloskey (drums/vocals) joined Forsberg to record his songs and perform his music. And as they say, the rest is history. The Persian Leaps is a band that fans of 1980’s and early ’90’s alternative rock, indie-pop and shoegaze – as well as any fan of good indie music – should give a listen. You’ll be glad that you did.