On Jan. 11, the Poway-based band Sleepless Pacific will release its debut album and celebrate with a free concert at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Band members said the album, which is titled Breaking Ground, is symbolic of how far they’ve come since first forming and of where they hope to go from here.
“It really encapsulates the idea of the birth of a new life,” said guitarist and lead vocalist James Bishop, 18.
The band, which includes guitarist Esteban Cervantes, 19, keyboardist Robin Morris, 17, drummer Taylor Eldreth, 18, and bassist Logan Nelson, 19, began recording a little more than a year ago with the help of friends and family in Studio City, Los Angeles.
Bishop said they spent about a week in the studio before moving on to the post production—a nearly 500-hour task that Bishop incorporated into his senior project at Poway High School.
"The album is everything I could've asked for and more,” Bishop said. “Since we were the people who worked on it for the most part, we were able to realize our dream.”
The album features all original songs, including the track Are You Listening? from which lyrics the album title was taken. Of the 12 songs, Bishop said he has trouble pinpointing a favorite.
“They're kind of like our babies,” he said. “It's like picking a favorite child—they're all different, and they all hit me in different places.”
The concert is free and will run from 7 to 11 p.m. in the university's ARC. The band will auction off the first CD they held collectively.
More than money, however, Bishop said they're just looking forward to sharing their music with others.
“Our purpose is to make music that is more than a form of entertainment,” Bishop said. “We want our music to make a positive difference in people's lives, and encourage social change.”