Oakland, Calif., rock band the Sleeping Giants is heading to Tahoe this weekend. Erik Yates (acoustic guitar, banjo, vocals), Jeff Coleman (keyboard, vocals) Chris Haugen (electric guitar, lap steel, vocals), Lucas Carlton (drums) Mark Murphy (electric bass) will play a free show in Crystal Bay Casino’s Crown Room on Friday.
The members all hail from other Bay Area bands: Coleman from Big Light, Murphy from Huckle and Haugen from Poor Man’s Whiskey. Yates and Carlton are both members of Hot Buttered Rum.
Sleeping Giants has been together about a year, Yates said. The group released a self-titled seven song EP in December.
The group was first conceived when Yates, Coleman and Carlton talked about creating a pedal-steel style country band to play some new songs Yates had written.
“That quickly shifted around we realized that the songs that I was bringing in were going to be better off in a straight ahead rock format,” Yates told Lake Tahoe Action.
With Haugen and Murphy along, the group rounded out its sound, blending a rock approach with a variety of other musical elements.
“I’d say we tend to jump back and forth between some stuff that Hot Buttered Rum fans would definitely get into and then some bigger rock textures, some bigger atmospheric sound,” Yates said. “People that like blues and rock will probably be entertained. Anyone that likes any of our other bands will probably be pretty entertained as well.”