Sleep Machine create classic rock sounds with a modern edge

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Rock duo releases new EP “Animal High”

By Courtney Meloche, Staff Writer

On “Animal High,” their just-released sophomore EP,  Los Angeles-based duo Sleep Machine create classic rock for a whole new generation.

Sleep Machine’s biography refers to them as a “modern Led Zeppelin,” and it’s easy to hear the comparison. Though there is definitely a pop edge, many of their tracks have a similar blues-rock feel to the classic-rock legends.

Guitarist/Bassist/Producer Dan Kalisher and singer Alisha Zalkin have grown into one of the city’s top up-and-coming rock acts. They released their debut EP “Cover Me In Gold” in 2015, which attracted the attention of Entertainment Weekly magazine. They have been performing across the city at venues including The Viper Room, Hotel Café, Lucky Strike Live, and Universal CityWalk’s Howl At The Moon. Their music has been heard in television shows including “Quantico,” “Finding Carter,” “Younger,” and “The Royals.”

The EP kicks off with the hard rocking “Higher and Higher.” Accompanied by Kalisher’s melodic riffs, Zalkin’s soulful, powerful vocal is flawless. “Higher and Higher” could recently be heard on the ABC television series “Mistresses” and it as well as the second track “Danger” were recently featured on the hit television series “The Fosters.”

On tracks including “Danger,” “Animal High,” and “Good To Be Bad” Zalkin’s sound is at times reminiscent of a young Pat Benatar but with a stronger blues influence. On “Ghost Town,” her vocal could not sound smoother or more effortless.

“Animal High” is the first single from the EP. Sleep Machine released a beautifully shot music video for the song on September 5, which has already gotten over 1,600 views on YouTube. Check it out here:

“The Holy Ones” features a gorgeous melodic guitar riff over the verses—a perfect showcase for Kalisher. His guitar mastery continues on “Good To Be Bad” and “Ghost Town”.

The EP closes on a more vulnerable note with the haunting “Deliver Me”. Zalkin gives an emotional performance backed by Kalisher’s soulful but strong guitar work.  As she sings “you shattered every part of me” you believe every word.

“Animal High” is a powerful offering from start to finish. Kalisher’s production sounds outstanding. Each song has a distinct personality and could easily be a #1 hit in its own right, but the EP as a whole sounds like a cohesive collection.

Animal High is available now for purchase on iTunes ($6.93 or $0.99/song), Google Play ($6.93 or $0.99/song), and CD Baby ($9.99 or $0.99/song) or you can stream it on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. Visit for information on upcoming shows, social media links, and to learn more about the band.

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