Friday 8th March 2019

Name, where are you from?
Louise Wener, Brighton.

Describe your style in three words?
Imposter syndrome chic.

What’s the best gig you’ve ever been to?
David Bowie at Milton Keynes Bowl, 1983. It was a baking hot day in July. I was with a crowd of mates. I was in love with Bowie and his music. He was immense.

If you could be on the line up with any two bands in history?
The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, so we could finally decide who’s best.

Which subcultures have influenced you?
Punk, for it’s DIY “anyone can do this” ethic. New Romantic, for the eyeliner and frills.

If you could spend an hour with anyone from history?
An hour’s not very long - ideally, you’d need someone who was a great raconteur and had big, dirty stories to tell. I’m going for old Hollywood: David Niven or Elizabeth Taylor.

Of all the venues you’ve played, which is your favourite?
CBGB’S in New York. It was a stink-hole. But its history gives it grandeur – Blondie, The Ramones, Talking Heads… It was a buzz to play there.

Sleeper enjoyed huge critical and commercial success during the mid-'90s in the Britpop scene. Louise Wener was an iconic front-person, heading up a movement that brought women centre stage in guitar music.

They had 8 top 40 singles, 3 top 10 albums and their cover of Blondie's 'Atomic' was used on the era-defining soundtrack for Trainspotting before the band split in 1998.

On 22nd March 2019, Sleeper will release their first album in 21 years, 'The Modern Age' before heading out on UK tour this Spring.

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