Redwalls guitarist Andrew Langer has left the Chicago band he co-founded and formed a new quintet dubbed the Sleeptalkers (pictured). “The Redwalls was our childhood dream,” Langer says of the heavily Beatles-y outfit of friends from Deerfield, Ill. “It was a fun and exciting experience for a while, but as my musical taste grew outside of that bubble, it became apparent that I wanted to move in a different direction.” Langer picked Robert Pollard’s main collaborator, Todd Tobias, to produce and play bass on the Sleeptalkers’ first record, currently untitled and label-less. Langer is hoping for an early-2009 release. Continuing on the Pollard-connection front (we are MAGNET, after all), the Sleeptalkers’ first gig, February 7 at Schuba’s in Chicago, will be opened by Regal Standard, Pollard sideman Jason Narducy’s new band. No word on what the remaining Redwalls are up to, or whether Chris Slusarenko is involved in any way.
The Sleeptalkers’ “Falling Apart”: