By Jano Tantongco
Long Island’s own indie rock and post-hardcore band, The Sleeping, is reuniting after 10 years for a one-night-only show at The Paramount on Friday.
Bassist Salvatore Mignano, who hails from Seaford, said he posted an old video of the band on social media in January and it went viral. That prompted him and the other original band members to think about a reunion. Mignano, who is also a co-owner of bar and restaurant Vauxhall in Huntington village, said his bandmates were all excited by the possibility. With an offer from The Paramount to play host, they all had one thing to say.
“Let’s do it.’”
The reunion will feature the entire original, four-piece lineup with Mignano on bass; Cameron Keym on guitar and keyboard; Joseph Zizzo on drums; and Douglas Robinson on vocals.
Mignano added that this will be the first time in 10 years that the original lineup will take the stage together for a show. They haven’t played together at all in six years, according to Mignano.
But, even after all that time, when the group gets together to practice, “it all starts coming back. It’s like riding a bike,” Mignano said.
Musically speaking, he added, nowadays, he’s into soul, but is still a fan of bands with a heavier sound, such as Motorhead. Mignano, who is also a co-owner of Amityville Music Hall, also draws inspiration from local Long Island troupes.
Getting to take the stage himself, once again, however, is “going to be a great time.”
“A lot of old school people haven’t even seen the band in 10 years,” he added, explaining that The Sleeping will be bringing back what fans have been waiting for, “a pretty wild experience” that creates a “vibe that flows through the room.”
The show begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, with doors opening at 7 p.m. Tickets range $20-$40 and can be purchased at the box office or from Paramountny.com. Also performing that night will be Reggie and the Full Effect, and Lux Courageous.