Sleeping at Last

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Sleeping at Last
OriginWheaton, Illinois, USA
GenresAlternative rock, emo, indie rock
Years active1999–present
LabelsInterscope Records
MembersRyan O'Neal
Past membersChad O'Neal
Dan Perdue
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Sleeping at Last
OriginWheaton, Illinois, USA
GenresAlternative rock, emo, indie rock
Years active1999–present
LabelsInterscope Records
MembersRyan O'Neal
Past membersChad O'Neal
Dan Perdue

Sleeping at Last is an indie rock musical project of which singer and multi-instrumentalist Ryan O'Neal is the sole member.

Sleeping at Last was originally formed in 1999 in Wheaton, Illinois, and consisted of Ryan O'Neal, his brother Chad O'Neal (drummer) and Dan Perdue (bass guitarist). The group built a significant local following[1] and opened for bands such as Kill Hannah and Plain White T's, attracting the attention of Billy Corgan, who got them signed to Interscope Records in 2002.[2] Their major label debut, Ghosts, followed in 2003.

National touring ensued, first opening for Switchfoot, then for Billy Corgan's side project Zwan, Yellowcard, Something Corporate, The Format, and Bleu.[3] They received airplay on Fuse TV and their song "Quicksand" was featured in the third season of Grey's Anatomy.[3] Their third full-length, Keep No Score, was released independently.[4]

On November 29, 2008, it was announced that drummer Chad O'Neal would be moving on to pursue other interests.[5] In 2009, the band independently released their Storyboards album, which featured a guest orchestral arrangement by the legendary Van Dyke Parks. On July 15, 2010 the band announced via their website that starting on October 1, 2010 until September 1, 2011 they would be releasing three songs on the first day of each month for one year,[6] a project they named Yearbook. The songs were released on their website in twelve separate EPs named after the month in which they were released (e.g. January, February, etc.). As of December 8, 2011, all 12 EP's became available in one Yearbook box set for $45.00. On May 22, 2011 it was announced that bassist and keys player Dan Perdue would be stepping down to pursue other interests. The band will still continue as Sleeping at Last with Ryan O'Neal being the only permanent member.[7]

Yearbook songs "Homesick" and "Watermark" were featured in the ABC television show, Private Practice in Season 3 (2010), followed by "Yearbook" songs "Emphasis" and "Wires" being featured on Private Practice in Season 4 (2011). "Tethered" (also on "Yearbook") was featured in season 8 (2012) of the ABC television show Grey's Anatomy. "From the Ground Up" from Yearbook: December was featured in the season 7 finale of Bones.

On September 26, 2011 it was announced that a new Sleeping at Last song will be featured in the film, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, with a song called "Turning Page", written exclusively for the film. "Turning Page" and "Turning Page (Instrumental)" will appear exclusively on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, released on November 8, 2011.

On June 6, 2012, Sleeping At Last released an 8-bit remix EP entitled "8-Bits".[8] The EP is composed of one song from each of the last three Sleeping At Last studio albums and one song from the Yearbook project. The songs were remixed by Michael Carroll and Steven Padin from The Reign of Kindo. The EP was released for free on Noisetrade.

In December, 2013, the song "In the Embers" from the album Atlas: Light, was used by TCM television network (Turner Classic Movies) as the soundtrack for the 2013 version of "TCM Remembers," their annual tribute to those who died during the year. The lyrics of the song begin,"We live and we die, like fireworks our legacies hide in the embers."

Sleeping at Last is also involved with the non-profit organization To Write Love on Her Arms.



Extended Plays[edit]

2003GhostsInterscope Records
2006Keep No ScoreIndependent
1999There's a Quiet Understanding EPIndependent
2005Ghosts of Christmas Past EPIndependent
2009Christmas Collection 2009Independent
2010October EPIndependent
2010November EPIndependent
2010December EPIndependent
2011January EPIndependent
2011February EPIndependent
2011March EPIndependent
2011April EPIndependent
2011May EPIndependent
2011June EPIndependent
2011July EPIndependent
2011August EPIndependent
2011September EPIndependent
20128-Bits EPIndependent
2013Atlas: Darkness EPIndependent
2013Atlas: Light EPIndependent
2013Atlas: Space 1 EPIndependent
2013Atlas: Space 2 EPIndependent
2013Christmas Collection 2013Independent




  1. ^ Argyrakis, Andy. "Local Heroes". Chicago Tribune, November 24, 2000.
  2. ^ Biography,
  3. ^ a b Argyrakis, Andy.Concert Review. Concert Live Wire. Accessed July 6, 2007.
  4. ^ Shellberg, Tim.Wake Up to Sleeping at Last. NWI Times. Accessed July 6, 2007.
  5. ^ Street Team Email. November 29, 2008.
  6. ^ Sleeping At Last's NEW project announced!!!. Accessed July 15, 2010.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "8-Bits Free EP!". Accessed June 7, 2012.

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