Since the first Sleepless Nights release in 2004, there have been two constants in the band: the steadfast artistic vision and direction of Aaron Wallace, and a gentleman named Keith Hamilton.
A fixture in the Toronto music scene, Hamilton booked the Halifax band’s first ever show outside of the Maritimes. Through the years, Sleepless Nights toured with several of Hamilton’s acts. Four in fact: The Postage Stamps, The Diableros, Hamilton Tradition Company, and Beams. He has been there from the beginning, and has tirelessly stuck by the band as a booker, a musician, an actor, and a friend.
“Keith is our undeserved secret weapon. He’s our Bez. He’s the DJ Khaled of indie rock. He’s a fashion icon to future generations,” says Wallace.
“He is the unofficial twenty-second member of the band. No question,” adds Josh “Pinky” Pothier, the group’s drummer, jokingly referring to the sheer number of members the band has had over time.
Over 13 years, much has changed about Sleepless Nights. Musical styles, members, and formations, but never Keith Hamilton.
It seemed apt, then, that on what feels like a return to their musical foundation - dialed up, commanding pop rock - the band should pay homage to the other persistent thread that has followed them through their career.