An alternative pop band inspired by the ’70s onward, New Jersey quartet Sleep House released its latest single, “I Hate That I Miss You” on Friday, June 7. The song, which follows two EPs and a single in the last two years, is sunny, bright and upbeat, and despite the youth of its members, who met in high school only a few short years ago, there is maturity and depth woven into the pop song.
The four boys in Sleep House formed the band during high school, according to their website, and they hit it off immediately. That chemistry is evident on “I Hate That I Miss You”; it is sunny and sweet, and each instrument sounds as if it was made to work with the others on this specific track. The song is impossibly catchy, and there is a palpable energy on the track.
And though the bright, jangly guitar chords bring warmth to this song, there is still a depth to the music. Perhaps that sense of substance comes from singer Nicholas Gardyasz’s deep, smooth vocals and the hint of longing that permeates his voice and the lyrics (“Cause I hate that I miss you”); or perhaps it comes from the effortlessly cool guitar solo; or perhaps it comes from the frenetic drum rhythms, which drive the track as they jitter in the background. Regardless, all of these elements make for a fun single, and this song is one that strays just far enough from boy-band pop to be unique.
“I Hate That I Miss You” is a classic summer single: effortlessly catchy, mature and sweetly sunny. Plus, Sleep House will continue to work on new music and shows, so fans in New Jersey may be able to catch a live show this summer. In the meantime, though, “I Hate That I Miss You,” is officially out, so find it on your favorite streaming service or stream it from the Spotify link below.