The band’s name may imply that its members are somnambulists,
but Green Bay/Milwaukee/Oshkosh trio Ian Olvera & The Sleepwalkers sound
wide-awake on their full-length debut. The
Reckless Kind finds a comfortable space between cheerful power-pop, ’70s Southern California singer-songwriter confessions
and hearty country rock. Depending on the subject matter and tempo, Olvera
uses his nasally voice to complement or contrast his melodies and arrangements.
The band doesn’t give the impression that it is
approaching its influences from a point of alt/indie irony. If the lyrics
are a bit vague in a BoDeans-ish way, the Sleepwalkers sell their songs with at
least as much gusto as those Waukesha
wonders. Earnest and fetching, Olvera and his mates sound like
they're investing sweat equity for the long haul.