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Local band looks to jolt music scene
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The hard-rocking band Sleep Nation has caught the attention of at least one executive in the music industry.Tropic Heat Studios CEO Gigi de Lugo is working with the McMinnville-based group on a West Coast tour as Sleep Nation looks to perform outside Tennessee.“I haven’t heard a new band like this in a while,” said de Lugo, who was in McMinnville on Saturday night to hear Sleep Nation perform at Collins River BBQ. “I’ve waited my whole life and 25 years in the music industry to discover a band this good.”Sleep Nation includes founding members Bran Merritt on vocals and guitar, and Justin Swingler on drums. They first started playing together in 2010. Guitarist Seth Bouldin and bass player Garrett Roper were added last year.Sleep Nation has a five-song EP it sells at shows and the band recently produced a music video for its original song “I Want You Back,” which can be seen on YouTube.

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