Conceived in 2009 as a way to regain control and direction in her music career, Focus! Focus! is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist and recording engineer, Elly Swope. Based in Portland, OR, Swope writes, performs, and record all parts for Focus! Focus! in her home studio in Portland, OR, giving her the space and time to experiment with many different influences and sounds. The result is a unique and dynamic genre dubbed after the studio it was created in: Fuzzfolk. In her live performance, Swope leans on friends and loved ones from other notable PNW acts – Victoria Valenzuela (Loveboys), Luke Messimer (formerly Bryan John Appleby, Mississippi Man) and Jesse Sandoval (formerly The Shins, The Minders) – to create an explosively dynamic performance. The band has played extensively along the west coast over the last 5 years, including shows in Portland, Seattle, Eugene, OR and Los Angeles.
Six years have passed since the dissolution of their previous band, but recent tragedy was not without a silver lining as the members of Sleeping Lessons were reunited and refocused on creating together again. Following the death of his son, lead singer and guitarist Charlie Deane prescribed himself music as therapy, and the band’s debut album, Red Sprites, is the product of that personal development.