By Samuel Stevens
Release Date: June 24, 2020
Genre: Alternative Rock
The Brazilian alternative rock trio, SOFIA, have released their much anticipated debut EP, Stories for the Sleepless. The trio who are now based out of Los Angeles, California have been releasing the EP’s five singles online the last few months beginning with the first on February 19, 2020 with the track, “Coconut.”
SOFIA is comprised of vocalist/bassist Leo Bomeny, guitarist Alex Novaes, and drummer Bruno Lamas. The band’s songwriting is inspired by many different subjects including, bedtime stories, fairy tales, science fiction, and fantasies. Musically, the band is influenced by a very diverse pool of bands such as Tame Impala, Muse, Mutemath, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Twenty One Pilots, and even the music off the original soundtrack for the motion picture, The Lord of the Rings. SOFIA strides with the hope their lyricism and the characters they write about are mixed together to give their listeners a sense of belonging and acceptance.
Stories for the Sleepless opens up with the band’s first single, “Coconut,” a song about finding acceptance and happiness in the little things, the joy in the madness, and the chaos of two complex, emotional, but different people. “I’m out of my mind / I’m so confused / But if my devil inside loves the angel in you / I’m happy.”
The track, “Sad,” tells the story of somebody who is frustrated they see their significant other’s self-destructive behaviors, but can’t do anything about it. Whereas the tune, “idontwannafuckthisup,” dives into the mind of someone who falls in love easily and tends to get carried away by their emotions. “Put your walls down / Shut the lights out / I don’t wanna fuck this up / Sorry if its all too much to take now / Take your time dear / I’ll be right here.”
Stories for the Sleepless’ last hurrah is the band’s latest single, “Stranger.” This particular track touches on the subject of your significant other becoming a stranger to you. This song’s story follows a person who is emotionally and psychologically trapped in a relationship that is seen as one sided. This person you were once familiar with, they’ve now became a stranger to you. “I’m scared to stay here alone / See the shape I’m in / Not like it’s a sin.”