The Fort Worth-based metalcore act Oh, Sleeper was an outgrowth of the short-lived Christian emo band Terminal, which split up shortly following the release of its only album in 2005. Three members of Terminal — guitarist James Erwin, bassist Lucas Starr (who briefly played in a similar alternative Christian act, As Cities Burn, prior to that band’s dissolution), and drummer Ryan Conley — regrouped with a pair of local Fort Worth musicians, singer Micah Kinard and guitarist Shane Blay (formerly of Evelynn, as well as the North Carolina straight-edge act Between the Buried and Me) to form Oh, Sleeper in the spring of 2006. Oh, Sleeper’s debut EP, The Armored March, was released by 1×1 Music in November of that year, and the group signed to Solid State Records for the release of their full-length debut, When I Am God, the following year.
Ryan Conley left the band after the release of When I Am God, choosing to eschew the life of a musician in order join the Navy and begin a family with his longtime girlfriend. Oh, Sleeper forged ahead in his absence, enlisting Matt Davis to handle drum duties and launching sessions for their second album. Son of the Morning, a concept album about God’s final battle with the devil, appeared in 2009.
~ Stewart Mason