I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead

“This record means a lot to me. Really it’s a collection of short stories written from multiple perspectives… different characters living in the same confused, askew city of “Poisenville”.  No-one is right in these stories and no one has the moral high ground but everyone is trying to keep themselves from suffocating under the weight of their own reality and faults.

A guy on a train asks a question he doesn’t really want answered… a concentration camp guard flirts with morality and ultimately chooses obedience… an older, pessimistic man thinks he’s doing the right thing by ending his relationship with a younger, optimistic woman but can’t help but self aggrandize… a young man responds angrily to a draft letter… a lost soul is trying to find connections in a party scene only to realize he’s more alone than ever… an atheist makes an emergency plea to God on a plane that he knows he hasn’t earned… a man sits on a Brooklyn stoop at dawn fully realizing his own bullshit self justifications and rejects them…  it’s littered with darkness and doubt but ultimately its about redemption.

It’s about the decision not to succumb to the darkest ideas we have about what we are.  ‘I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead’ began as what I imagined the city of “Poisenville” was saying to its inhabitants as a retort to being called a “city that never sleeps” but it ends with the discovery of something bigger than the maze of inner turmoil these characters feel: a resolve to fight for life, even if it’s someone else’s.”

— El

— Digital Reissue Available Now —



El-P x Fat Possum Records

Full catalog coming soon. For now, enjoy the new digital reissue of ISWYD.

All reissues will be released by our friends over at Fat Possum who also released 2012’s Cancer 4 Cure, still available via their store and all your favourite music platforms.