Naptaker is a garage punk trio based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their unique sound blends surf, psych, and post-punk with a pop sensibility. The self-described “surf trash” rockers deliver their original songs with reverb-riffing guitars, idiosyncratic vocal styling, groove-driven bass, and bombastic drums. Their shows are high energy events that get the audience moving and sweating. Though Naptaker approaches their craft with a sense of humor, they are ardent and serious about their art, aiming to raise their profile in the world of sounds.
Formed in July of 2012 by a chance meeting on Craig’s List, founding members Eric Bailey (guitar) and Sam Albers (bass) first began writing and jamming in the basement of their St. Paul castle. After a few months of messing around and the mysterious disappearance of their original drummer, they were forced to call out to the Craig’s List gods yet again, who answered with Preston Drum, a recent transplant from the Charlotte, NC punk scene. He has played in many bands, including The Pelicans, Choke Their Rivers with Our Dead, Weekenders and Kill Your Mules.