SLEEPING WITH SIRENS To Release Acoustic Album Featuring Bassist Justin Hills… Sleeping With Sirens, will be releasing their acoustic album, If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack, on June 26th via Rise Records. Produced by Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World, Finch, Blink-182), the result was five rich, stripped-down cuts loosely presented in the structure of a film, with each song title starting with a scene number.
Featuring three new cuts as well as two previously recorded songs radically re-arranged for the acoustic setting, the EP showcases the group in a different venue than their usual, high-volume environment, while also giving new subtlety to the re-recorded tracks. Sleeping With Sirens are famous for their informal acoustic shows-usually performed outside venues for fans after gigs-and now that magic has been captured for listeners everywhere to enjoy.
“We wanted to put out a record you can listen to while chilling at night and kind of winding down, or while doing your homework, or if you want to have some quality time with your girl or your guy. We wanted to give fans an album to listen to then, instead of just something that’s always in your face and heavy,” explains vocalist Kellin Quinn. “We don’t want our band to be defined to a certain sound or theme; we want to be able to dabble in everything and accomplish different styles of music. This acoustic album was a way for us to grow up and show people that.”
Sleeping With Sirens-which also includes guitarists Jesse Lawson and Jack Fowler, bassist Justin Hills and drummer Gabe Barham-was formed in 2009 by ex-members of bands For All We Know, Broadway and We Are Defiance. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based group’s first album for Rise Records, WithEars To See And Eyes To Hear, debuted in March 2010 at #7 on Billboard‘s “Top Heatseekers” chart, and at #36 on “Top Independent Albums.” Guitarists Nick Trombino and Brandon McMaster departed after the album, and were later replaced by Lawson and Fowler, who first appeared on the retooled band’s second album, Let’s Cheers To This. Released in May 2011, the record peaked at #78 on Billboard‘s “Top 200” chart, as well as #13 on “Top Independent Albums”and #5 in “Hard Rock.” The band has toured extensively, sharing stages with fellow scene stalwarts like We Came As Romans,Falling In Reverse, Alesana, A Skylit Drive, Blessthefall, Emmure, For All Those Sleeping and Motionless In White.
Quinn utilizes the moody, dynamic textures of If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack to reach new heights of lyrical depth and intimacy, tackling topics like love and relationships with a more nuanced approach than past recordings. The constant amorous tug-of-war that most couples inevitably face is given particular emphasis in the previously unreleased “Scene Four: Don’t You Ever Forget About Me.” Fans will also be pleasantly surprised by the two stripped-down rearrangements of prior recordings that appear onIf You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack. Both “With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear” and “James Dean & Audrey Hepburn” take on a new life on the EP, and in the process, convey entirely different emotions as acoustic recordings. Quinn says the new version of “James Dean & Audrey Hepburn” which was written in a moment of homesickness, is even more powerful than the original.
The remainder of 2012 and all of 2013 promise to hold even more exciting new developments for Sleeping With Sirens, who were just featured on the cover of the June 2012 issue of Alternative Press Magazine, starting with the band’s first-ever run on the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer. After more touring in the fall, the group also plans to head into the studio in winter 2013 to begin work on their forthcoming third full-length. Until then, If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack will serve as the latest reminder of the dazzling directions in which Sleeping With Sirens are headed.
“Get excited for 2013: There are a lot of big things coming, and this acoustic album’s something to tide you over. Listen to it and enjoy,” says Quinn. “Get ready for the new [full-length] record, because it’s going to be insane. It’s going to be the best thing we’ve ever done. We’re going to go 100% into next year. We’re excited for our band, and our fans, to be part of it. We’re making music that is still going to be the Sleeping with Sirens that everyone loves, but we’re definitely also growing and maturing. We’re always moving toward bigger and better.”
Sleeping With Sirens will release If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack on June 26th.