Knitting Factory Presents
Sleeping With Sirens – Gossip World Tour 2018
Sleeping With Sirens’ latest album Gossip is out now.
T.S. Eliot once famously claimed, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
Risk catalyzes Sleeping With Sirens on their fifth full-length and first for Warner Bros. Records, Gossip. Through taking quantum sonic leaps, the quintet—Kellin Quinn [vocals, keyboards], Jack Fowler [lead guitar], Nick Martin [rhythm guitar], Justin Hills [bass], and Gabe Barham [drums]—reach the artistic heights they began angling for nearly 10 years ago, while amplifying musical hallmarks such as soaring and soul-striking vocals, wildly catchy riffing, and intricate beats.
At its heart, the record reflects not only creative progression, but personal as well…
“The story of Gossip really begins in me transitioning from a boy to a man,” admits Kellin. “I grew up basically my entire life playing music in this group. This record is me figuring out who I’m supposed to be as a musician, a husband, and a father. It’s a hard, scary, rewarding, and daring process that gets chronicled in the lyrics. Musically, I feel like it’s the first Sirens record that sounds specifically like us. We took chances, experimented, and continued to do what we do best: create art. It’s something new. It has an authentic sound that we’ve been working towards all this time.”
When it comes to alternative music, the boys have quietly pushed the envelope since the release of their 2010 debut, With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear. Along the way, Sleeping With Sirens’ delicate one-two punch of towering melodies and tight musicality galvanized a diehard fan base dubbed “Strays” as they sold a staggering total of 1.5 million albums worldwide. 2013’s Feel bowed at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and boasted a standout collaboration with MGK entitled “Alone.” Its 2015 follow-up Madness went Top 15 and earned unanimous acclaim with The New York Times praising how it, “blends tender and anguished in equal measure.” Along the way, Alternative Press named them 2014 “Artist of the Year” at the Alternative Press Music Awards, awarded “Kick Me” the 2015 “Song of the Year”, and touted them on its cover six times. They’ve graced the main stages of Warped Tour, Reading & Leeds, and more in addition to Kellin duetting with Pierce The Veil on the gold-certified “King For A Day.” After a whirlwind 2016, the guys hunkered down in January 2017 and commenced work on what would become Gossip for the next six months.
The sessions earmarked a few firsts for Sleeping With Sirens. It’s the first time that they recorded in multiple states, working everywhere from Los Angeles and Nashville to New Jersey. It’s also the first time they collaborated with producer David Bendeth [Paramore, All Time Low]. Often tackling one vocal or guitar part for eight hours straight, the musicians meticulously tapped into what Kellin dubs an “Electric” energy.
“We finally captured the live experience with Bendeth,” says the frontman. “We have the production, but there’s a rawness that comes through. David is very old school. He really pushed us, and we pushed ourselves. We realized what we could do as artists, and we evolved.”
That growth shines through the first single “Legends.” Piano and drums resound as Kellin empoweringly chants, “We could be legends after all.” It’s a triumphant call-to-arms bolstered by swells of hulking hooks and guitar.
“It’s about looking at your life and all of the obstacles in front of you and maintaining faith, belief, and love in yourself no matter what,” he goes on. “If you want to be somebody great, you must have that confidence. We’re in an age where everyone is surrounded by social media and constantly being judged. So strength comes from within. It’s a reminder that the work and time will pay off in the end.”
Over propulsive clapping on the title track “Gossip,” Kellin presciently croons, “I got that new sound and when I come ‘round I’ll be your nightmare, I’m coming for you don’t be scared.” It sums up the album’s mission statement, proudly addressing the evolution over snapping six-string distortion and the scorching falsetto that turned the conversation towards Sleeping With Sirens in the first place.
“The song discusses what people say about you,” he explains. “It correlates to social media again and how humans generally act. Everybody always has an opinion, whether it’s good or bad. It’s such a different record for us. We took the leap. We stand behind it.”
Acoustic guitar slips into an avalanche of glitchy electronics and vocal torrent on “One Man Army,” while “Trouble” hinges on a danceable groove and swaggering admission, “I’m in trouble.”
“‘Trouble’ is all about being blinded by what we think is important,” continues Kellin. “We get in trouble because we lose sight of what really matters. It’s about coming to terms with what matters in life. For me, it’s the little things like the moments I get to sleep in my own bed, wake up, and see my daughter or when fans tell me I got them through hard times.”
Gossip signals the start of another chapter for the band as well. In 2017, they inked their first major label deal with Warner Bros. Records as Kellin puts it, “They operate like an indie and automatically felt like family. It was like the stars aligned.”
Ultimately, the risks yield Sleeping With Sirens’ boldest, brightest, and best work to date.
“No matter what anyone says, I want to encourage listeners to take risks of their own,” Kellin leaves off. “Our band took a chance. We’re going to back it. That’s all you can do as an artist. This is my diary. It’s who I am.”
Every day that you wake up, you have a choice. A choice of who you are, how you present yourself, and how you want to be remembered. And in the face of those daily choices – and ahead of the release of Upside Down – Set It Off has simply chosen to be more. More ambitious. More unified. More confident. More open-minded. More collaborative. And above all, more authentic.
“We’ve gotten stronger. We really have. As a whole. As a unit. We feel more together. When you go through struggle and you make it through, your bond strengthens. That’s what Upside Down is about. That’s the theme of this album. Going through struggle, and instead of taking it as defeat or a sign to give up – turning it into a positive and moving forward,” declares Set It Off frontman Cody Carson. “We go through a lot every year, we’re in the music industry, that’s gonna happen. So we decided to band together, and just push forward.”
The Tampa, FL-based band released Upside Down, their third full-length, on October 7th via Equal Vision Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, CA with producers Brandon Paddock (Panic! At The Disco, Avril Lavigne, Pentatonix), Erik Ron (Saosin, Panic! At The Disco) and Mike Green (5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low, Cassadee Pope). The release was noted as one of the “Most Anticipated Albums of 2016” by Alternative Press Magazine and follows the band’s sophomore album, Duality, which debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard Independent Chart, No. 81 on the Billboard Top Current Chart, and No. 86 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart; And the band’s debut full-length, Cinematics, that was released in September 2012, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard South Atlantic Heatseekers Regional Chart, No. 4 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart, No. 9 on Billboard Next Big Sound Chart, No. 38 Independent Chart, and even broke into the Billboard Top 200 chart at No. 174. Set It Off formed in 2008 and is comprised of Cody Carson (vocals), Dan Clermont (guitar), Zach DeWall (guitar) and Maxx Danziger (drums).
Upside Down sonically takes a brighter sound than previous releases and offers the band’s most pop-driven anthems to date. Bold electronic elements guide loud, driving rock instrumentations with guitar riffs as catchy as the choruses and an overall feel-good, dance-worthy vibe throughout. On Upside Down, Set It Off commands attention and brings authenticity back to pop music in a bold and unapologetic way.
“I felt like a change was needed for Upside Down, so we decided to go back to our roots. Instead of focusing on what we think everyone else should hear from us or how they should perceive us, we went back to the roots of writing songs for the sake of wanting to write a good song. Opening our minds up to doing more co-writes and to collaborating more and just doing whatever it takes to chase that perfect song,” he shares. “And I feel like once we got out of our darker, more theatrical Cinematics era, writing became easier because we weren’t inside of a box. So with Duality, the first time we started making the transition [to our roots], we started to open our minds to what Set It Off could become if we just didn’t put any boundaries on ourselves and just wrote whatever came out of our minds and our hearts at that moment.”
“Writing Duality really showed me that a vibe is everything in writing. If I’m excited and I’m getting into it, then I’m going to write better melodies. If I’m feeling confident, I’m going to write better melodies and have better ideas. I’ve always heard that songwriting and producing is 99% confidence – and it’s so true. Brandon [Paddock] brought out a writing side of us and a confidence that we’ve never had. And I immediately became a better writer from that,” notes Carson.
Duality was our learning process of getting better and Upside Down is us – our system is on point now."
Discussing the band’s hardships with people they’ve worked with, how they’ve coped with current events going on in the world, and reflecting on past personal relationships of past and present, Upside Down covers a wide spectrum lyrically – creating a dynamic and distinctly human experience. “I feel like it’s important to be honest, to be yourself. To me, I like how genuine the album is, I love the guys in my band because of the people they are and how real they are, and how real we are with everyone else. That’s what I like with our connection with our fanbase too. And that’s what I want people to take away from all of this...people just seeing us as people. That realness is what is most important to me.”
Michigan's Southpaw, is an up and coming rock band emerging from scattered punk rock scenes throughout the midwest. The three piece outfit pays lots of respects to genres that have a belonging to punk rock roots whether it be pop punk, hardcore, grunge, and even hints of metal. You can currently find their self released LP and EP on all digital platforms. Get on board as they launch their first label released LP this February on Anchor Eighty Four Records.
Additionally, Southpaw has performed with emerging artists as well as established artists, such as A Day To Remember, Neck Deep, Sleeping With Sirens, State Champs, Less Than Jake and La Dispute. They've also made appearances at BLED FEST, and Burning Foot Festival.