Sleeping With Sirens is a band that has been in the scene for quite some time. The post-hardcore crew has gone through many member changes and various sounds, but throughout the years have continuously come out on top. And it all paid off because Sleeping With Sirens is now a household name. Working with the likes of Good Charlotte and Machine Gun Kelly, and frequently featuring on the Billboard charts, the band is known in every scene.
And in honor of the band’s successful career, and brand new album Gossip, we thought we’d take a trip down memory lane and listen to some of our favourite SWS classics!
1. ‘With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear’ – This punchy post-hardcore anthem is one that helped start the band’s career. Though the band left behind this sound long ago, With Ears will always mark the classic, raw, breakdown-heavy SWS. Kellin Quinn’s signature delicate vocals are still very much in the forefront of the chunky, upbeat track, but the song’s emphasis is on the very unpolished metalcore sound that was displayed by many of the bands in the scene at that time.
2. ‘If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn’ – Okay, so we were obviously going to talk about this beautiful and intense love ballad. Not only is the name an A+, but the song is one of our absolute favourites. This moody, auditory attack of a song is the reason that many people began listening to Sleeping With Sirens. (It’s also the reason why every emo in 2010-2015 had “They say that love is forever / your forever is all that I need” plastered all over their Tumblr page or tattooed on their body.)
3. ‘Do It Now, Remember It Later’ – We really don’t think this feel-good, we-don’t-give-a-damn anthem gets enough credit. The spirited tune is all about being young and doing whatever the hell you want. SWS fans everywhere were all about misdirected anger and screaming “WE’RE GONNA DO WHAT WE WANT” loudly along with former unclean vocalist Jesse Lawson.
4. ‘Stomach Tied In Knots’ – Sleeping With Sirens don’t just shine in punchy post-hardcore tunes. The band is also extremely skilled in beautiful acoustic numbers. This melancholy love song from If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack is a subtle, tuneful reminder of a simpler 2012.
5. ‘Big Gulps Huh?… Well, See You Later’ – We’re not the pretentious “oh, you haven’t heard their early stuff?” kind, but we just really had to give a shoutout to this early SWS track because it is one we are still hoping they will re-release. Check it out. It’s a banger!
6. ‘Heroine’ – Not exactly a classic SWS track (it only came out in 2015) but a brilliant song nonetheless. ‘Heroine’ is one of the many songs on Madness that helps highlight that SWS are making their own rules in this whole genre thing, and we really dig it. The ambient track is practically morphine set to music. SWS do an incredible job of combining interesting, atmospheric instrumentation with Kellin Quinn’s soft, soothing vocals.