Sleeping with Sirens Formally Announce Acoustic Album

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Sleeping with Sirens’ acoustic album will be heading our way this spring. On Friday (Feb. 19), as promised by the band, the group formally announced the release of their upcoming, acoustic album. The record, as it was reported earlier in the week, will be titled Live and Unplugged. The record is set to be released on April 8 through Epitaph Records.

Currently, pre-orders for the album are available on the band’s website. Those who pre-order the record now, will receive an instant download of the  acoustic version of “Gold” as well as “a second grat download” on March 11.

Each of the songs that will be featured on the album were recorded during the band’s “We Like it Quiet Acoustic Tour” which took place last fall. “Our live dynamic is very different (in a good way) compared to our studio sound,” explained frontman Kellin Quinn. “We wanted to give our fans a live experience that they could relive at home over and over! Very proud of this album.”

Check out the track list for Live and Unplugged below which features the acoustic version of “Gold” as well as “Who Are You Now” and a cover of Sublime’s “Santeria” which Quinn had teased last month on Instagram.

LIVE AND UNPLUGGED TRACK LIST:

1. “With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear”
2. “If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey”
3. “Gold”
4. “The Strays”
5. “Free Now”
6. “Who Are You Now”
7. “Go Go Go”
8. “Santeria”
9. “Save Me A Spark”
10. “Iris”
11. “If You Can’t Hang”

Sleeping with Sirens Release Acoustic Music Video for “Gold”

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It’s been a week or so since Sleeping with Sirens frontman Kellin Quinn all but confirmed that the Orlando-based band would be releasing an acoustic album some time this year. Last week, the group confirmed the information when they released an acoustic music video for their track, “Gold.” The studio version of the track is featured on the band’s recently released album, Madness. The video features the band performing the song acoustically in front of an intimate audience while clips of them behind-the-scenes are interwoven with the live performance. Watch the music video below.

Currently, the only confirmed information for the acoustic album is its title, Live and Unplugged. Aside from that, it looks like an acoustic version of “Who Are You Now” from 2011’s Let’s Cheer to This and a cover of Sublime’s “Santeria” might make it onto the album. One thing is for sure, the band promises that more information will be unveiled this Friday, Feb. 19.

Last week, Quinn took to Periscope for a chat with fans. During the chat, he revealed that the band is already beginning the early stages of a creating a new album. In the chat, he also revealed that the sound of the new material will be different from what fans have gotten used to. “It’s definitely going to be focused on us re-branding and thinking about our music in terms of what we really want to do with it,” explained Quinn. “I think when you’re making music and you’re expected to do certain things with your band, you kinda lose your touch and your focus. I definitely think this record is us getting back to who we are; getting back to concentrating on the music itself.”

Sleeping with Sirens Frontman Gives Update on New Album

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Sleeping with Sirens released their new album, Madness last summer, but now it’s looking like they’re ready to get back into the studio for a follow-up. On Sunday (Feb. 7), SWS frontman Kellin Quinn hosted a Periscope chat with his fans. During the chat, he updated fans about the group’s still-in-the-works new album. As it turns out, it’s going to be the band’s attempt to go back to their roots or as Quinn said, them “getting back to who we are.”

“It’s definitely going to be focused on us re-branding and thinking about our music in terms of what we really want to do with it,” explained Quinn. “I think when you’re making music and you’re expected to do certain things with your band, you kinda lose your touch and your focus. I definitely think this record is us getting back to who we are; getting back to concentrating on the music itself.”

He continued, “It’s definitely very, very opening, and probably the most personal record I’ve ever wrote.” Last month, Quinn has taken to Instagram to post snippets of two acoustic songs. One of the songs was “Who Are You Now” from the band’s 2011 release, Let’s Cheer to This, while in the second video was a cover of Sublime’s “Santeria.” According to the group, they will be releasing an acoustic record some time this year. The acoustic album announcement came a few months after they wrapped up their “We Like it Quiet Acoustic Tour.”

Sleeping with Sirens Frontman Teases Acoustic Album

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Sleeping with Sirens’ 2015 was one for the books. They released their fourth studio album, went out on a couple of tour with several of our favorite bands like Pierce the Veil and All Time Low, and now, it looks like their 2016 will be following in suit. Taking to Instagram, frontman Kellin Quinn recently posted two snippets of acoustic songs. In one video, the band is performing “Who Are You Now” from 2011’s Let’s Cheer to This, while in the second video, they are heard covering Sublime’s massive hit, “Santeria.”

In the captions for both, the singer wrote “#acousticalbum.” An acoustic album would be a logical path for the band since their final tour of 2015 was the “We Like It Quiet Tour” which found the Florida-based band performing their songs acoustically. Perhaps the acoustic tour was just a teaser as to what to expect. Check out both of Quinn’s videos below.

#acousticalbum coming soon 😍👍😎

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#acousticalbum last teaser.. So so excited!

A video posted by Kellin Quinn (@kellinquinn) on

Sleeping with Sirens will once again hit the road in February. The group will begin their European tour on Feb. 19 in Amsterdam at the Melkweg. It will them conclude a few weeks later on March 6 in London at the Roundhouse. The tour will be in support of their recently released album, Madness. Madness was released last spring through Epitaph Records.

Former Sleeping with Sirens Guitarist Explains Departure

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It’s been two years since Jesse Lawson announced that he, and Sleeping with Sirens, were parting ways. At the time of his departure, he revealed that he wanted to spend more time with his family and focus on a new musical venture and that there was no bad blood between the former bandmates. Now, Lawson has revealed the real reason behind his departed, and no, it’s not at all dramatic.

Heading over to the BadChristian podcast, which is produced by Emery’s Toby Morrell and Matt Carter as well as former bassist Joey Svendsen, Lawson revealed that his heart just wasn’t in it anymore. A valid and honest reason.

“My heart just … wasn’t in it anymore,” he explained. “It’s so weird because you have all these other bands who are like, ‘You’re crazy. You play these huge shows. You would be insane to not stick that out.’ But the thing was, my heart just stopped vibing with it; the music at times, the lifestyle at times, the people at times.”

but if that last comment made it seem like there some “shade” being thrown at the members of Sleeping with Sirens, Lawson quickly nips that in the bud.

“And that’s not saying the Sirens guys were assholes or anything. I mean, I’d be lying if I said that we didn’t get in fights. Any band who says they don’t get in fights are lying—you do get in fights. You’re brothers, essentially, and you’re around those people all the time. So it wasn’t necessarily that, I just stopped… believing in it.”

Apparently, not believing anymore wasn’t the only thing that was wearing him down. Lawson even admits that the green-eyed monster even showed up, especially when it began to become the “Kellin Quinn Show.”

“When I started to kinda get pushed away [and had] a bad taste in my mouth with the band, it was just so much like… the Kellin show,” he told the podcast. “And that’s nothing that he did on purpose; that’s nothing that he could choose, that’s just how it went.”

Listen to the complete podcast below.

But even without Sleeping with Sirens, Lawson has moved on. The musician released his first solo single, “August 5th” earlier this month. The song is taken off of his solo EP, Projections, which is currently out on iTunes.

Sleeping with Sirens Go ‘American Horror Story’ in “Better Off Dead”

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Six months after the release of their fourth studio album, Sleeping with Sirens has returned with a new music video for one of the tracks featured on Madness. The music video is for the song “Better Off Dead” which finds the Orlando-based band playing inside what appears to be a haunted house. The video begins with a woman going into the house that, according to a newspaper, is slated to be condemned. Lets just say, it feels like something you might see (or have seen) on Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story.

Once the main character enters the house, things seem to go bump in the night (or day) as she begins to feel creepy crawlies possess the house. First she spots a long-haired person similar to the girl from The Ring in the bathtub. Then, a creepy hand reaches out from the dark and touches her shoulder. But if that wasn’t enough, the door to the basement just conveniently opens behind her while she gets possessed by spirits.

After enduring all the creepiness, the character does exactly what any sane person would do; get the hell out of the house.

All we have to say is, thanks for the Halloween gift a month early, guys.

Check out the music video for “Better Off Dead” below.

“Better Off Dead” is featured on Sleeping with Sirens recently released album Madness which was released in March. In support of the album, the group headed out on two back to back tours; an acoustic North American tour back in June and a Latin American tour in August.

All Time Low Announce ‘Back to the Future Hearts’ Tour

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Time to get those future hearts beating again, Hustlers, because All Time Low have announced they will be heading out on another tour this Fall.

The band, who recently wrapped up the European leg of their ‘Future Hearts Tour’ revealed they will be returning to the United States for another trek beginning in early October.

The tour, which will feature support from Sleeping with Sirens and Japanese rock band, One Ok Rock, will begin on Oct. 9 at the CFE Arena at UCF in Orlando (Sleeping with Sirens’ hometown) and then wrap up a month and a half later on Nov. 24 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The complete list of tour dates can be seen below.

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‘BACK TO THE FUTURE HEARTS’ TOUR DATES:

Oct. 09 – Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena at UCF
Oct. 10 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Oct. 11 – Charlotte, NC @ Uptown Amphitheatre
Oct. 13 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
Oct. 15 – Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
Oct. 16 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center
Oct. 17 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
Oct. 18 – San Antonio, TX @ Sunken Garden Theater
Oct. 20 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Exposition Hall
Oct. 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Oct. 26 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
Oct. 28 – Kent, WA @ ShoWare Center
Oct. 30 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Oct. 31 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Center
Nov. 01 – Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
Nov. 02 – Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
Nov. 04 – Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
Nov. 05 – Hoffman Estates, IL @ Sears Centre
Nov. 06 – Ypsilanti, MI @ EMU Convocation Center
Nov. 10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Nov. 11 – St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
Nov. 13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Deltaplex
Nov. 14 – Highland Heights, KY @ Bank of Kentucky Center
Nov. 16 – Washington, DC @ Echostage
Nov. 18 – Syracuse, NY @ The Oncenter Convention Center
Nov. 19 – Lowell, MA @ The Tsongas Center
Nov. 20 – Wallingford, CT @ Oakdale Theatre
Nov. 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Liacouras Center
Nov. 24 – New York, NY @ The Theater at Madison Square Garden

This tour, much like All Time Low’s previous North American trek, is in support of their recently released record, Future Hearts.

Sleeping with Sirens, in a similar move, also just wrapped up a tour of their own; their acoustic ‘We Like it Loud Quiet Acoustic Tour’ which was in support of their recently released record, Madness.

Tickets for the Fall tour stops will go on general sale beginning Friday, July 10. For those who are part of ATL’s Hustlers, pre-sale will begin tomorrow, July 8, at noon, local time.

Sleeping with Sirens to Tour Latin America in the Fall

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After a successful co-headlining world tour with Pierce the Veil last year as well as part of this year and a successful acoustic tour this past Spring, Sleeping with Sirens have announced they will be taking the show to Latin America this Fall.

The tour will find the Orlando based band in Latin America beginning on Aug. 11 at the Bar Opiniao in Porto Alegre in Brazil.

The tour will then wrap up a little over a week later at the C3 Stage in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Check out the complete list of “Madness Latin America Tour” dates below.

MADNESS LATIN AMERICA TOUR DATES:

Aug. 11 – Porto Alegre, Brazil @ Bar Opiniao
Aug. 12 – Curitiba, Brazil @ Music Hall
Aug. 15 – Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Carioca Club
Aug. 16 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Circo Voador
Aug. 18 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Groove
Aug. 20 – Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Cariola
Aug. 22 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Pabellon Oeste del Palacio de los Deportes
Aug. 23 – Guadalajara, Mexico @ C3 Stage

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Sleeping with Sirens wrapped up their “We Like it Loud Quiet Acoustic Tour” with The Summer Set and Nick Santino earlier this week (June 22).

Guitar Hero Live Reveal First Batch of Song Titles

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Last month, Activision revealed that after a five-year hiatus, they would be bringing back their Guitar Hero franchise from the dead with several changes including a more realistic controller, a first-person perspective on the game, and a more modern tracklist as opposed to the classic rock tracks of the past.

As part of their promotion for the new game, set to be released this Fall, the company unveiled 24 songs (and their rightful musicians) from the upcoming game. According to Rolling Stone, this first batch of song titles is just part of a weekly roll out that will eventually includes hundreds of song titles.

The songs from this batch include Ed Sheeran’s “Sing,” Pierce the Veil’s “King for a Day” featuring Sleeping with Sirens’ frontman Kellin Quinn, The Killers’ “When You Were Young” as well as Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up),” and My Chemical Romance’s “Na Na Na.”

The latter should not come as a surprise, since Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz and former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way were on hand during the unveiling back in April.

Check out the list below.

GUITAR HERO LIVE SONG LIST (BATCH 1):

The Black Keys, “Gold on the Ceiling”
Blitz Kids, “Sometimes”
Ed Sheeran, “Sing”
Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”
Gary Clark, Jr., “Don’t Owe You a Thang”
Green Day, “Nuclear Family”
The Killers, “When You Were Young”
The Lumineers, “Ho Hey”
My Chemical Romance, “Na Na Na”
Pierce the Veil, “King for a Day (feat. Kellin Quinn)”
The Rolling Stones, “Paint it Black”
Skrillex, “Bangarang”
The War on Drugs, “Under the Pressure”
Black Veil Brides, “In The End”
Rage Against the Machine, “Guerrilla Radio”
Judas Priest, “Breaking the Law”
Pantera, “Cowboys From Hell”
Sleigh Bells, “Bitter Rivals”
System of a Down, “Chop Suey!”
Alter Bridge, “Cry of Achilles”
Alt-J, “Left Hand Free”
Broken Bells, “Leave It Alone”
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Higher Ground”
The Pretty Reckless – “Going to Hell”

Sleeping with Sirens Unleash “The Strays” Music Video

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While Sleeping with Sirens were in the middle of their iHeartRadio social media takeover, the band called their fans to assemble to unlock the music video for one of their new songs, “The Strays.”

In no time at all, the fans managed to unlock the video which can be seen below.

The music video features the band walking around a town gathering the “troublesome” teenagers in town who are doing what kids do best; hanging out at junkyards, getting in trouble with police officers, setting things on fire, and making out with their significant others in the rain.

One by one, the troublesome teens begin to join the band as they make their way through the town until they reach an area where all their instruments are set up to put on a show.

We’re not sure how their instruments are just conveniently there, but we’ll say it was some “movie magic” or “music video magic” in this case.

“The Strays” is taken off of the Orlando-based band’s recently released album Madness which was released in March through Epitaph Records.

Sleeping with Sirens will be heading out on tour again in June for their “We Like it Quiet Acoustic Tour” with The Summer Set and Nick Santino, formerly of Rocket to the Moon.

Tour dates can be seen here.