No I'm not talking about basketball, I'm talking Sleeping With Sirens new album Madness. I took a little time in my last blog to talk about them, but now here's one dedicated to just them. This is going to be a full blow rant, so read at your own risk. WARNING: I'm highly opinionated, so let the complaining begin!
There are lots of reasons I've lost confidence in this band. Over the past two or so years, they've gone through a lineup change, and an overall sound change. I'll say this though, they're live shows haven't lost any of their energy. Somehow they manage to make less than awesome songs the kind you want to sing along with and jump up and down. Maybe it's the atmosphere or Kellin's stage presence, who knows. I'm just glad that aspect of the band hasn't gone yet.
Now let me say first off, I'm not a fan of the artwork for their new album. It's... well go google it. I'm just not a big fan of band's who put themselves on the cover of their albums (I'm sorry Paramore). Second, I'm not sure how excited I should be for this album. SWS have been known to pump out music faster than you can pop a Tic Tac, which isn't necessarily a good thing. I mean look at their previous album, Feel. It, in my opinion, reeked of their record company's greed. They lost their signature sound, post hardcore gold with Kellin's oh so sweet voice, in favor of something more radio friendly and manufactured. A year and a half later they're releasing another full length.
Sometimes it's good to slow down and take the time to write something amazing, even if it takes two or three years. My slogan for music quality over quantity. In the six or so years SWS has been on the map, they've released 4 full lengths an one EP. Compared to their close friends, Pierce the Veil, who have released 3 (soon to be 4) albums, a string of music videos and one DVD in about 9 years. And while their first album was pretty average, everything else they've done is amazing. Paramore's been on the map since 2005, and in that time they've released 4 albums, two live albums, a couple of EPs, and their box set the Singles Club. I don't count live albums or their EPs as anything new though because they're full of live songs, acoustic versions or covers.
It's sad when you look at Sleeping With Siren's old stuff, which, again in my opinion, was much better. Their previous two albums, With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear, and Let's Cheers To This, weren't over loaded with half assed collaborations (Though I do like the guitar in Congratulations, the lyrical content is pretty generic), and weren't full of boring instrumentals. Yes they were released back to back, but there must have been something going on behind the scenes because they were incredible. Songs like Do It Now, Remember It Later, A Trophy Father's Trophy Son, The Bomb Dot Com v2.0, and the title track from their debut highlight some of the better work the band's done.
I know that a band is a business, but at this point I feel like it's all for the fangirls and the money. But anyways, I guess my bitching is done, so I'll sign off. Thanks for bothering to read this, or whatever.