September 6th Sleeping With Sirens released their latest record ‘How It Feels To Be Lost’. In many ways this record settles a new start for the band. It’s the first record they released through Sumerian Records. Kellin Quinn, the bands singer, struggled with depressions and alcoholism over the last years. For the new record though, he started over fresh.
“I let everything go,” Kellin admits. “I wasn’t being the leader I had always been. For the last few years, I was struggling with alcoholism, depression and anxiety. I didn’t know how to turn it around or what to do. Being on the road and touring as much as we did for Gossip was really hard on me. I didn’t know if I even had it in me to write another record or get on stage and perform. Something just happened one day. I woke up, called Jack and said, ‘Hey, I want to stop drinking. I want to go into a room and write the best record we’ve ever written’. Both of those things happened within a week.”
(source – www.sumerianrecords.com)
The billboard charts shortly after the release showed that they had definitely written a record their fans love. It reached #2 at Rock Albums and Hard Music Albums and #4 at Independent Albums and Alternative Albums.
A few days before the release of the album, the band broke the news, that they had parted ways with their long-time drummer Gabe Barham. So far no official replacement has been found.
In Summer 2019 Sleeping With Sirens announced the start of the touring cycle for their new record. Europe and UK have been the first countries to hear the new material live.
So, November 18th the band paid a visit to Munich. They brought two UK acts – Shvpes and Holding Absence and Palisades from the US with them on tour.
With three support acts, the show started a bit earlier than usual, at 7.30 pm. Holding Absence have only toured small clubs in Germany in 2019, while Shvpes have toured here on multiple occasions with bands like Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine, so they had access to a wider range of audience so far. Nevertheless, both bands played solid shows and surely made many new fans during this touring cycle.
Palisades have been known to a wider range of people. With over 150k followers on facebook they have been the most popular band upon the support acts. They had the audience’s attention from the get go with many singing along to their songs. This didn’t necessarily make them the better opening act though. Palisades are in the business almost as long as Sleeping With Sirens. They have four records to choose songs from, yet they decided to add a cover of a Linkin Park song. A pretty difficult task and they didn’t really do themselves a favor.
Unfortunately, we can’t provide you with any pictures of the three opening bands, because our permission to shoot the show was only for Sleeping With Sirens. Best way to get an idea of their live performance is to attend one of their shows, which I highly recommend.
On to the main act that night, Sleeping With Sirens. New label, new record, fresh start – Will the show be any different? Let me tell you – No! Sleeping With Sirens have a special bond with their fans. This was never broken, so with entering the stage to the first notes of ‘Leave It All Behind’ the audience was celebrating the band, singing along to the new songs as much as the old ones. Sleeping With Sirens played eight songs of the new record, which shows how much they identify with the new material. Tough the predecessor of HIFTBL, ‘Gossip’, had a few catchy songs, they didn’t play one track from that record. The whole band gave their all during the set, making special one on one connections with the people, performing their songs like they truly felt and meant what they sang. But that’s the way it’s supposed to be. That’s why the fans love the band and will always welcome them back.
Sleeping with Sirens just recently announced the ‘Medicine Tour’ through the US with Set It Off. It starts in January 2020. Make sure to catch the band live in a town near you!
Jan 8 – Lincoln, NE
Jan 10 – Chicago, IL
Jan 11 – Minneapolis, MN
Jan 12 – Lawrence, KS
Jan 14 – Denver, CO
Jan 15 – Salt Lake City, UT
Jan 17 – Las Vegas, NV
Jan 18 – San Francisco, CA
Jan 20 – Tucson, AZ
Jan 22 – Dallas, TX
Jan 23 – Houston, TX
Jan 25 – Atlanta, GA
Jan 26 – Nashville, TN
Jan 28 – Philadelphia, PA
Jan 30 – Sayreville, NJ
Jan 31 – Baltimore, MD
Feb 1 – Worcester, MA
Feb 4 – Albany, NY
Feb 5 – Toronto, ON
Feb 7 – Detroit, MI
Feb 8 – Grand Rapids, MI
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