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Sleeping With Sirens to Release Acoustic Album on June 26th

June 12th, 2012 by Megan Washington

The pop infused rock band, Sleeping With Sirens, will be releasing their acoustic album, If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack, on June 26th via Rise Records. Produced by Mark Trombino (Jimmy Eat World, Finch, Blink-182), the result was five rich, stripped-down cuts loosely presented in the structure of a film, with each song title starting with a scene number.

Featuring three new cuts as well as two previously recorded songs radically re-arranged for the acoustic setting, the EP showcases the group in a different venue than their usual, high-volume environment, while also giving new subtlety to the re-recorded tracks. Sleeping With Sirens are famous for their informal acoustic shows-usually performed outside venues for fans after gigs-and now that magic has been captured for listeners everywhere to enjoy.

“We wanted to put out a record you can listen to while chilling at night and kind of winding down, or while doing your homework, or if you want to have some quality time with your girl or your guy. We wanted to give fans an album to listen to then, instead of just something that’s always in your face and heavy,” explains vocalist Kellin Quinn. “We don’t want our band to be defined to a certain sound or theme; we want to be able to dabble in everything and accomplish different styles of music. This acoustic album was a way for us to grow up and show people that.”

Sleeping With Sirens-which also includes guitarists Jesse Lawson and Jack Fowler, bassist Justin Hills and drummer Gabe Barham-was formed in 2009 by ex-members of bands For All We Know, Broadway and We Are Defiance. The Grand Rapids, Michigan-based group’s first album for Rise Records, With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear, debuted in March 2010 at #7 on Billboard’s “Top Heatseekers” chart, and at #36 on “Top Independent Albums.” Guitarists Nick Trombino and Brandon McMaster departed after the album, and were later replaced by Lawson and Fowler, who first appeared on the retooled band’s second album, Let’s Cheers To This. Released in May 2011, the record peaked at #78 on Billboard’s “Top 200” chart, as well as #13 on “Top Independent Albums” and #5 in “Hard Rock.” The band has toured extensively, sharing stages with fellow scene stalwarts like We Came As Romans, Falling In Reverse, Alesana, A Skylit Drive, Blessthefall, Emmure, For All Those Sleeping and Motionless In White.

Quinn utilizes the moody, dynamic textures of If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack to reach new heights of lyrical depth and intimacy, tackling topics like love and relationships with a more nuanced approach than past recordings. The constant amorous tug-of-war that most couples inevitably face is given particular emphasis in the previously unreleased “Scene Four: Don’t You Ever Forget About Me.” Fans will also be pleasantly surprised by the two stripped-down rearrangements of prior recordings that appear on If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack. Both “With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear” and “James Dean & Audrey Hepburn” take on a new life on the EP, and in the process, convey entirely different emotions as acoustic recordings. Quinn says the new version of “James Dean & Audrey Hepburn” which was written in a moment of homesickness, is even more powerful than the original.

The remainder of 2012 and all of 2013 promise to hold even more exciting new developments for Sleeping With Sirens, who were just featured on the cover of the June 2012 issue of Alternative Press Magazine, starting with the band’s first-ever run on the entire Vans Warped Tour this summer. After more touring in the fall, the group also plans to head into the studio in winter 2013 to begin work on their forthcoming third full-length. Until then, If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack will serve as the latest reminder of the dazzling directions in which Sleeping With Sirens are headed.

“Get excited for 2013: There are a lot of big things coming, and this acoustic album’s something to tide you over. Listen to it and enjoy,” says Quinn. “Get ready for the new [full-length] record, because it’s going to be insane. It’s going to be the best thing we’ve ever done. We’re going to go 100% into next year. We’re excited for our band, and our fans, to be part of it. We’re making music that is still going to be the Sleeping with Sirens that everyone loves, but we’re definitely also growing and maturing. We’re always moving toward bigger and better.”

Sleeping With Sirens will release If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack on June 26th.

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Track Listing:

01. Scene One – James Dean & Audrey Hepburn
02. Scene Two – Roger Rabbit
03. Scene Three – Stomach Tied in Knots
04. Scene Four – Don’t You Ever Forget About Me
05. Scene Five – With Ears To See and Eyes To Hear

Vans Warped Tour Dates:

June 16 Salt Lake City, UT UT State Fairpark
June 17 Denver, CO Sports Authority Field @ Mile High
June 20 Las Vegas, NV Luxor Hotel Parking Lot
June 21 Irvine, CA Orange County Great Park
June 22 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
June 23 San Francisco, CA AT & T Park Lot A
June 24 Ventura, CA Ventura County Fair
June 27 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
June 28 Glendale, AZ Camelback Ranch
June 29 Las Cruces, NM NMSU Practice Field
June 30 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
July 1 Houston, TX Reliant Center Parking Lot
July 3 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
July 5 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 6 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
July 7 Tinley Park, IL 1st Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 8 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
July 9 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre
July 10 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
July 11 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
July 12 Burgettstown, PA 1st Niagara Pavilion
July 13 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
July 14 Montreal, QC Parc Jean – Drapeau
July 15 Toronto, ON The Flats At Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 17 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
July 18 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
July 19 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
July 20 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
July 21 Uniondale, NY Nassau Vets Memorial Coliseum
July 22 Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
July 24 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
July 25 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live
July 26 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre @ Lakewood
July 27 Orlando, FL Central Florida Fairgrounds
July 28 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
July 29 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
July 30 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 31 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
August 1 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
August 4 Redmond, WA King County’s Marymoor Park
August 5 Portland, OR Rose Quarter Riverfront