September 07 2017, 4:30 PM EDT By Jordan Toney for AP Magazine
Featured Photo by: Sleeping with Sirens/YouTube
Sleeping with Sirens drummer Gabe Barham talked about the band’s new album Gossip along with what it’s like been working with producer David Bendeth.
So far, we’ve heard four different singles from the band’s upcoming sixth album, Gossip, and we truly can’t get enough. In fact, it seems that the entire world can’t get enough as Team USA officially announced in July the selection of “Legends” as their song on the road to the Winter Olympics.
“We’re super proud of it. When I got the phone call, I called my mom immediately and I was like tearing up on the phone,” said Barham.
Barham also talked about the sound of the new record and how some of their new music is “a little bit more edgy.”
“I think that we’re going to gain a lot of new fans, we have some stuff on this record that’s a little bit more edgy, a little bit more rocky. There’s a couple of songs like that for the older fans, but really we pushed towards what we’re naturally drawn to.”
The band’s forthcoming album, Gossip, is due out September 22, and is available for preorder here.
Alt Press caught up with Vocalist Kellin Quinn and guitarist Jack Fowler to talk more about the new album, describing it as both dark in both sound and lyrical content. But like all things, darkness has its natural opposite, and that’s an element that SWS never forget to include in their songwriting.
“I think [it’s about] being lost and then finding hope,” Quinn says. “It’s a dark record. It sounds dark, but there’s a hopefulness in everything. That’s always something I’ve tried to do as a vocalist. When I write about a sad topic, I always want there to be a light at the end of the tunnel.”
They explain that creating their fifth album has both lifted them up and grounded them, explaining that what fans will hear of them on this album is a more true representation of Sleeping With Sirens.
“I think we’re a completely different band as opposed to the last time you saw us,” Fowler revealed. “If you see us on this record [cycle], you’re gonna have the best night of your life and the best show [from] our band. It’s gonna make you dance, it’s gonna make you cry.”
It appears that working with producer David Bendeth has had a big impact on not only the band but on Barham as well.
“He’s the type of guy that really likes to break you down in order to build you up. He has me to a point where I want to smash my drums and just say, fuck it, I’m done. He pushed me to that point, I went outside for some fresh air, and he comes out and talks to me ‘You know what I did there? I had to bury you, I had to get you to your lowest point and now you’re going to crush it,’ and that’s really what happened.”
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