If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack - Sleeping With Sirens
Summary: Sleeping With Sirens takes a step away from the norm in this acoustic Movie script themed EP that should leave SWS fans wanting more.
Sleeping with Sirens is a five-piece band originally from Orlando, Florida. They are currently signed to Rise Records and have always had a special place in the current music scene because of their unique sound and lyrics contributed by the likes of vocalist Kellin Quinn. Whose unique vocal prowess compared to the likes of Craig Owens (Chiodos, D.R.U.G.S), and Vic Fuentes (Pierce the Veil) contrasting with some back up screams creates a very catchy pop sound with elegantly placed moments of discord with the type of lyrics that make you feel all warm inside or reminisce about how much you hate an ex. On their third release a five song EP titled If You Were a Movie, Then This Would Be your Soundtrack this formula has been changed a little bit but still retains the classic tone of SWS that we all know and love.
With this EP they decided to take a step away from the norm, first by making it a completely acoustic EP, as well as putting it in the format of a movie. The EP contains three songs that were already on With Ears To See and Eyes to Hear (their first album) . Scene one – James Dean and Audrey Hepburn, and Scene Five – With Ears to See and Eyes to hear really show off Kellin’s ability to change the rhythm and the mood of the song to adjust to the mellow mood created on this EP. While scene three – Stomach Tied in Knots is a re-done B-side from Let’s Cheers to This; while the remaining songs on the EP are new.
Likes: Almost every song has something different about it while retaining the classic SWS sound. Scene three- Stomach Tied in knots – While being very close to the original B-side I do enjoy the group chant they have added to the end of the song. Scene Four – Don’t you ever forget about me another new song. An extremely catchy song with some country and folk parts, which can be heard in the intro and chorus, is probably one of my favorite songs on the EP. Scenes One and Scene Five, which I have previously mentioned, are wonderful new takes on the former songs. Kellin’s voice is well complimented by the instrumentals on this EP, and shows off his Soprano voice with soaring highs and lows, which are still pretty high.
Recommended songs: Scene One – James Dean and Audrey Hepburn, Scene Four – Don’t you ever forget about me, Scene Five – With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear.
Dislikes: I really would have liked to hear some new material, besides some takes on old songs. There are only two new songs however I do realize this is a lot to ask of an EP. I would have been okay with waiting for some of the covers for a larger opportunity to see where Sleeping With Sirens is going musically. Previously I mentioned that warm inside feeling they deliver with their lyrics that I liked, however, I also find some of their lyrics to be quite corny — for example the beginning of Roger Rabbit.
Overall- Sleeping With Sirens is definitely a band worth checking out. If you enjoyed their first two releases, you will enjoy this EP.
Review by Harris Nguyen, guest reviewer for Two Senses
*Ethan edit: a commenter pointed out we got the name of their first album wrong. I changed it*