Review Summary: Dance Gavin Dance with a sexier (and more prepubescent) singer.
There are so many things about this band that just scream
STAY AWAY. The thing one notices first is the name. Sleeping With Sirens sounds like scene bull*** already. For those who are brave enough to listen to a tune or two, they’ll hear the almost prepubescent vocals of Kellin Quinn. And, if they really listen, they might hear a backing band.
Plainly and simply, Sleeping With Sirens is vocal masturbation almost on par with Jonny Craig era Dance Gavin Dance. If you love Dance Gavin Dance, you can stop reading here, as you’ll probably also love this. But what if you don’t love DGD?
Well, you’re not going to enjoy this record whatsoever. The rest of the band members don’t do anything to make themselves stand out, and in fact are mixed far lower than Kellin. The bass is entirely inaudible, and the drums don’t deviate from the standard pattern at all. The guitars have some generic chord progressions and safe (but also quite generic) post-hardcore riffing.
However, Kellin’s vocals are an excellent reason to love this band. Sure, he sounds like his balls haven’t dropped, but his voice is powerful and slightly less
whiny than most of his peers. Also, his melodies are quite catchy, and definitely worth listening to. His lyrics, however, leave a bit to be desired. His ballads fit the standard heartfelt “*** you” or “I ***ing love you” that all Rise Records bands seem to sing. Many of the songs are also very repetitive.
One final google search sums up the band, after taking a good look at them. They’re the exact same cookie cutter band that Rise Records has been signing since its inception. After a second look at Kellin (What? he’s hot, you do have to admit.) I’m thoroughly convinced that being a scene god is a requirement to getting signed with Rise. No matter how much crap I give this band, though, Kellin’s voice makes them worthy of the occasional play.