The Sleeping
Question & Answers


3.0
good

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
July 28th, 2006 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


When was the last time the mainstream section of Victory Records released a groundbreaking, original or even, come to think of it, good CD. Being one of the flagship labels in "scene music" or as Rolling stone likes to call it "screamo" (though we all know that isn't true) Victory, ever since signing some of the first bands in the genre to make it big (Thursday, Taking Back Sunday) have followed the same pattern ever since. Almost all of their Pop-Punk/Post Hardcore bands are interchangeable. Victory has been signing bands like June and The Audition, who both make Taking Back Sunday-esque MySpace ready Pop-Punk ever since Taking Back Sunday made "Tell All Your Friends" their mega-popular, mega-good debut. Victory's newest hope at a new Taking Back Sunday/Thursday/Hawthorne Heights is a young band named The Sleeping. Something is different about The Sleeping though. Maybe it's that the Sleeping has a good band name. No, that's not it. Maybe it's that you actually hear the bass in The Sleeping's songs. That's not it either. Maybe it's that The Sleeping aren't horrible un-original, they aren't terrible and their singer doesn’t have a high flimsy whine for a voice.

Yeah, that sounds about right.

The Sleeping is..
Joseph Zizzo - drums & percussion
Douglas Robinson - vocals
Salvatore Mignano - bass guitar
Cameron Keym - guitars & keyboard

Granted, The Sleeping aren't entirely original. They take a lot of elements from Faux-Emo giants past. They scream at the emotional point, their guitarist plays a lot of muted distorted power chords and arpeggios and their drummer seems to worship the 'bass on one, snare on two' formula like a religion. (Of course even the most devote sin occasionally, like on the chorus to The Climb). The actual three members of The Sleeping who contribute to the instrumentation are quite good at what do, the guitarist, being the worst of the three, and the bassist being the best. The guitarist isn't anything special as far as the Post Hardcore scene goes; he's actually kind of bland. Most of the time he plays on a fairly standard, kind of aggravating, heavy on the mid, distortion tone. However, his best points come when he switches the over drive off, and plays a slightly affected clean tone on songs like The Big Breakdown and King of Hearts, the later of which features some nice electronic noodling and a giant "sing along" at the end.

The Sleeping's vocalist, Joseph Zizzo is a decent singer, nothing more, nothing less. In a time where you don't need to be able to sing well to sell records, Zizzo gets the job done. I would consider his voice to be a combination of the vocals from Thursday and Rise Against. He has a kind of almost whining quality but a deep, aggressive sounding voice, kind of like the vocalist in Say Anything. This makes the band sound all the more unique. The lyrics Zizzo sings manage not to sound whiny despite being about topics like heartbreak and love among others. His lyrics aren’t poetry, but they aren't Hawthorne Heights either. Usually he sings in easy to decipher metaphors and usually has a darker tint to the lyrics. An example from The Climb Follows
Quote:
Originally Posted by The Climb
Marching in time I hear them call,
"how could you?"
Exploding words penetrating walls.
"How could you?"
i'd rather burn in hell alone."How could you?"
i'd rather feel tourtured alone.
someone save me.
The bassist is a whole different story. For a long time it has been tradition for the guitar to always be louder than the bass in the final mix. The Sleeping, like the rebel son of the family breaks this tradition. The majority of the time he's louder than the guitarist, and playing a completely different part. His tone is fairly warm, but at times almost seems distorted or effected. His playing works well on the mellow tracks and the "rocking" tracks equally well. Sometimes it's nice to actually hear the bass part instead of only being able to vaguely recognize a rumbling under My Chemical Romance's (celebrity name drops ftw) power chords. The Sleeping break out of Victory's mold (if ever so slightly) and over all, it's a change for the better, seeing as their guitarist isn’t the greatest.

All in all The Sleeping's second album (first on Victory Records) Questions and Answers is not a bad record. Its semi-original, requires more than the knowledge of how to play a fifth on a guitar to play and lyrically decent. The biggest flaw other than the relatively simple (and kind of bad toned) guitar playing is that the album may get boring after a while. There isn't too much variation in the music, but all in all The Sleeping have produced a good album.

3/5

-Dan



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Cygnus Inter Anates
July 28th 2006


721 Comments


Victory Records is for gaytrons.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2006


17941 Comments


CRAZY SYMBOLS. I read it anyway, though, just because you're so damn cute.

The Jungler
July 28th 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks Chan.

Most of the symbols should be out, I'll finish up the last few later.

encmetalhead
July 28th 2006


744 Comments


meh another bad victory band

Cygnus Inter Anates
July 28th 2006


721 Comments


You're not a true Victory Records fan!

Lazybassplr56
July 28th 2006


27 Comments


Good review but terrible band.

encmetalhead
July 28th 2006


744 Comments


"You're not a true Victory Records fan!"

dude i dumped victory records a long time again my new mats are roadrunner and century media wOOt

Pyramidman
July 28th 2006


1340 Comments


i love this band and theyre sound
good reivew

encmetalhead
July 28th 2006


744 Comments


says the person with thursday in his username...

Pyramidman
July 28th 2006


1340 Comments


psshhh so what?
it shouldnt be a suprise then
now if i said i HATE THEM AND THEY SHOULD ALL DIE!!!

then you should be suprised

Laafe
July 28th 2006


347 Comments


one of my friends was raving about this band in january. i dont see the point in them. good review.

Two-Headed Boy
July 30th 2006


4527 Comments


I'm getting a cyber-crush on you. Get/add me to msn so we can talk about Pavement.
Good review, never heard the band though.

Victory Records is for gaytrons.

True.

The Jungler
July 31st 2006


4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm not quite sure how to get MSN, as I don't have it at the moment. Get AIM and I would be glad to discuss Malkmus and friends.

Pete
August 4th 2006


189 Comments


Victory Records sent me a free copy of BtBaM's "Alaska" once, so I kinda like them.

Then again, they sent me a Straylight Run album once, so I also kinda hate them.

NSYNCREGIME
August 11th 2006


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome band...Awesome review...hit the nail right on the head my man

Xximxnottheone
August 15th 2006


24 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review. good band. nuff said.

Pyramidman
August 15th 2006


1340 Comments


[quote]Then again, they sent me a Straylight Run album once, so I also kinda hate them.[/quote[


i hope its because the cd wasnt actually SR, but HH

cause straylight run is great

WhosEmo
April 12th 2007


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think this is a pretty gud band. I like song 4 and 10 alot. Victory went gay. They used to have some gud bbands, but they left.

BadReligionFTW
July 19th 2007


3 Comments


Caught these guys last night with A Day To Remember. They put on one hell of a show and this album rawks. Show some respect and don't align bands with labels, elitist assholes.

MisterBeefy
February 26th 2009


244 Comments


Hmmm...interesting



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