Following the release of last year’s sophomore full-length ‘Let’s Cheers To This’, post-hardcore outfit Sleeping With Sirens have almost quite literally sky rocketed up the popularity ladder. Bringing with them near anthemic choruses that can loop around your head for days after, all with a little rough edge from time-to-time, it was this combined with frontman Kellin Quinn‘s impressive vocal range that helped to create their success.
Now, here to show their melodic side in its full potential glory, SWS proudly release upon us their acoustic offering, ‘If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack’. As expected, the EP truly demonstrates to sheer talent that Kellin holds with his voice. What at times can be clouded by the buzzing distortion and driving bass can now reveal its full potential with a few layers stripped back. The acoustic reworkings of older tracks of ‘If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn’ (retitled to simply ‘James Dean & Audrey Hepburn’ for the EP) and ‘With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear’ of course displays this comparison at its strongest.
Fresh offerings such as ‘Don’t You Ever Forget About Me’ reminds us however that this isn’t simply just a marketing ploy to keep the fans happy between albums. Their new tracks in this acoustic setting keeps fans on the tips of their toes for some new material, and ‘Roger Rabbit’ exposes a R&B-esque side to the band, Kellin ringing the track in with “Is there a right way for how this goes? You got your friends and you got your hoes” and, ultimately, stands as one of the catchier tracks in the band’s catalogue.
Both existing fans and those interested in giving Sleeping With Sirens a shot could do much worse than heading straight for this EP. The band have successfully proved to the world that even behind the huge sound coming from the amps, the pulsing basslines and relentless drum work, their melodic core is something worth ingesting. True mainstays in the post-hardcore scene.
Written by Zach Redrup