Sheffield’s While She Sleeps have just shared the extended cut of their documentary surrounding last year’s full-length album, ‘So What?’, showing the path to its creation.
The extended version initially premiered online last weekend, including a watch session with a live chat with their fans as it aired. The footage was filmed over seven months, and got condensed down into a short movie of close to an hour.
In December 2019, the band hosted two nights for a limited number of fans to watch this movie at their warehouse in Sheffield. Now, due to the current ongoing isolation situation, the band have decided to release the footage online to give their fans something to distract themselves with in these times.
The band’s guitarist/vocalist Mat Welsh had this to say of the documentary and the current global situation.
“We wanted to make this documentary to shed some light on the real world of Sleeps. We didn’t want to make something that made things look better or more glamorous than they really are. We just wanted a fly on the wall capturing the rollercoaster that is making an album. It’s a process that never comes easy for us, and ‘SO WHAT?’ was no exception.
We filmed for 7 months and, like with everything, it got condensed down into something that was digestable within a mere hour. So we thought it could be fun to make an extended version and show it to our fans at some kind of DIY movie night, hosted at our warehouse last December. The night was really special, there’s something beautiful about everyone watching something at the same time, experiencing the emotions together.
But those times of events and group gatherings seem like a world away, so we thought it could be cool to do this in a digital way, giving our fans something fun to look forward to. A means of being together while we’re all apart.”
You can stream and watch the full extended cut of the band’s ‘So What?’ documentary below.
The band’s fourth album, ‘So What?’, is available now through the band’s own label imprint, Sleeps Brothers.