Sleeping with Sirens


I would like to preface this review with a warning: I am a total Kellin Quinn fangirl. This may or may not skew my opinion of this album. If you’re familiar with Sleeping With Sirens’ previous two studio albums, you probably anticipated that the third album would either be harder/heavier, or go more pop from their post-hardcore/pop-punk roots. Depending on your personal preference, either one could result in either a “Yippy!” or a “OMG… F!!! WHY!?”

The Vans Warped tour brings together many musicians from different genres at times leading to unexpected collaborations between the artists. One such collaboration that was born out of Warped Tour is between post-hardcore band Sleeping With Sirens and critically acclaimed rapper Machine Gun Kelly. On May 20th, Sleeping with Sirens released their song “Alone” featuring the Cleveland rapper. The song was recorded for their newest release, Feel, and is a perfect example of how Sleeping With Sirens are expanding their musical sound and evolving as a band.

On July 15th, the Warped Tour stopped by Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre. The venue was filled with tons of kids eager to see and meet their favorite bands. One of the most popular sets of the night was Sleeping With Sirens, who played the Kia Soul main stage at 8:40 pm. Before the set, I got a chance to talk to guitarist Jesse Lawson about playing the Warped Tour, their recently released acoustic EP, his favourite rappers and his reaction to the Tupac hologram performance.