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Pat Marquez 10/22/06 10:07 PM

Sleeping, The - Questions And Answers
 
The Sleeping is one of those bands that makes everything sound so good that once their music finds it’s way to your ears, you find yourself instantaneously looking up their tour dates to see when they hit your city next. This is big music, with big vocals, that hits you dead on. The Sleeping’s latest effort Questions And Answers is a fantastic example of the better up and coming bands that are starting to make their break. If you are looking for a band that makes excellent use of their musical gifts, this album is for you. It is nearly impossible to merely write this band off as another pop act. Anyone that is able to state this with an honest face has not checked these guys out and allowed themselves to actually sit down and enjoy this release. It is impossible to focus on anything besides the music, it grabs and holds you that promptly. As I try to review the album, I fumble over trying to highlight my favorite musician in the band. I am finding this tough not because there isn’t one that stands out, but because Cameron, Salvatore, Doug and Joseph come together to make one miraculous super group of talent. Chock full of anthems and perfectly executed break downs, Questions And Answers was created to make you move, and The Sleeping have once again completed what they set out to do. This album needs to be played loud. Open up your windows, and let this magnificent release from the four boys of New York give you chills.

Music that is able to change itself and evolve with progression always get more points in my book. My favorite part about Questions And Answers is the fact that with the succession of the album you find a lot of variation in the sound. As the listener takes on this album it is clear to see how The Sleeping were able to make the differences heard and felt through out the album -- they are simply that good at playing music. The technical guitar work is indescribable, I am in love with it. Doug’s vocals are emotional, raspy and I thoroughly enjoy feeling the rustiness in his vocals as he belts his lyrics. There is no “whiney” sound to his singing. The bass work, thanks to Salvatore, is vicious and pounding in sound, this is adding the much needed aggression to each of the songs. The percussion is a fantastic compliment to everything and makes this band complete. Like I previously stated, every member of this band excels and reaches new heights as the listener moves from song to song. The Sleeping also makes great use of keyboards and you will find yourself picking up on the atmospheric sounds through out the album.

Questions And Answers open extremely powerful with “Don’t Hold Back”. I have to admit that I have not heard an album in a very long time that has opened so well. This is the perfect first step into everything that only gets better and better as you continually listen. In the same fashion of this release, “Don’t Hold Back” builds up, continually getting better and finally falls into one of the best break downs found on Questions And Answers. The music is so remarkable that this is a song that commands to be heard more then once. The lyrics are positive and speaks about achieving your dreams and running with it. One of the most emotional songs on the album is “Heart Beatz”, which touches on the horrible accident that Bayside encountered. They wrecked their van and drummer John “Beatz” Houlihan passed away as a result of the terrible tragedy. The guitar work is very eerie and take full force of the song. On of my favorite tracks off the album “The Big Breakdown-Day 3(The Escape)” is the perfect example of how the album evolves and changes sound with each track. It opens up with strapping jazz influenced guitar work and the trademarked bass. Questions And Answers is a presentation of many different music aspects. If you are looking for prevailing vocals, emotional lyrics, crushing music, and comforting slower melodies, The Sleeping have created your album of the year.

No stranger to hard work, it is more then unambiguous that The Sleeping has crafted an album that literally took blood and tears to create. This is the anthem for achieving your dreams, losing your best friend to tragedy, gnashing your teeth with the status of your relationships, and drinking to much to drown the thoughts of everything that pisses you off. Questions And Answers was not written for you to sulk, please do not confuse them for the “heart on sleeve” types. The Sleeping wrote this album for you to get up and sing along and lose yourself at their shows. You can’t sit when you see these guys live, you run to the front and jump over each other to scream the lyrics as if these songs were written about your life.

Pat Marquez 10/22/06 10:22 PM

Wow, you guys found this fast. I see you lurkers. I wasn't planning on posting this till tomorrow morning.

Chris Fallon 10/22/06 10:53 PM

I don't think these dudes are too bad. I've only heard a couple tracks, but it sounds like I might like it.

Pat Marquez 10/22/06 11:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FallonRules (Post 4594495)
I don't think these dudes are too bad. I've only heard a couple tracks, but it sounds like I might like it.

It really is good man, you should check it out. Such a powerful release.

FaceLixeMurder 10/22/06 11:50 PM

First album is much better

Pat Marquez 10/22/06 11:53 PM

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Originally Posted by FaceLixeMurder (Post 4594774)
First album is much better

I personally like this one better, but to each their own!

Anton Djamoos 10/23/06 08:01 AM

If your heart was broken, you'd be dead.

Pat Marquez 10/23/06 08:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tonton46 (Post 4595482)
If your heart was broken, you'd be dead.

Haha, I love that line.

Steve Henderson 10/23/06 08:08 AM

Awesome live band.

Pat Marquez 10/23/06 08:10 AM

I haven't seen them yet .. I hope to soon.

GaryCondit 10/23/06 08:29 AM

The first album was a great introduction to this band...it was a strong release but it was flawed in areas. This album has sucked me in. It is easily, for me, the most addicting album of the year. I listen to it constantly. Something about Doug's voice is just so unique and great.

This band will be huge and rightfully so.

BORNONTHECUSP 10/23/06 08:40 AM

this album is amazing start to finish...the guitar work is so insane...one of my top 10 of 06

buysoap 10/23/06 08:50 AM

i reallyl ike this band, and i'm sad that a lot of people pass them by. they have some great tunes.

slamon 10/23/06 09:00 AM

this made me go and listen to the cd again, i saw them at SXSW and with bayside and they are absolutely amazing and they are a lot of fun to talk to

ugman_2000 10/23/06 09:12 AM

This Album is so good a mate copied it for me about a month ago and I can't stop playing it.

I wish I could of got to see them play over here in the UK with Bayside but due to no money i missed the :(

Hopefully they will be back soon.

Good review BTW

MPGirl 10/23/06 09:32 AM

One of the most honorable group of guys on the road. They deserve every bit of success in the world.

Julia Conny 10/23/06 09:41 AM

I was so blown away by this album. I thought the last one was lots of filler, but this one kept me interested all the way through.

Victory better push em or I going to be sad.

AEast317 10/23/06 10:17 AM

while i've never listened to their recordings, their live performance left much to be desired.

Roboman 10/23/06 10:24 AM

I missed these guys on the Nintendo Fusion Tour a couple weeks back because my friends were late, which kinda bummed me out...so I bought a t-shirt and this album to make up for it. To be honest, I've only listened to the first half or so, but that's because those songs are soo damn good...

xearlynovemberx 10/23/06 10:32 AM

Great reveiw, great band. Go Pat!

eversoinviting 10/23/06 10:48 AM

great review, i didn't know that heart beatz was about the tragedy with bayside

atticus1492 10/23/06 10:54 AM

i don't like this at all.

thexflamesxburn 10/23/06 10:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Steve Henderson (Post 4595527)
Awesome live band.

agreed. much better than live than on cd. personally im not the biggest fan of the album, but i still love going to their shows.

MPGirl 10/23/06 11:02 AM

Sal grew up with John Beatz Holohan, of Bayside.

Tom Good 10/23/06 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tonton46 (Post 4595482)
If your heart was broken, you'd be dead.


haha, that line is hilarious. Good review though man. I didn't check these guys out til after I saw them open for the fall of troy in boston. Good show and I picked up their first album. I will definitely check this out now, thanks!

leary0315 10/23/06 11:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Pat Marquez (Post 4595535)
I haven't seen them yet .. I hope to soon.



You sound like you love this band as much as i do. You really need to see them live. I was first introduced to this band at Bamboozle and i fell in love. I've seen them twice since then, and theyve been amazing every time. And they are one of the nicest bands, if not the nicest that ive ever met. They deserve all the success theyve gotten and they will only get bigger. NintendoFusion/Them beeing on Madden is huge for them. God i love this band. Great review by the way. I was hoping some mention of King of Hearts tho, but i figured when you were talking about the keys you were talking about that song. That song is my favorite ahah. Has anyone reviewed the first album?

tiff_taff 10/23/06 11:32 AM

Makes me want to listen to their album over and over again. Solid review.

bankrom 10/23/06 11:36 AM

i love this record.
it's particularly good when enjoyed in the car with the bass turned up.

tm decomposer 10/23/06 01:03 PM

awsome stage prestense

babyitsfact 10/23/06 01:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pat Marquez (Post 4595535)
I haven't seen them yet .. I hope to soon.


It's so worth it. Amazing show and really awesome dudes to hang with. They aren't like alot of bands where they act totally nice all the time to where it's almost fake, they just kinda remind me of dudes I'd hang out with at home, totally chill and ready to just hang out.

Pat Marquez 10/23/06 01:57 PM

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Originally Posted by tm decomposer (Post 4597282)
awsome stage prestense

Ya everyone keeps saying this, I need to check them out.

Pat Marquez 10/23/06 01:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by leary0315 (Post 4596669)
You sound like you love this band as much as i do. You really need to see them live. I was first introduced to this band at Bamboozle and i fell in love. I've seen them twice since then, and theyve been amazing every time. And they are one of the nicest bands, if not the nicest that ive ever met. They deserve all the success theyve gotten and they will only get bigger. NintendoFusion/Them beeing on Madden is huge for them. God i love this band. Great review by the way. I was hoping some mention of King of Hearts tho, but i figured when you were talking about the keys you were talking about that song. That song is my favorite ahah. Has anyone reviewed the first album?

No, I don't think so. I may try and see if I can.

Pat Marquez 10/23/06 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by atticus1492 (Post 4596382)
i don't like this at all.

Why is that?

iheartallie 10/23/06 02:06 PM

Wonderful review! So true to everything about this band. They are some of the sweetest most genuine dudes that I've ever met.

I love Believe What We Tell You, and I think it was a fantastic first album. Questions and Answeres blew me away, and I can't believe they were able to give me another never ending album that you just have to keep listening to over and over. Listen Close is probably my favorite off the new album, along with Heart Beatz.

I was introduced to this band in April while they were on tour with Bayside and I fell in love instantly. I love when you get to see a band live before you hear their album, and they make you fall in love with them. That is exactly what this band did for me.

Bayside is my favorite band of all time, and these dudes are not far behind them. If you get the chance to see these boys live, DO IT! They're one of my top 5 favorite bands to see live.

Also, I was informed that apparently they don't do "If Your Heart Was Broken, You Would Be Dead" live outside of the NY/NJ/CT area. So, if you live somewhere else and haven't heard it live - all you need to do is scream it out during the show and get the whole crowd to do it with you. The band will pick it up, and it's my favorite song live.

[Mike] 10/23/06 03:29 PM

This review is about 4 months overdue. :p

Branevember31 10/23/06 04:18 PM

ehh...its good but not a 9/10

saysmydoctor 10/23/06 04:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Julia Conny (Post 4595961)
I was so blown away by this album. I thought the last one was lots of filler, but this one kept me interested all the way through.

Victory better push em or I going to be sad.

Not likely.
Quote:

Originally Posted by Pat Marquez (Post 4597790)
Why is that?

I hate the vocals....

Pat Marquez 10/23/06 05:24 PM

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Originally Posted by xYourOpenHandx (Post 4599170)
Not likely.

I hate the vocals....

Ah I see. I am curious are you a fan of Say Anything? I feel like the vocals have a lot of the same sound. I don't know, I really like it for some reason.

Kyle Thrash 10/23/06 06:50 PM

im checking this shit out no dobut.

Pat Marquez 10/23/06 08:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BORNONTHECUSP (Post 4595672)
this album is amazing start to finish...the guitar work is so insane...one of my top 10 of 06

For real, the guy knows how to play. I love it.

heavyheart_x3 10/23/06 09:04 PM

such a good band

domextian 10/23/06 09:11 PM

thanks for the sick review Pat!
Hope you make it to the Chicago show.

Pat Marquez 10/23/06 09:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by domextian (Post 4601956)
thanks for the sick review Pat!
Hope you make it to the Chicago show.

I should be able to, anytime.

Pat Marquez 10/23/06 09:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by heavyheart_x3 (Post 4601884)
such a good band

I agree, an amazing band.

Pat Marquez 10/23/06 10:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by [Mike] (Post 4598815)
This review is about 4 months overdue. :p

Hey, better then never!

mr chainsaw 10/24/06 07:18 AM

the lead singer is a jerk. he got into a fight with my friend's band because they split the money equally for a show one night. apparently he was throwing lame punches...hehehe...i picked up the cd and thought it was okay...the vocals are a bit over the top...but I really dig the big breakdown song...its pretty sweet

J to the Osh 10/24/06 09:15 AM

does anyone else see their resemblance to sparta?

MPGirl 10/24/06 09:58 AM

Sparta, as in At The Drive In? Um, NO.

Pat Marquez 10/24/06 11:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mr chainsaw (Post 4604403)
the lead singer is a jerk. he got into a fight with my friend's band because they split the money equally for a show one night. apparently he was throwing lame punches...hehehe...i picked up the cd and thought it was okay...the vocals are a bit over the top...but I really dig the big breakdown song...its pretty sweet

Ha? I don't know about that.

Pat Marquez 10/24/06 11:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by J to the Osh (Post 4605149)
does anyone else see their resemblance to sparta?

Hmm, not hearing it at all.