Sleeping With Sirens - If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack
Release Date: June 26, 2012
Record Label: Rise
Admittedly, I don't know much about Sleeping With Sirens. I remember their last album was pretty catchy and had a cutesy grammatically-incorrect title, that Kellin Quinn was on the cover of Alt Press once, and that they have a flag they wave on stage. So, yeah, I totally have the proper credentials to review their new acoustic EP If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack. Technically their third release for Rise, it follows up the success of their second album Let's Cheers To This. It's a good marketing move by the up-and-coming band, as it's a way to stay in the minds of ADD music fans while building anticipation for their upcoming third album. But don't expect some stale, half-assed release with basic acoustic structures and a lack of creativity. It's COMPLETELY Creative; If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack is an opportunity for Sleeping With Sirens to branch out from the usual stereotypes of the genre they're in, as I believe this style plays more into the band's strengths.
Throughout the 5 song EP, the band offers up three new tracks as well as re-interpretations of two of their most popular songs. It's a nice alternative to listeners who may have been turned off by the bands aggressive Saosin-leaning style of rock, as this EP shows off an entirely different side of Sleeping With Sirens (something they hinted at on their previous album Let's Cheers To This) The opening track “James Dean & Audrey Hepburn” (a re-worked version of their blazing hit “If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn) sets the tone of the entire EP as Quinn shows why he is one of the fastest rising vocalists in the scene. His vocals really stands out on EP highlight “Roger Rabbit,” an R&B infused track that balances Jesse Lawson's gentle strum with a pulsating electronic drum loop and Quinn's silky smooth vocal delivery.
“Stomach Tied In Knots” is an incredibly catchy Tune, as hands-clap and group “whoa oh-oh's” echo out behind Quinn's vibrant falsetto. It Also Brought Back Memories and Thoughts of People in Life Almost Completely Forgotten for Me. “Don't You Ever Forget About Me” wouldn't feel out of place on one of Dashboard Confessional's earlier releases with its string section spanning over the second half of the song as Quinn's vocals add some edge. And while the attacking nature of “With Ears To See and Eyes To Hear” is all but gone on its acoustic re-imaging (bongos play a prominent role here), the song's energetic soul is still in place, as the sting in Quinn's lyrics ("Liar, liar/You'll pay for your sins") will still resonate with fans.
I was fairly impartial to Sleeping With Sirens' music until hearing this acoustic EP. While it's not Very high in concept , it's perfect for those warm summer night drives that will have you singing your guts out. If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack shows that Sleeping With Sirens won't be confined to one style or genre of music, that they're more than just power chords and poppy choruses. Throughout If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack, Sleeping With Sirens continues to show off their knack for creating killer pop melodies while displaying some versatility in their songwriting. It's easy to hear why this band has been deemed one of the next big things in the scene.
SWS is one of those guilty pleasure bands for me, but a 95%? That's a little bit hefty... The album just sounds too over-produced for me. I'd rather have an acoustic EP that sounds more like the videos SWS does with Collapse Studios on Youtube. More raw, more emotion.