While She Sleeps Guitarist On New Album: “Some Of These Songs Have Got Us All Pretty Nervous, But That’s Exciting!”

During an interview with Metal Hammer, While She Sleeps guitarist Sean Long talked a bit about the band’s new album. According to him, the effort will be “heavy as balls” and that some of the tracks are getting them “pretty nervous,” which he says is “exciting.”

Long said the following about the band’s mindset:

“…There are a few things in there that you would never see coming. We’ve been quite inspired by a lot of stuff from our youth, that creeping sense of nostalgia that you seem to acquire as you get older, so there is a 90s feel – Green Day and Blink-182 and all those punk bands. Also, my mum used to listen to a lot of Clubland stuff, and there’s a bit of that in there too…”

He continued:

“I mean I think you’d struggle to hear it unless you were really looking for it, but I’m really bored by typical metal guitars at this point, so I always try to look for new types of music to pull from and use for how I write riffs. Daft Punk have been a really big influence as well, and Moby.”

He also added the following when asked if it will still be metal:

“Absolutely, it’s heavy as balls! We wanted to have the album cover be a ballsack with three balls in there. An extra helping of balls! We’re While She Sleeps and we’re always going to be heavy, but we don’t want to repeat ourselves.

We actually made a rule that we would only put stuff in if it scared us. And some of these songs have got us all pretty nervous, but that’s exciting!

That’s how music progresses! Too many of our bands are happy to tread water, and we’re not going to do that – we’re going to whip our balls out and put them on the table.”

You can read more at Metal Hammer.

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While She Sleeps Appear To Be In The Studio For New Album

It looks like While She Sleeps have been in the studio working on their new album. The band shared the below Instagram post:

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PROGRESS.

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Every Time I Die, Hellions, Etc. Added To 2019 UNIFY Gathering

Every Time I Die, Hellions, Saviour, and Falcifer have been added to the 2019 UNIFY Gathering, which is set to take place on January 11-13 in South Gippsland, Australia. You can see the updated daily lineups below. As previously reported, I Killed The Prom Queen’s “classic lineup” were supposed to reunite to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “When Goodbye Means Forever“ at the event, but their performance was cancelled following some controversy.

January 11: Underoath, Karnivool, In Hearts Wake, Hellions, Ocean Grove, While She Sleeps, Crossfaith, Dream On Dreamer, The Plot In You, Hand Of Mercy, Dream State, Drown This City, Ocean Sleeper, and Better Half.

January 12: Taking Back Sunday (playing “Tell All Your Friends” in full), Every Time I Die, Trophy Eyes, State Champs, Turnstile, Citizen, Waax, Clowns, Endless Heights, Harm’s Way, Saviour, Stand Atlantic, Thornhill, Pagan, Gravemind, After Touch, Falcifer, and Yours Truly.

I Killed The Prom Queen’s “Classic Lineup” To Reunite For 2019 UNIFY Gathering, Underoath, Taking Back Sunday, Etc. Also Set To Perform

The lineup has been revealed for the 2019 UNIFY Gathering, which is set to take place on January 11-13 in South Gippsland, Australia. Notably, I Killed The Prom Queen’s “classic lineup”, featuring Jona Weinhofen, Kevin Cameron, Michael Crafter, JJ Peters, and Sean Kennedy, will be reuniting for a one-off performance to celebrate the 15th anniversary of “When Goodbye Means Forever.“ Aside from them, the event will also include:

January 11: Underoath, Karnivool, In Hearts Wake, Ocean Grove, While She Sleeps, Crossfaith, Dream On Dreamer, The Plot In You, Hand Of Mercy, Dream State, Drown This City, Ocean Sleeper, and Better Half.

January 12: Taking Back Sunday (playing “Tell All Your Friends” in full), I Killed The Prom Queen, Trophy Eyes, State Champs, Turnstile, Citizen, Waax, Clowns, Endless Heights, Harm’s Way, Stand Atlantic, Thornhill, Pagan, Gravemind, After Touch, and Yours Truly.

While She Sleeps Share Live Performance Video For Alternate Version Of “Silence Speaks”

While She Sleeps have shared a live performance video for an alternate version of “Silence Speaks.“ The clip was filmed during a special show at the St. Pancras Church in London, England, where the group played some of their songs with a different spin on them. A few of those alternate versions appear on the new special edition of their latest album “You Are We“, which will be released on July 20. The original version of “Silence Speaks” featured Bring me The Horizon‘s Oli Sykes.

While She Sleeps To Release Special Edition Of “You Are We” In July

While She Sleeps have announced that they will be releasing a new special edition of their latest album “You Are We” on July 20. This version will come with the original album plus eight additional bonus tracks.

Track Listing:

01. “You Are We”
02. “Steal The Sun”
03. “Feel”
04. “Empire Of Silence”
05. “Wide Awake”
06. “Silence Speaks”
07. “Settle Down Society”
08. “Hurricane”
09. “Revolt”
10. “Civil Isolation”
11. “In Another Now”
12. “Feel” (reimagined live at St Pancras Old Church in London)
13. “Silence Speaks” (reimagined live at St Pancras Old Church in London)
14. “Hurricane” (reimagined live at St Pancras Old Church in London)
15. “Civil Isolation” (demo)
16. “Feel” (demo)
17. “Fear In Change” (instrumental demo)
18. “I Am While She Sleeps”
19. “Lost Ideas“

Guitarist Sean Long commented:

“We feel that ‘You Are We‘ demonstrated such a special connection between us and our fans so we wanted to give them the chance to receive as much content as possible from the campaign. We, even as a ‘heavy’ band, have always had a strong love for acoustic and stripped backed songs so it made sense to finally realize some of our songs in this way. The St. Pancras show was so much out of our comfort zone that it made the night electric.

‘Lost Ideas‘ is something people never get to hear, yet I think it’s so pure and interesting. It’s from the absolute beginning of the writing process and you get to hear the essence of some of our biggest songs in their simplest and most organic form. It also includes some natural ideas that never made it into any of the songs on You Are We itself. This is something I would have loved to hear from my favorite artists over the years so I’m happy we are giving our fans this chance.”