Sleeping With Sirens have released some details regarding their upcoming fifth studio album; Gossip. Due out on the 22nd September via Warner Bros. Records and produced by David Bendeth, the 11 track album is available to pre-order now, digital at usual sites and physicals at this link. Check out their newest single Legends below, which is also the official song of Team USA for Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
“We finally captured the live experience with Bendeth, we have the production, but there’s a rawness that comes through. Musically, I feel like it’s the first Sirens record that sounds specifically like us. We took chances, experimented, and continued to do what we do best: create art. It’s something new. It has an authentic sound that we’ve been working towards all this time.” – Kellin Quinn, vocals
Empire To Ashes
One Man Army
Hole In My Heart
I Need To Know
South Yorkshire’s Alvarez Kings have travelled a long and arduous road to the position they currently hold. A spot that beforehand saw them occupy local scenes for the best part of a decade, building an international following at big name American fests like South by Southwest and recently climbing aboard the travelling circus that is the Vans Warped Tour. The spot they currently occupy of course, is just having released debut album Somewhere Between through major label Warner Bros/Sire Records; Not bad for a bunch of lads from the North East of England – but upon reaching this apex in their career, one would have to ask, is there room for another synth-laden indie band in the current musical climate?
There is a lot to be said for the pristine grooves contained on SomewhereBetween, the band incorporating a host of modern influences as well as using breezy synth lines to give their sound an 80’s polish ala The1975. Tracks like the hyper-melodic Tell–TaleHeart and bouncy Sleepwalking,Pt.II are joyous pop throwbacks, while the more subdued RunfromYou with its Vangelis-esque keys show the band’s ability to pare things down without losing the impact and vibrancy of their more upbeat material.
As sleek and pleasing as the best songs on SomewhereBetween are, it’s in the glossy finish of the overall product that things occasionally get a little lost. For every Sleepwalking,Pt.II, there is the odd moment where it feels like the band are over utilising their atmospheric approach and would occasionally benefit from the slightly more raw edge of their live sound.
Minor grumble aside, at just 11 tracks, SomewhereBetween keeps things short and sweet. It provides both chart worthy highlights and sees them meld well-crafted songs with expansive post-rock/pop nuances making something that although not revolutionary, will please fans of band’s such as The1975, Churches and PVRIS no end.
AlvarezKings may be a little late to the synth-pop party but with the high standard set on the majority of SomewhereBetween it’s hard to deny them a seat at the table.
SomewhereBetween is out now on Warner Bros/Sire Records.