In the music video forSleeps Society, the lead single fromWhile She Sleeps’ forthcoming album of the same name, the Sheffield metallers lay down a career-defining announcement. They’re leaning closely into a row of microphones while sitting across a boardroom table, awash in an endless spiral of camera flashes. “We want to be the voice for artists just like us all over the world,” asserts rhythm guitarist Mat Welsh. “And we are asking for you to join us.”
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It’s a tense, yet equally compelling moment; less than 24 hours before the clip – which mimics an industry press junket – premiered, fans had been forewarned of this change to the band’s MO via a vague Twitter statement. What they didn’t know, however, is just how profoundly it would affect them.
“We had just agreed as a team that it’s never enough these days to make a loud enough bang,” lead guitarist Sean Long tellsGuitar.com在通话中，几个月来。“我们想创造一些具有故事和一些实质的东西；人们可以落后的东西。”
朗描述了Sleeps Society, the vital, Patreon-powered platform that, like the aforementioned single, also shares its name with the metalcore band’s new record. Established after the current pandemic began to ravage their financial situation, the scheme directly offers fans “support benefits” in exchange for a monthly subscription fee, including exclusive merchandise, official guitar run throughs and previously unheard demos – a model that could guarantee While She Sleeps a future that they otherwise would have lost.
“We had to address the fact that music should cost more money – it’s a valuable human creation,” he continues. “But it’s like water now. It’s everywhere. It’s cheap as fuck and you can get it wherever you want. So, for that reason, it’s truly amazing that so many people, not just our fans, have joined us to keep us alive.”
Sleeps Society作为第五张专辑的游戏规则变化，是一张运动中的乐队的表演肖像：活着，复兴和咆哮。它始终如一地传达并统治着即兴驱动的紧迫性，散布的人声和真正沉重的令人回味的气氛。但至关重要的是Sleeps Society她睡觉时也是一种和解的行为，在录制2019年的同时，她共同经历了动荡的创造性挫败感和内部问题So What?，乐队的第四次全长努力。
Having formed as teenagers in 2006, the five-piece – comprised of guitarists Long and Welsh, plus lead vocalist Lawrence Taylor, bassist Aaran McKenzie, and drummer Adam Savage – tore down independent venues across the country as they came up through the late noughties’ new wave of British metalcore groups, alongside the likes of Bury Tomorrow,带给我的地平线, and techy rockersArchitects。
他们的早期每股收益And This Is Just the Start(2006),Split（2009年），以及The North Stands for Nothing(2010) showcased a band capable of stirring up scream-along heavy metal choruses for many a festival crowd, but one that was also defiant enough to lean on elements of punk, post-hardcore and filthy emo with a similar level of snarling intensity – a pattern that permeated their 2012 debut LP这是六个以及随后的三张专辑。
“作为一支乐队，我们总是觉得自己只是小烂朋克；我认为我们只是不喜欢被告知该怎么做。“但是我们制作的每张专辑都是我们在录制时共同经历的时间胶囊。就是这样 - 永远都是。”
那是罕见而奇特的东西：内脏的金属杆，它自豪地戴上了袖子上的心脏。前面提到的So What?- 当她通过自己的标签Sleeps Brothers自行发行时，第一张专辑是对当时成员所经历的多重创伤的蒸馏：主持人泰勒（Taylor）在他的喉咙手术中康复中挣扎；长期正在经历艰难的分手。深刻影响诸如Back Of My Mind和悲伤managed to cut straight to the core of the mental health issues that Long – who suffers from severe forms of anxiety and depression, and is also the band’s primary songwriter – was also struggling with.
毫不奇怪，录制后续行动的旷日持久的旅程Sleeps Societywas, at times, a never-ending whirlwind – and one that challenged While She Sleeps to pull the band back from the edge for the sake of themselves, and more importantly, for the fans.
“作为个人，以前情况对我们来说是非常不稳定的 - 在某些时候，这对我们来说一直很努力。但是，我们通过并制作了音乐。”朗说。“但是这次，我觉得我们只是在她睡觉时。每个人的健康状况都在一个好地方；一切进展顺利。您会像乐队一样起伏 - 但您不能让生活过来。”
For their fifth LP, there was a collective realisation that in order to move forward, While She Sleeps had to start afresh. The band found some much-needed joy by seeking out new sonic revelations in unexpected areas – “It’s very rare that we get inspired by music in our scene, as it’s very diluted” – and incorporating brighter, bolder sounds into their palette.
But空白的呼唤is this album’s true resounding triumph: it’s here where the significance of theSleeps Society订阅模型超越了搅动的颂歌，以寻找永恒的乐观。曲目巩固了她睡觉时与粉丝有着不可动摇的关系。该计划的大约200名成员有机会为录制过程做出贡献，因为他们为这首歌提供了声音。这是一个现实生活中的数字，也是一个明确，有意义的例子，说明了为什么这支乐队的音乐与如此多的人产生了如此深刻的共鸣。
朗解释说：“当我们作为伴侣集体聚在一起时，我们会像其他任何乐队一样创造出独特的东西。”“但是粉丝们在我们的音乐中找到了一些特别的联系；我可以发现一个年轻的睡眠粉丝在一英里外，因为它们看起来就像我的较小版本 - 它们就像我们的镜子。”
Sleeps Societyis out now via睡觉兄弟。