Kellin Quinn Interview: No Sleep for Sleeping With Sirens
By Paige Camisasca
This is proving to be a big year for Sleeping With Sirens. In June, the band released an acoustic EP, If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack. It features acoustic versions of "If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn" and "With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear," plus two new songs. They recently followed that up with a new music video for "Roger Rabbit," which you can check out below.
Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce The Veil — who recently collaborated on the song "King For A Day" — will be touring together through November 23.
I recently spoke to SWS vocalist Kellin Quinn about the tour with PTV, the acoustic EP and Sleeping With Sirens' plans for new music and tours in 2013.
REVOLVER: Sleeping With Sirens will be kicking off the tour with Pierce The Veil soon. What about the tour are you most looking forward to? What can fans expect?
I'm excited just because we already got to hang out with the Pierce The Veil dudes. We made really good friends with those guys. I did a song with Vic and Pierce The Veil on their record. I got a chance to know Vic even before Warped Tour. During Warped Tour, we all hung out and we enjoyed each other's company. I think we're going to have a lot of fun hanging out together. I think it'll be a lot more fun for the fans. It's kinda weird sometimes going on tour with bands because you never really know what to expect. Since we already have that friendship, I think it's gonna be a lot of fun. I think it's going to bring a lot to the tour to see the camaraderie and everything together.
Vic has said that collaborating on "King For A Day" had a lot to do with the fans. How did that come together?
It actually started with Justin, our bass player. He went on a tangent and was writing on our Facebook page basically asking fans what they would think about us collaborating with certain other artists and stuff. The fans really went crazy over the thought of us touring and collaborating with Pierce The Veil, and Vic saw that floating around Twitter. He tweeted at me, and I tweeted back to him. Kids went nuts! We decided to do it for them, ya know?
What was it like working with them?
Really easy. I really connected with the song, and it was really, really, easy to collaborate on. It's really fun to do live with the band, getting up on stage, and playing the song together. It's a really cool friendship that developed between our band and theirs. So I think anything we do to together just makes sense at this point.
It seems you have a really close relationship with your fans, and it's something that's really important to you. Are you looking forward to getting to hang out with them on this tour?
Yeah! It's getting a little bit harder to make as much of a connection as I used to just because there are so many people that come out to shows now. I try my best to connect with the few people that I do get to have a conversation with. That's one of my main reasons for doing this — making a connection with people and getting to know them. I think people really get lost in thinking we're something greater than we really are because we get to go up onstage and do music for a living. It's nice to be able to showcase that we're not different than them. We're just trying to make it in this world like everybody else.
As you mentioned earlier, SWS was on Warped Tour all summer. How do you find your audiences are changing?
I notice more acceptance, which is nice. I think people are starting to accept the fact that just because we're on the rise, we don't have to be a breakdown band, which has been really cool. I notice a lot more people coming out to sing the words rather than trying to beat the shit out of people in the pit, which is cool. I think music is just kind of evolving, and we just so happen to be on the turning point of that. I'm just happy people come out and are into our music.
SWS released the If You Were A Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack EP a few months ago. Are you going to be playing any of the songs on the tour with Pierce The Veil?
I can say we'll probably end up doing a couple songs or like one song off that EP, but if we do it's gonna be full band. We'll figure out how to play it so that it sounds the same as far as being acoustic, but I definitely want to include the whole band on it and bring something kind of new and exciting to the songs in a live version.
What inspired you and the rest of the band to want to rework the songs?
Basically, when we first started out, we would play acoustic shows after our set because we thought it would make our band memorable to our fans. I know that starting out as a young band, it's really easy to get lost with bands that sound the same or with the plethora of music that's out there. We wanted to stand out. Me and Jesse, our rhythm guitar player, did acoustic music a lot together in the past so we thought it was a good idea to ask kids to stay after the show if they wanted to and listen to us jam some more songs. It turned into kind of a crazy thing because word spread and videos ended up on YouTube.
It turned into like an expected thing. It got to the point where a lot of headlining bands that we were on tour with would get pissed off because kids would walk outside before they were finished playing their set and watch us play acoustic shows. So, we ended up putting a record out because those songs are floating around on YouTube, and they're just shitty quality. We wanted to go in the studio and actually do it right and give kids something to listen to other than the distorted music.
What else is coming up for the band?
We have a new record we're working on. We'll be doing a lot of writing on that Pierce The Veil tour. When the Pierce The Veil tour is done, we'll go home for Thanksgiving. We have a couple of weeks that we're getting together as a band to polish up the songs, and then we're going into the studio January/February to do the new album. Around March, we're doing Soundwave Festival in Australia. I think we're doing a few short runs in Europe. I don't really know what's planned for the rest of the year, but I know that there's gonna be new music fairly quickly which I'm very excited about.
Can you give away any details on how this album will change from your previous albums?
It's not gonna be drastically different. I see a lot of bands get to this point in their career where they try to overdo it and change too much. We wanna stay true to what we've been doing. I just think that it's gonna be a lot more, I guess, pieced together correctly. The first two albums were very rushed. I mean, we're happy with how they are. We're happy that everybody likes the music. That's cool for us. As a band, we've definitely connected. All the members have been together now for a couple of years, and we've been playing music together. We're used to each other now. The new album is definitely going to be a lot more thought out. More polished.
Any other comments on what the coming year will bring for Sleeping With Sirens?
Kellin: I think this year is gonna be a lot of awesome surprises and exciting things happening for us and the fans. We can't wait to get everything out there and get it done! We're just cruising along, getting ready for this tour, and then driving hard into this new album.