THE SLEEPING have gone bigger, better, and bolder than ever before and intend to ignite the rock universe with their latest endeavor, The Big Deep. Priding themselves on bending genres and breaking new ground with their influential fusion of hardcore post-punk and melodic indie-rock, THE SLEEPING have organically created a remarkable record with honest and raw passion that is often absent from modern-day artists.
Spawning their way from the 2003 music scene in Long Island, NY and amongst bands such as Taking Back Sunday and Brand New, their late 2004 signing to VICTORY RECORDS was the catalyst that sparked the band's success. Following with releases such as Believe What We Tell You, Questions and Answers, and What It Takes, THE SLEEPING have prevailed as one of Victory's hardest-working and most-loved acts.
The band spent two summer months approaching a style of writing that they've rarely explored; THE SLEEPING packed up and headed to Woodstock, New York. "We experienced Woodstock in a tourist world. I would wake up every morning and feed chickens, hens and a 1000 pound pig" claims Douglas (vocals).
One of the band's greatest strengths is their tight-knit sense of family they seem to incorporate into their music. Vocalist Douglas Robinson, drummer Joe Zizzo, bassist Sal Mignano, guitarist Paul Cadena and keyboardist Chris Evans are more like brothers than band mates and it is no surprise that when it came time to writing The Big Deep, the band gathered together, shedding their hearts, souls, fears and joys. Douglas says "The last record was produced in an urban-city-like-almost-too-familiar-mid-winter setting, leaving little room for inspiration. We would all hang out, but there was so much to do that we'd separate. In Woodstock, we'd hear about something, and we'd all hop on our bikes and ride out to see it together."
Perhaps it was this culture shock of re-visiting an old town in a new season, in addition to the organized chaos, that formed the sound and feel for the record; but the lyrics came from an entirely different mind set. Last year, in the wake of heartbreak, Douglas set out, temporarily moving his entire life from New York to LA, in hopes to find himself, and figure out how to live the rest of his life. "I wrote a lot on the way there, and I wrote a lot on the way back. Even in Woodstock, I only went home once. I literally had cabin fever. The guys would go home on the weekends and it gave me time to do nothing but just think." Symbolic of the time spent traveling, learning and writing, the cover art showcases a suitcase of belongings, giving a new meaning to ‘baggage.'
The Woodstock recording experience provoked rejuvenation, allowing each member to learn each other as if it was their first time meeting. The outcome is a restructured army, revisiting producers Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner to strengthen an even tighter unit. Spewing with maturity and growth, this album is a journey of the mind and of the body. It's a story of finding out who you are and where you belong before you become truly lost forever. This record is a meltdown of emotions with a vibe that digs deep into your ears and most importantly, your heart.