Sleeping With Sirens

SLEEPING WITH SIRENS drive right to the core of that place inside that connects people through music. Kellin Quinn's intimate vocal revelations arrive drenched in a warm vulnerability that has stitched fans around the world to the band. Even as their penultimate album, Madness, promises to crack the mainstream wide open, the band remains steadfast in their determination to keep things welcoming (and sheltering) to the people who've been there since day one and the ever-increasing number of new fans alike.

Madness, frankly, is an unashamed masterpiece of melodic pop rock perfection, driven by an undercurrent of punk aggression and beautifully tempered by an overwhelming soulfulness and sensitivity. Together with Quinn, guitarists Jack Fowler and Nick Martin, the rhythm section of bassist Justin Hill and drummer Gabe Barham forge a vibrant musical collage in songs that serve the powerful audience connection SWS celebrates.

Even with 102 million streams, 83 million music video views, millions of social media followers, 80,000 tickets sold on the first leg of The World Tour (nearly ever show has sold out since 2012, including two nights, in advance, in London in 2015), mainstage appearances at the UK's prestigious Reading Leeds festivals, over 700,000 in combined album sales and a #3 debut on Billboard's Top 200, SWS maintains a firm grasp on their musical identity, with an authenticity that draws bigger and bigger crowds.

"The biggest foundation for all of us in the band is to stay true to ourselves," declares Quinn. "We all sleep well at night knowing these are the songs we believe in. This is the music we want to put out there for the world. With Madness, our focus was in putting out an album like the ones we grew up listening to, the music that changed us."

Fowler concurs. "We've all grown-up as songwriters and as musicians," he says. "There's a lot of new, different sounding stuff, but we still maintain our roots. It goes from the most punk rock sounding stuff we've done to the prettiest ballad we've done. We wanted to give everybody a taste of everything we do – the short, fast punk songs, the pop rock songs and the emotional ballads. It's the best album we've done, hands down."

Produced by hit-maker John Feldmann (Good Charlotte, Panic! At The Disco), Madness is an electric celebration of all that is SWS and everything they represent.

"Kick Me," which went to #1 on Billboard's Trending 140 Chart, boldly declares confident defiance in the face of would be bullies. "We Like It Loud" may very well dominate rock radio, even as it will assuredly elicit massive sing-alongs in theaters. More than a lowest common denominator celebration of sound, the song goes deeper, championing the disenfranchised in the way rock anthems do best. "Better Off Dead" confronts the feelings of hopelessness that drive young people to self-harm, offering the perspective of people who lived through it and grew to lead fulfilling lives after school. Alternately, "Madness" is a ballad as delicate and timeless as the most evocative songs of rock's greatest bands, an optimistic and earnest love letter to a fallen loved one.

Quinn takes pride in the fact that Madness is a filler-free affair. Not one track is skip-worthy. "Every song has a place, a home, and feels like it belongs on the same album with the other songs," he says. "You can play the album front to back, all 13 songs, and it could all flow as a live set. It starts with something 'in-your-face,' then keeps the momentum going, before it slows down for a few, then we bring it all back up."

The nonstop social media buzz, the Alternative Press recognition as Artist Of The Year, it's all emblematic of the groundswell SWS built at what feels like a lightning pace. Alternative Press, Rock Sound, Kerrang!, Outburn and Blunt regularly feature them on the cover. The devotion of the SWS faithful is potent and palpable every time Quinn's voice ascends to his signature banshee-like wail on record, in videos or live on the stage.

"We're a very tight knit group," explains Barham. "We have the same ideas about everything, as far as the direction that we're going."

Quinn's incredible voice and the easygoing affability of all five guys endears them to a diverse audience, people more friends than fans, people who connect with the band's energized tales of childhood woe, tender love letters, and direct encouragements to seize the day, triumph over heartache and pushback against the hater brigades. No matter how big Sleeping With Sirens becomes, they haven't backed down from offering only the most courageous examinations of what they are as people and as a rock band.

State Champs

State Champs are a "DIY Pop Punk" band from Albany, NY. They released their debut 7″ titled Overslept on September 11th 2012 on 7″/Digital.  Overslept was engineered by Jay Maas at Getaway Recordings. They have a new album about to drop this October titled The Finer Things. Ourzone Magazine reviews it as, "Pinned as one of the greatest Pop Punk releases this year, State Champs are more than living up to the hype with this refreshingly exciting album co-produced by New Found Glory's Steve Klein. Opener 'Elevated' instantly sets the bar very high for the rest of the record, both musically and lyrically strong, with plenty of opportunities for a raucous live sing-a-long. The rest of the record more than lives up to this high standard, each track being a stand-alone song in its own right."

Formed in 2008 and having played along side artists such as Mest, 3OH!3, Flatliners, Fireworks, Valenica, Lostprophets, The Blackout and The Wonder Years, these Sydney pop punkers have sold in excess of 20,000 copies of their debut and self-funded EP, 'All Shapes and Disguises' (released June 2010) solely in Australia and Japan.

November 2010 saw the release of their 3 track Vinyl EP 'Consider This' (also available on iTunes) and their national headline tour with Sienna Skies.

The band are currently in Los Angeles recording their debut album with Mark Trombino (Blink 182, Jimmy Eat World, The Starting Line) before returning to Australia to hit the road again throughout February to support The Getaway Plan on their Australian tour. Already listed as one of the top 10 Aussie bands of all time on the legendary rock radio station KROQ in the US and reaching the #1 position on iTunes alternative charts and US Pure Volume charts,
the album will be released in mid 2011 with plans already underway for international release.

Houston, TX's Waterparks will release their new EP, Cluster, on January 15 via Equal Vision Records. Cluster was recorded with producers Benji Madden (Good Charlotte, 5 Seconds of Summer) and Courtney Ballard (5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low).

"We're super excited to be signed to Equal Vision Records. We've all been listening to EVR bands since 8th and 9th grade so actually joining the label's roster is insane. We've always seen Equal Vision as a label that lets bands be as weird or experimental as they want to be, so we thought it was a great fit for us," says vocalist Awsten Knight. "Also, Say Anything is on this label, so now Max Bemis kinda has to be friends with us. Hi Max."

Waterparks performed as direct support to Good Charlotte on their recent reunion show in Los Angeles, CA at the Troubadour on November 19, where Billboard praised Waterparks on their "killer hooks and killer attitudes." The trio has also seen early support from MTV and BBC Radio One, and can even be seen making a cameo in Good Charlotte's new music video.
Waterparks will soon head out on their first full US tour, as the opener on Never Shout Never's upcoming headliner that will span from January 13 to February 27. All upcoming tour dates can be found HERE.

Waterparks lead single - "Crave" - debuted via a puppy-filled music video on, while their second song released from the album - "Mad All The Time" - premiered via
Waterparks has also partnered with, which was founded by the Madden Brothers in 2014. MDDN specializes in management, publishing, and production. MDDN defines itself as being for artists, created by artists. Of the new partnership Joel Madden shares, "We are extremely excited to be working with Waterparks. One of the best young bands we've heard in years. They are talented musicians, prolific writers, and a great live band. We are excited for the future of this band, and proud to be a part of their team."

To date, Waterparks has released two EPs: Black Light (2014) and Airplane Conversations (2012). Waterparks is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Awsten Knight, guitarist/vocalist Geoff Wigington, and drummer/vocalist Otto Wood.

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