Bands like Sleeping With Sirens have been heroic in their efforts to reinvent the metalcore genre, and luckily it hasn’t been all in vain.
The general public’s tastes and opinions change like the weather, but Sleeping With Sirens have a strong, core group of fans that would follow them to the ends of the earth. They took to the stage at London’s Electric Ballroom on a busy Saturday night in Camden Town and were met with deafening cheers from a room that was packed from wall to wall.
Sleeping With Sirens been doing this long enough that performing an extraordinary set no doubt comes naturally. Despite the fact that they were playing in support of their latest album, How It Feels To Be Lost, they offered a mixed bag of a setlist that surely catered to the needs of every fan in the room — regardless of how old or new they were to the fanbase. The new album also got its time to shine though, as ultimately eight songs including singles ‘Leave It All Behind’ and ‘Break Me Down’ were staggered throughout the set.
Lead singer Kellin Quinn has a remarkable stage presence, making every single person in his audience feel like they’re part of something special. His interaction with the crowd is always particularly touching, and his mention of his daughter and the throat illness he’d been suffering from that week (which, caveat, was a shocking revelation seeing as his vocals were on point all evening) made it clear that he saw his fans as people who were deeply intwined within his life.
Midway through the set came an excellently placed acoustic section, allowing the sweaty, heaving crowd to take a short break. Some of Sleeping With Sirens’ softer tracks from If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack made an appearance here: ‘Scene Two: Roger Rabbit’ and ‘Scene Five: With Ears To See and Eyes To Hear’. This was not only visibly welcome by the tired audience, but also served as a trip down memory lane for some of the band’s oldest supporters.
The encore was made up of a couple of excellent choices, but choices that were also completely expected. ‘If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn’ kicked off proceedings when the band returned to the stage, and they powered through it as if their lives depended on it. The members of Sleeping With Sirens complement each other perfectly with their skills, and since they’ve come a long way since 2011 they’re able to make these older classics truly pop. Finishing off with ‘If You Can’t Hang’, the room buzzed with energy as people crowd surfed, danced, and screamed along to the swan song from their favorite band.
Truthfully, bands like Sleeping With Sirens will never really go out of style.