Sleeping Around Says Things About Music and Formation, Breaks and Other Juicy Details!

Having formed just after high school back in 2016, SLEEPING AROUND would then take a long break frm 2017 to 2019. Come this time, they would reform, creating, writing, and recording music that would lead to a single with the band writing and recording even more for newer music. Find out what the band had to say about their music and their brief formation below.

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

We’ve all been jamming since 8th grade but the band didn’t truly form until after high school in 2016. We took a long break from 2017-2019 and it wasn’t until this year that we’ve really started putting in time and effort to make this dream a reality.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Haha it actually has nothing to do with sex we just didn’t want to be confined to one genre instead we prefer to “sleep around” with many different ones, mixing different elements so that we don’t get bored. I think sound should be explored openly and freely just like sexually and to be confined into the walls of one genre, one partner, or one form of sexuality is just plain ignorant.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We all grew up in the wasteland known as Iowa City but lots of the members are now based elsewhere around the country and the world. As for the music scene back home it’s tote hosen haha ie completely dead minus our friends at NonGrata who have been putting out some killer metal tracks as of late. We work a lot with their vocalist Joe when we want to beef up tracks and add some screams. Nothing hits harder than a metal breakdown with a strong vocalist with a wide range of screams.

4. How would you describe your style?

We’re all over and have had a hard time settling on “our sound”, I think the best way to convey our style is to think of it as a tree. At the trunk our main mood is a mix of Nu Metal & Emo rap, we all grew up listening to Linkin Park, Korn, & Slipknot who are actually from Iowa. That wave kind died out sadly as the og fans grew older but we want to bring it back by combining the metal elements from the bands we look up to with the melodic rap style of artists like LiL Peep and Juice WRLD.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

"Cigarettes" is hands down the start of our truly professional work using professional sound engineers and studios to deliver a much higher quality piece of art versus our past DIY style. I’m in love with the contrast of hard and soft and I think our music embodies that, softer emo trap versus followed by rock/metal hooks, it keeps it interesting, I would hate for listeners to get bored.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Always, we never stop writing and recording, right now there’s honestly too many songs waiting on standby to drop.

7. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Even before the whole pandemic situation the goal this year was really to establish a strong internet presence and follow in the footsteps of all the DIY Soundcloud rappers and artists we look up to. After that a few tours are in sight followed by some festival appearances in 2021.

8. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

All major streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, etc, but our biggest following is on Soundcloud!

9. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

First and foremost I want people to know they aren’t alone, that they don’t have to suffer all by themselves. We all go through so much bullshit especially growing up now in such a fast and technologically advanced world it’s easy to believe that no one understands you or your suffering but that is simply false and we want to prove it.

10. Tell us about the new single/video.

Cigarettes convey a feeling many of us often become engulfed by, the notion of despair and utter loneliness. At the time I was living in New York City, heartbroken and deeply missing a past love, I began to self isolate and constantly chain smoke all while staring out the window of my small bedroom longing for her. I was always searching for her replacement which led me to operate on much lower frequencies instead of letting the past go and moving forward. However, the moment I stopped searching for new love and focused my energy on just being in love with my own self and being that sense of despair and loneliness slowly began to drift away just like the smoke emitting from the tip of a cigarette blowing away with the wind.

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