A year ago Sheffield band While She Sleeps released their fifth album Sleeps Society (our review here). The record included singles like the title track ‘Sleeps Society‘ and also ‘You Are All You Need‘, and due to COVID, they’re finally celebrating the release in Australia with a massive tour this July, and they’re bringing Liverpool metalers Loathe down with them.
The mayhem doesn’t stop there though. While She Sleeps are preparing for the release of their Sleeps Society Special Edition having just premiered one of the new tracks to feature, titled ‘Eye To Eye‘, click it below to watch in YouTube due to its age-restriction, and viewers discretion is advised. The single is highly emotive, but also channels the heavy style of theirs captured on Sleeps Society.
Upon premiering the short-film, While She Sleeps have announced the Special Edition will come out on June 3, via Search & Destroy / Spinefarm. Along with new track ‘Eye To Eye‘, the Special Edition will have three additional new songs, as well as an acoustic for ‘You Are All You Need.’
On ‘Eye To Eye‘, guitarist Mat Welsh has commented extensively:
“With this song and video, we wanted to push our DIY attitude to the limits, especially with the visuals. The entire video was directed and filmed by the band. We came up with the concept, built the sets, designed the choreography, wrote the score, directed the acting, and cut the edit. It’s our biggest visual project to date.
The song is born from an idea we’ve had for the past few years. We knew it would grow into a great Sleeps song but have never had the time within an album to focus on it and develop the idea into what it is today. It’s definitely an amalgamation of the last 10 years of the band. We wanted something that felt thrashy and something you can really blow off some steam to when you’re playing it live. We know from filming the video that it feels incredible in a room full of people. The song also contains gang vocals from Sleeps Society members — we recorded them at the warehouse (the band’s creative space in Sheffield) with 100+ people and also had members send in their vocals so we could get them on the song.
We wanted the video to visually present what one can feel in the midst of a mind attack of any kind. Wherever the negativity is coming from, we always seem to split ourselves into two. The one who’s in pain, the one running away internally, and the one causing the pain. It’s always a battle with ourselves and we get lost in between these storms.
The reason we wanted this to feel so disturbing is to illustrate the sheer torment the mind can generate within us all, which to anyone on the outside is completely invisible. This should serve as a wake-up call for us all to remember that each and every one of us can put on a brave face, and we often do, but no one really knows the extent of our internal universe. So it’s a way to remind us to stay compassionate to others as we walk through life.”
Words by Ricky Aarons (@rickysaul90)
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