Overexpose Yourself to Sleep On It

By Rhiannon Levengood

Discovering new bands has always been something I’m not very good at. I tend to find a new love in groups that have been around for more than a decade, resulting in my attempt to learn an entire discography of music in a week. And I’ll let you know, I’m really good at doing that.

However, finding a band that’s only five years old is like a breath of fresh air; and finding a band that’s only five years in the making and is actually good is like dying and going to Heaven. A sanctuary full of emo kids, punk rock grooves, and tasteful screamo. I’ve discovered Sleep On It.

Straight out of the heart of Chicago, Illinois hails quintet rock band Sleep On It. The group formed in 2012 and released a debut EP Everything, All At Once (2014) and a sophomore EP Safe Again (2015) before their original vocalist parted from the band. With the addition of new frontman Zech Pluister, Sleep On It released a third EP Lost Along the Way in 2016.

Now in 2017, Sleep On It has finally released a debut, full length album entitled Overexposed. With 12 brand new songs, the group gives us a refined sound that only proves their growth as a band. As a whole, the record is cohesive with a well-rounded sound. The instrumentals don’t clash together and while there is a contrast of vocals, they work really well together for a great track-to-track flow. Overexposed has influences from Fall Out Boy, Paramore, All Time Low, and Green Day. I can even hear hints of Blink-182 and Simple Plan at times. When all of these different ingredients come together, they form a straight-up delicious and unique combination not unlike a Crunchwrap Supreme™.

Fast food plugs aside, Overexposed has the very potential to become an iconic debut album the same way that Fall Out Boy’s Take This To Your Grave and Paramore’s All We Know Is Falling has. We’ll just have to wait and see.

My favorite tracks:

‘Window’
A lyric that sticks out the most to me is:
“And I’m stuck here forever floating on a reel that you’ll never pull in”

‘Distant’
This song gives me immediate Paramore vibes instrumentally. The vocals are almost aggressive, which gives the song the emotion it’s trying to convey. It’s a song I can see a crowd of people bouncing to at Emo Night.

‘Always Crashing The Same Car’
The title pays homage to David Bowie, which is so great. Lyrically, this is my favorite song from the album. I personally find it very relatable, especially the chorus:

“Finding roads I crossed on my own
Tearing from these roots I’ve outgrown
I’ve been looking for the right answers
But you tell me I’m a disaster
Climbing walls I built on my own
To find my unknown”

‘What We Stay Alive For’
This song reminds me of All Time Low, and I think it’s because of the lead guitar and lyrics that have a staccato beat. There’s a key change in this song that gave me an out-of-body experience.

‘A Brighter Shade of Blue’
This is the most stripped-down, acoustic song on the album, but it’s incredibly beautiful and vulnerable. Overall, this is my favorite song. Lyrics that literally made me cry are from the bridge:
“Now I’m shaking, you’re drying in the breeze. I’ve been trying to wash the memories out of our sheets.”

Sleep On It is on tour now with Waterparks, so don’t miss them! Buy your tickets here and keep up with them by checking out the links below.

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State Champs Show Gets A ‘Perfect Score’

By Paula Araujo

Saturday September 9, fans gathered at the White Eagle Hall in New Jersey for a jam packed show. The line up for the Road To Riot Fest tour included Bearings, Sleep On It, Speak Low If You Speak Love, Homesafe and State Champs.

Though the show was rather intimate, that didn’t stop the crowd from getting rambunctious for heavy sets from Sleep on It, Bearings, and Homesafe. Speak Low If You Speak Love, is actually a solo project from State Champ’s Ryan Graham that features his vocals plus an acoustic guitar and broken string (at times – not his fault he rocks so hard!)

Awaiting for the headliner, classic tunes that one would hear at Emo Night such as Panic at the Disco’s, “I Write Sins” played. Lead singer Derek DiScanio of State Champs has guest DJ’ed a few nights in the past, making the right mix for the crowd to get pumped just before the main performance. State Champs hit the stage and kicked the night off with “Slow Burn” and the energy through the audience soared as people threw their arms up, sang along, and others boldly crowd surfed and stage dived. The momentum never faded as the band played hits such as ‘Perfect Score” and “Simple Existence.”  Even when they played mellow ballads like “If I’m Lucky” fans happily sang their hearts out. There wasn’t a dull moment the entire show.  Even after the show, fan got to look forward to spending some time with the bands for photos, hugs, and quick chats. The evening had all the elements for an unforgettable night.