Whether you’re a die-hard Sleeping With Sirens stalker or not, you’ve probably heard their acoustic covers on Youtube, so it was only a matter of time before the Florida five gave in to the constant nagging from fans and threw us the acoustic EP we’d been craving.
Busting out a new lightly RnB-influenced sound reminiscent of Tyler Carter’s solo project, Sleeping With Sirens treat us to three brand new tracks as well as revamping two old favourites, ‘With Ears to See and Eyes to Hear’ and ‘If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn’ . It’s a shame that both are missing the irresistible rawness from the original tracks, and even from the acoustic renditions they’d uploaded online previously. They’re almost a bit too clean. As tracks on their own, both are good, but it’s impossible not to compare them to the album versions. It was the gritty passion and hints of aggression that went into the originals that kept us on our toes, but you almost lose the sense of what the song is about after their transformation into a generic, decent-but-not-exceptional pop song.
But enough bashing them, because on the whole, it’s actually very good. It takes a little while to grow on you, but if Kellin Quinn’s vocals aren’t giving you an extreme case of goosebumps during ‘Don’t You Ever Forget About Me’ then there’s something seriously wrong. In fact, all three of the new tracks are brilliant. Whether you’re a fan or not, the gorgeous, summery ballad ‘Stomach Tied in Knots’ definitely deserves a listen on its own.
We say this is ‘a new sound,’ but it’s pretty much just extending on what they were heading towards with their sophomore album, Let’s Cheers To This. In all fairness though, we were probably a bit hard on the poor guys – it’s just that we know they can do better. The acoustics are feeling a bit dressed up, and you can’t help but feel that the EP would have worked a thousand times better stripped down, unplugged, without all the unnecessary additions. On the whole though, If We Were A Movie This Would Be Your Soundtrack is by no means a bad attempt by anyone’s standards. It may take a few listens before you love it, but it’s certainly worth the effort.
Standout Track: Stomach Tied in Knots
For fans of: Coheed and Cambria, Tyler Carter, Pierce The Veil
Written by: Sophie Pengelly