UK, Sheffield-based metal powerhouse While She Sleeps has started the pre-order for the special edition of their latest masterpiece “You Are We”. The re-issue will be released on the 20th of July and contains 8 additional tracks. Beside alternative versions and demos, there are also 2 completely new tracks on it! The band also released the alternative live version of their hit single “Silence Speaks”.
While She Sleeps converted an empty warehouse in the heart of their native Sheffield into their own multipurpose studio to create their new album “You Are We”. It’s not the first time they’ve had their own space – 2010’s debut EP “The North Stands For Nothing” was recorded at a home studio called The Barn – but with this new space, which was built with the band’s own money, they’ve taken things to the next level.
Lawrence Loz Taylor said:
There’s always been a very DIY aspect to this band, so going it alone a bit more now just reiterates that to everyone. The Barn was a very important place for us – it’s where we grew as friends and it was where we hung out and could be creative – so the idea with this new space is that it gives us a lot more creative space. There’s a studio and live room, and we have space now to achieve what we want to achieve as a band. This place is going to house us for a good few years.
It’s also a place where the band aims to break down the barrier even more between themselves and their fan base. As part of the new record’s PledgeMusic campaign, fans were able to head to the studio and take part in the video for “Hurricane”.
That was absolutely crazy, I’m still aching from that! But the special thing is that every kid who came down for the video shoot actually helped make the album happen. And to that extent they made this warehouse capable of living.
Sean Long adds:
Now more than ever, our fans know that it’s them making all of this possible for us. The divide between artist and fan is ridiculous, because there are no fans without the artist and there’s no artist without the fans. They go hand in hand together as one absolute thing, and I really like that we can see that in play with what we’ve been doing. It’s very reassuring to see that support right in front of us.
Made with Carl Bown, who also produced “Brainwashed”, the songs that comprise “You Are We” are full of as much force, focus and determination as ever. The likes of “Hurricane” and first single “Civil Isolation” continue the band’s trajectory as one of the most inspiring, riotous and important voices in British music today, demonstrating both their continued musical evolution and their incisive social conscience. Yet while these are brutal anthems that paint a vivid picture of a post-Brexit Britain, they stand as both the most universal and most personal songs of the band’s career.
While She Sleeps – “We Are We” tracklist:
1. You Are We
2. Steal The Sun
4. Empire Of Silence
5. Wide Awake
6. Silence Speaks
7. Settle Down Society
10. Civil Isolation
11. In Another Now
12. Feel (Alternative Version – Live at St Pancras Church)
13. Silence Speaks (Alternative Version – Live at St Pancras Church)
14. Hurricane (Alternative Version – Live at St Pancras Church)
15. Civil Isolation (Demo)
16. Feel (Demo)
17. Fear In Change (Instrumental Demo)
18. I Am While She Sleeps
19. Lost Ideas