REVIEW: Sleeping With Sirens Continue The Madness in NYC

Sleeping With Sirens, the Michigan-based 5-piece continued their End The Madness! tour in support of their 4th studio album, 2015’s Madness, at New York’s Playstation Theater on Wednesday night. Falling into a variety of genres from post hardcore to emo to good old fashioned rock, Sleeping With Sirens put on a unique, high energy show replete with pyro and crowd surfers – something often reserved for metal shows – crowd surfers that only add to the atmosphere and good vibes emanating from the stage.

It’s definitely worth noting for starters that Sleeping With Sirens are being supported on this tour by Waterparks, Tonight Alive and State Champs – the latter of whom are equally awesome in their own right, while Tonight Alive bring an Aussie rock element to an otherwise American alt rock show. The main attraction, though, is of course Sleeping With Sirens, who delivered on everything I’ve come to expect from an SWS show with a 16 song set to delight fans both new and old.

On tap for the night, like the rest of the tour, was a set that prominently featured tracks from Madness while still managing to include many of the band’s most popular songs, including If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn – the song that launched the band seemingly into the stratosphere way back in 2010. 6 years isn’t a very long time for a band, and cramming 4 quality albums into those 6 years is mostly unheard of in this age, so for Sleeping With Sirens to do so and have a wide variety of material to choose from in a short period of time is pretty spectacular.

Kicking things off with a curtain drop and some sparkler-pyro at the back of the stage, the band opened with Do It Now Remember It Later, which was enough to kick start the seemingly endless crowd surfing before SWS went into The Bomb Dot Com V2.0 and We Like It Loud. Speaking of those crowd surfers in the barely-old-enough-to-drink crowd, someone brought a Bernie Sanders for President sign that kept making the rounds to every single person who was crowd surfing  like it was some kind of requirement, which ended up being hilariously awesome after a while. Sleeping With Sirens fans sure know how to party.

In a set list that included Here We Go, Go Go Go, The Strays, Dead Walker Texas Ranger, Kick Me, Better Off Dead and the closing song If You Can’t Hang, there were plenty of highlights on a Wednesday night in the heart of the universe – Times Square – but by far the best part of the show was the endless energy of the people in the crowd. I love shows where the crowd gets so into it that they end up stealing the whole thing – Flogging Molly still has my favorite fans for dancing in the aisles back in August – Sleeping With Sirens fans sing every verse of every song in unison, and every person in the crowd knew every single song. I’ve been in love with AC/DC for 25 years and I can’t remember the lyrics to every single song they play live. It says something about the love for Sleeping With Sirens and the incredible positive energy they put forth from the stage. This show was easily one of my favorite shows of the year, not only because the band is awesome but because also because they have incredible fans who know how to have a good time.

If you haven’t seen Sleeping With Sirens, you definitely should. Fans of the band already know that, but I’m here to reinforce the fact that you’re missing out if you haven’t seen this band. Do it. Check out the photo gallery below.

Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens screams his heart out, Playstation Theater NYC
Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens screams his heart out, Playstation Theater NYC

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