Check out their new tracks "Anti-Social” and “Haunt Me.” They take everything you know and love about While She Sleeps — clattering riffs, bruising breakdowns, snarling lyrics, and big-ass singalongs — and stick them in a blender. It's punk, it's heavy metal, it couldn't be any other band but them, and yet it sounds unlike anything you've heard from them before. It's the sound of While She Sleeps reborn with the attitude of "We've let our hair down and we've got our bollocks out. I'm not fucking about. I'm not cutting corners. I've been writing like this will be my last album."
Some bands play it safe when it comes to taking their next steps. But then again — While She Sleeps have never been "some band." The Sheffield quintet has made a career out of confounding expectations, be it through their dizzying blend of crushing metal, guttural hardcore and arena-worthy hooks, or the way they've carried themselves over an explosive, 13-year career.
Their last album, 2017's You Are We was a testament to the power of self-belief and determination. It was crowdfunded and released on the band's own Sleeps Brothers label and earned them award nominations from the likes of Metal Hammer and a Best Album win at the Heavy Music Awards, as well as landing them in the top ten of the UK album charts.
Recorded with producer Carl Bown at the band’s self-built studio Sleeps Audio, SO WHAT? promises to be another defiant step forwards. Set for release on Sleeps Brothers in collaboration with metal mega-label Spinefarm, this new record sees While She Sleeps working with a major label again for the first time since 2015's Brainwashed, and the band are at pains to point out that this won't mean there'll be any compromise in their vision.
The band will be touring the U.S. this April with Architects and Thy Art Is Murder, as well. Dates are here.