The Sleeping Souls Releases Debut Album “Just Before The World Starts Burning”
British rock band The Sleeping Souls, consisting of Tarrant Anderson (bass), Matt Nasir (piano), Callum Green (drums), Ben Lloyd (guitar) and Cahir O'Doherty (vocals), released their debut album “Just Before The World Starts Burning” on November 24, 2023.
The album comprises 12-track, and was recorded over the last 3 years between Frank Turner's rehearsal space in Oxford and Badlands studios in Ireland.
The band has toured alongside British punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner for over a decade, having previously recorded six studio albums.
The band decided now was time to branch out with their own independent project, and released the debut album.
The band lead singer Cahir O'Doherty said of the album, “It's been a very collaborative experience with everyone bringing ideas and throwing them into the mixing pot... Lyrically the album touches on a few different subjects - lost love, frustration, escapism and obsession - but at its core it's about my relationship with my family. The process of writing and recording this album has been cathartic and helped me survive.”
- The band explained some tracks for the album.
“Caught Up In The Scrape”
“'Caught Up In The Scrape' is a song about utter disillusionment with politics and political leaders. Modern liberal societies are complex webs of trust relations, but trust has bled out through sustained failure of our politics to be fit for purpose. Cahir grew up and has spent most of his life in Northern Ireland where these failures have been, and continue to be, particularly acute. Until our political class are transparent about their shortcomings, acknowledge mistakes and, in the most egregious cases, accept consequences, political agitation will continue to heat until one day - perhaps not too long from now - it will boil.”
“Scared Of Living”
“Living your life through cameras and apps isn’t living. Everyone is trying to live up to a version of themselves that doesn’t really exist in the real world, and you can’t have your own opinions for fear of being lambasted publicly. Even though we’ve moved forward technologically, old institutions still inform everything we do. We need to break free, but at what cost”
“Weathering The Storm”
“'Weathering The Storm' is about being caught up in a situation that is completely out of your control. And trying to navigate your way through as best you can. It was written around the time Russia threatened to nuke Ireland and the UK. They had an animation that they showed on Russian TV of it being dropped off the coast of Donegal and obliterating everything — all of this just after I had moved there, of course! The stress of possible nuclear fallout coupled with some personal family struggles at the time helped me imagine an escape to a nearby island where I could survive the fallout.”
“'Rivals' is about sibling rivalry: the anger and isolation you can feel being part of a family that's breaking apart, and how it can be detrimental to your mental health. Sometimes the people closest can be the most cruel, jealous and manipulative. I've experienced this myself and this song is a direct response to that. We wrote 'Rivals' last year while on tour. We try to be as productive as possible out on the road. Days off, hotel rooms, venue dressing rooms, the back lounge of the bus - anywhere we can grab a wee corner to write. Matt wrote this killer riff and even as an early demo it had instant impact.”
“We lie to ourselves and each other as easy as drawing breath. Every lover lies. Liar Lover is about that moment in the breakdown of a relationship when you accept that there’s no repair: only ownership of your own part in its failure.”
Photo by Lukas Rauch
- source : Apple Music