I Feel Like I'm Becoming A Ghost

The Sleeping
I Feel Like I'm Becoming A Ghost

August 18th, 2023

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The Sleeping return with emotive new single "No Light"

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After a 17-year hiatus from creating together, the original lineup of The Sleeping - Douglas Robinson (vocals), Joe Zizzo (drums), Sal Mignano (bass), and Cameron Keym (guitar/keys) - have returned with their upcoming album, I Feel Like I’m Becoming a Ghost, out August 18th. Taking their post-hardcore and alternative roots and blending it with a post-punk influence, the band have created a dynamic and emotive ten tracks. Today, The Sleeping shares “No Light,” an infectious track laced with groove filled guitar lines and Robinson’s signature vocal deliver that combines lush moments with impassioned screams. The accompanying visual is a swirl of color and vintage footage created by Adam Thomson (The Mars Volta, RX Bandits, At The Drive-In) and can be viewed below.

On the lyrical content of “No Light” Robinson states: “This was written about needing the person you love at all costs. I couldn’t get through everyday struggles I face without my partner. It’s all of your senses heightened when being close to the person who helps you feel the most sane.”

"No Light" follows lead off single " The Animal" which dropped in May and can be streamed below as well. "The Animal" showcases the quartet's undeniable chemistry, energy, and musicianship. Said about the "The Animal", the song "is written about the anxieties we deal with on a regular basis, when the world outside of our inner circle invades our personal space," explains vocalist Douglas Robinson. "As we get older, our circle often gets smaller and the world around us feels a lot more intrusive." Check it all out below.

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After coming down from the high of two sold out reunion shows in Brooklyn and on Long Island, post-punk outfit THE SLEEPING has announced their first new album in nearly 13 years featuring their original lineup that hasn’t written together in over 16 years. I Feel Like I’m Becoming A Ghost is due out on July 28th and is now available for preorder via Kickstarter. Rare items and limited edition bundles are available as well.

“Now that this is the original lineup, it feels like a massive evolution,” says vocalist Douglas Robinson. “I would describe this new record as a band that stayed true to who they are while completely reshaping the approach to their sound. This record feels way more focused from every angle, but it’s us at its core. We were never a band who copied our influences. Everything that we put out is influenced by our love for music as a whole, and not just particular bands or artists.”

On I Feel Like I'm Becoming A Ghost, The Sleeping dials in their eccentric and erratic blend of ambient indie rock, post-punk, and melodic hardcore. From the uncomfortability of unknown people entering and refusing to leave your personal space ("The Animal") to wanting to get back to the positive side of your personality ("No Light") to battling with yourself on a regular basis ("Tainted") to the crossing over of your personality from happy to anxious, frustrated and stressed ("Halcyon") - I Feel Like Becoming A Ghost shines a light on mental instability.

The album was written, recorded, and produced at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, NY with the infamous production duo Mike Birnbaum and Chris Bittner (Coheed and Cambria, Bad Brains, Weerd Science, Team Sleep) with insight from the band.