When Underoath called it quits at the start of 2013, singer Spencer Chamberlain was already working on what would come next. Enter: Sleepwave.
According to their Facebook page, Sleepwave is essentially a duo. Spencer sings and plays guitar, Stephen Bowman mans the bass and some additional guitar duties, and both handle some keyboard and programming work - though they do flesh out the music live as a five-piece with drums. Just knowing this, one may expect digitized "bedroom bands" we've become accustomed to a la AWOLNATION, MGMT, or Passion Pit. But, judging by the one song Sleepwave released so far - and fitting to the legacy left by Underoath - Sleepwave rock HARD. Spencer explains to Alternative Press:
I won’t do Underoath Pt. II or continue the saga with another heavy metal band; a band with screaming, in particular, is what I’m not going to do. That song is probably one of the heaviest that I have. There’s a lot more rock stuff, you know, there’s some piano-driven stuff. The people who are paying attention right now are my Underoath fans, so I’m going to give them something heavy to listen to.
As for Underoath, Chamberlain presents the decision to break up as one made by other people in the band.
To a few of us, it was shock. To other people, it was more their call. Underoath got to a point where certain people weren’t going to be there anymore. I wasn’t going to get up there without Chris [Dudley, synth/programs] or Tim [McTague, guitarist] or someone else, again. That’s probably half the reason why I did Sleepwave on my own: Because I know what it’s like to lose a member. Whether that member wrote or is on a record or not, kids look at it and don’t think it’s the same band. I’ve made it very apparent. At that point, there were about seven to nine months [between the time] Underoath decided we were going to break up and the farewell tour.
Click here to read Spencer's full interview with AP and hear their exclusive stream of Sleepwave's debut song "Rock And Roll Is Dead And So Am I".
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