For All Those Sleeping

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For All Those Sleeping
Origin St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA
Genres Metalcore
Years active 2007–2014
Labels Fearless
Website forallthosesleeping.com
Past members Mike Champa
David Volgman-Stevens
London Snetsinger
Ethan Trekell
Jerad Pierskalla

For All Those Sleeping was an American metalcore band formed in St. Cloud, Minnesota in 2007. The band released three studio albums, Cross Your Fingers, Outspoken, and Incomplete Me. They announced their breakup on October 9, 2014.

History[edit]

Formation and Cross Your Fingers (2007-2011)[edit]

For All Those Sleeping was formed in 2007 while Mike Champa, Jerad Pierskalla, David Volgman-Stevens and Ethan Trekell were still in high school. Their self-released their 2007 demo and 2008 EP "The Lies We Live" featured the band's original sound which combined melodic sounds with pop punk influences, and brutal breakdowns. The band would later add bassist/vocalist London Snetsinger, replacing guitarist/keyboardist David Volgman-Steven's duties as the band's main clean vocalist. As their local fanbase grew, the band gained the attention of Fearless Records, and were signed in the spring of 2010.[1]

During the following months, the band was announced as supporting acts for multiple bands. In May they were announded as supporting acts for a short June tour featuring Honor Bright with From First To Last[2] The band was also announced as support for Drop Dead Gorgeous's headlining tour along with Sleeping With Sirens, Attila, Abandon All Ships, Woe, Is Me and Scarlett O'Hara.[3]

On June 25, 2010 the band announced pre-order bundles for their forthcoming album, Cross Your Fingers set for a July 20th release. The band also released their debut single from the album, "Never Leave Northfield".[4] The second single, "Outbreak of Heartache" was released on July 13 through PureVolume[5]

Their debut, Cross Your Fingers, released on July 20, through Fearless Records, was met with mostly mixed reviews.[6] The album was heavily influenced by the bands love of horror films, and of their hometown's history, evident in songs "Outbreak of Heartache" and "Never Leave Northfield", the latter of the two based on Jesse James and the James Gang's final bank robbery in Minnesota.

Following the release of the album, the band toured extensively to promote their debut. On September 9, 2010 the band was announced as part of A Skylit Drive's November headlining tour with Motionless in White, Woe, Is Me and Scarlett O'Hara.[7]

The band contributed "Maybe This Christmas" to the Fearless Records' Christmas Compilation.[8]

On December 16, 2010 the band were announced as part of the The Smart Punk Tour with The Word Alive, Upon a Burning Body, Abandon All Ships and the The Color Morale beginning in March and ending in April.[9]

During 2011, the band participated in multiple tours, two prominent ones being the "2011 All Star Tour" in the summer, and the "Fearless Friends Tour" in the fall. They toured with After the Burial, Attila, Memphis May Fire, Motionless in White, Chelsea Grin and Sleeping With Sirens during the All Star, Tour[10] and with fellow Fearless acts blessthefall, Motionless in White and The Word Alive during the fall.[11]

August 17, 2011 the band was announced to support Falling in Reverse on their US headlining tour with Eyes Set to Kill beginning in September and ending in October.[12]

The band released a music video for their song, "I'm Not Dead Yet" from their debut album, "Cross Your Fingers" during early October.[13] The band later contributed their cover of Taylor Swift's song "You Belong With Me" as part of Fearless Records' Punk Goes Pop Volume 4. [14][15]

Outspoken (2012-2013)[edit]

On January 17, 2012 the band announced that they would be entering the studio with Cameron Mizell to begin recording their second album. Vocalist Mike Champa released the following statement along with their studio announcement: "Fans can expect an honest album that’s influenced by the experiences we’ve gone through this past year on and off the road. These experiences really are what make the lyrics on this next album so much more relatable and open. Also, it’s a lot heavier than Cross Your Fingers. We’re excited for fans to hear it!"[16][17]

In February 2012 the band announced that they had finished recording their second album. [18]

On March 5, 2012 the band announced their spring US tour "The Soundrink Tour with direct support from In Fear and Faith, Dream On, Dreamer, Casino Madrid and Adestria. [19]

On April 25, 2012 the band released their new song, "Mark My Words" which is the first single from their second album, "Outspoken".[20] The lyric video was released on May 7, 2012.[21] Later that month a lyric video for their new single, "Once a Liar (Always a Fake)" was released and the release date for their forthcoming album was announced.[22]

Outspoken, was released on June 19, 2012. The album showcased a much heavier metalcore sound with more prominent usage of screaming vocals and limited use of pop punk style choruses which were featured regularly on their debut. This released was met with mostly average to positive reviews, most noting their improvement in their overall sound, and lyrical content,[23] while also noting the stark similarities to other bands of their genre such as A Day to Remember. [24] Prior to and following their second release the band toured with In Fear and Faith, and Attack! Attack!

On August 19, 2012 the band was announced as part of the 2012 Scream It Like You Mean It Tour along with Woe, Is Me, Impending Doom, Abandon All Ships, Secrets, and Volumes. [25]

On December 14, 2012 the band was announced as support for I See Stars' The Filthy February Tour with fellow supporting acts Get Scared, At the Skylines and Upon This Dawning. [26]

On February 4, 2013 the band released their music video for, "Mark My Words".[27] Towards the end of February the band was announced as support for Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!'s long awaited US headlining tour with fellow support from City Lights and Upon This Dawning.[28]

On April 4, 2013 the band was announced as part of the 2013 All Stars Tour alongside fellow acts; Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin, Veil of Maya, Terror, Stray from the Path, Capture the Crown, Iwrestledabearonce, DayShell and Volumes. On August 21, 2013 the band was announced as part of the Rise Up Tour supporting A Skylit Drive's new release with fellow supporting acts Wolves At the Gate, I the Mighty, and Pvris. [29]

Incomplete Me and Break-up (2014)[edit]

On January 1, 2014, the band was announced to be working on new music based on Fearless Records YouTube video announcing music being released by the label in the coming year by label artist.[30]

On March 6, 2014, the band announced they would be playing all of Warped Tour 2014, along with PVRIS, The Summer Set, Get Scared, Dangerkids, DayShell, Heart to Heart, Pacific Dub, DJ Nicola Bear, Watsky, Wax and One oK Rock.[31]

On May 7, 2014 the band announced that they would be releasing a new album, Incomplete Me through Fearless Records on June 23 during their time on this years Warped Tour. Along with the announcement the band released a song teaser for "Crosses" the first single from the album. [32] On May 14th the official lyric video for "Crosses" was released.[33]

The band premiered the music video for title track "Incomplete Me" on June 3 through Revolver magazine. They also released the single version on iTunes the same day.[34] The video is now being streamed on the Fearless Records YouTube channel. The full album was streamed the day after the initial release. Incomplete Me was released to mostly mixed to positive reviews, but charted at #2 on both the iTunes Rock and the iTunes Metal Charts.


It was announced on October 9th 2014 that the band had decided to split in Facebook post

"To all of our fans, friends and family,

When we started this band seven years ago, we had three simple goals. To travel the world, write music that we cared about, and share it with as many people as possible. 22 tours, four continents, 18 countries and four albums later we feel like we have accomplished that goal and now it's time for us to start the next chapter in our lives. We want it to be clear that we are not breaking up. The same five guys who started this crazy dream are still the same five guys and friends today. We have just decided to put an end to For All Those Sleeping. We want to thank all of our fans for all of the support and memories over the years and as often as it is said, we truly believe we have the best fans period. The Not Your American Idols Tour will be our last tour and our final shows will be in Minnesota on November 14th and Fargo on November 15th. We are making this announcement now so that we can give our fans a chance to see us one last time and so that we can say all of our goodbyes. We look forward to seeing you all at these final shows and cannot express how thankful we are for each and every one of you. Alone we may be lost but together we stood tall.

- Mike, London, David, Jerad and Ethan"

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
Year Album Label Chart peaks[35]
US
2010 Cross Your Fingers Fearless Records -
2012 Outspoken 98
2014 Incomplete Me 79
EPs

The Lies We Live (Self-Released, 2008)

Music Videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2010 "Favorite Liar" Cole Dabney
2011 "I'm Not Dead Yet" n/a
2012 "Mark My Words" Cody Blue Snider
2014 "Incomplete Me" Dan Centrone
2014 "Poison Party (Famous)" Josiah Van Dien

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sean Reid. "For All Those Sleeping Sign To Fearless Records". Alter the Press. 
  2. ^ Blake Solomon (May 2, 2010). "Honor Bright Touring with FFTL". Absolute Punk. 
  3. ^ "Drop Dead Gorgeous Headling Tour". Under The Gun Review. May 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ Grant Trimboli (June 25, 2010). "For All Those Pre-ordering". Under The Gun Review. 
  5. ^ Blake Solomon (July 13, 2010). "For All Those New Songs". Absolute Punk. 
  6. ^ Oakland L. Childers (July 16, 2010). "For All Those Sleeping - Cross Your Fingers". Alternative Press. 
  7. ^ "New Skylit Drive Dates". Absolute Punk. September 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Fearless Records release Christmas compilation". Under The Gun Review. November 29, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Note To Self: Buy Eyeliner Before Show (Funny and Current Joke!)". Absolute Punk. December 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Emmure, Alesana, I Wrestled A Bear Once and 12 Other Bands Set For "2011 All Stars Tour"". Alter the Press. 
  11. ^ "Fearless Friends Tour". Absolute Punk. 
  12. ^ Tori Thomas (August 17, 2011). "Falling In Reverse fall tour dates". Under The Gun Review. 
  13. ^ Grant Trimboli (October 8, 2011). "For All Those Sleeping Release Music Video". Under The Gun Review. 
  14. ^ "For All Those Sleeping Cover Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me"". Alter the Press. 
  15. ^ James Shotwell (November 13, 2011). "STREAM: For All Those Sleeping – You Belong To Me (Taylor Swift Cover)". Under The Gun Review. 
  16. ^ "For All Those Sleeping To Start Recording New Album This Week". Alter the Press. January 2012. 
  17. ^ Grant Trimboli (January 17, 2012). "For All Those Sleeping Recording Process". Under The Gun Review. 
  18. ^ "For All Those Sleeping Finish Recording New Album". Alter the Press. February 2012. 
  19. ^ Grant Trimboli (March 5, 2012). "For All Those Sleeping US Tour Details". Under The Gun Review. 
  20. ^ Grant Trimboli (April 25, 2012). "For All Those Sleeping Stream New Song “Mark My Words”". Under The Gun Review. 
  21. ^ Grant Trimboli (May 10, 2012). "Lyric Video: For All Those Sleeping – Mark My Words". Under The Gun Review. 
  22. ^ Grant Trimboli (May 30, 2012). "Lyric Video: For All Those Sleeping – Once A Liar (Always A Fake)". Under The Gun Review. 
  23. ^ Kriston McConnell (July 16, 2012). "Review: For All Those Sleeping – Outspoken". Under The Gun Review. 
  24. ^ "For All Those Sleeping - Outspoken". Sputnik Music. June 20, 2012. 
  25. ^ Grant Trimboli (April 19, 2012). "Woe, Is Me And 5 Other Bands Added To SILYMI Tour". Under The Gun Review. 
  26. ^ Anthony Galasso (December 14, 2012). "I See Stars Announce Headlining Tour This February". Under The Gun Review. 
  27. ^ Leanne Cushing (February 4, 2013). "Misic Video: For All Those Sleeping – “Mark My Words”". Under The Gun Review. 
  28. ^ Matthew Leimkuehler (February 25, 2013). "Chunk! No, Captain Chunk Announce Spring Tour Dates". Under The Gun Review. 
  29. ^ James Shotwell (April 4, 2013). "Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin, Terror, And More Announced For 2013 All Stars Tour". Under The Gun Review. 
  30. ^ "Coming in 2014". Fearless Records. 
  31. ^ Troy Sennett (March 6, 2014). "A Dozen Bands Added To Warped Tour Lineup". Under The Gun Review. 
  32. ^ Kriston McConnell (May 7, 2014). "For All Those Sleeping Announce New Album & Stream Single Teaser". Under The Gun Review. 
  33. ^ Revolver (May 13, 2014). "For All Those Sleeping Premiere New Song, “Crosses”". Revolver Magazine. 
  34. ^ Revolver (June 3, 2014). "For All those Sleeping Premiere New Music Video, “Incomplete Me”". Revolver Magazine. 
  35. ^ "For All Those Sleeping Billboard". 

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