Sleep Cycles is a band that formed in 2019 who are trying to navigate their way through the digital age during a pandemic. If this conversation has taught me anything, it’s that persistence and believing in both yourself, and your future self is key to success.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a strange time. There have been ups, and there have been downs. Things lost, and things gained. Over the course of the last year and a half, or maybe longer, I’ve made some new friends, bass player and veteran Punk/Indie rocker Andrew Earle is one of those friends.
I’ve got a long personal history with Taking Back Sunday. After my initial Classic Rock phase which lasted into my early teens, Taking Back Sunday were one of the first bands that I truly loved that weren’t specifically Classic Rock. They were my first real foray into Emo and Punk.
There’s an old quote for the book/movie High Fidelity, “What came first? The music or the misery?” I often wonder about that. What does it really mean? Could be the story of indie bands. Groups who create music only to have next to nobody ever hear it?
As a 90s kid, my teenage and young adult years saw an influx of Emo, Punk, Pop and hardcore music, which stays with me to this day. This scene was often referred to as the “second wave” of Emo/Post-Hardcore.
When I say “Emo,” what bands do you think of? What comes to mind first? For me, it’s Taking Back Sunday, Lostprophets, Hawthorne Heights, Senses Fail, The Used, Dashboard Confessional, hell, maybe even Panic! At the Disco and Fall Out Boy.
No genre should ever be defined by the worst of it, or it’s most overplayed. Doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense to me. I don’t think it makes a whole lot of sense to Tom Mullen either, as he’s devoted the last 13 years to giving us the facts on Emo with his blog/podcast, Washed Up Emo.