About nine years ago, Sleeping With Sirens dropped their first music video with the ever-popular “If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn.” Since then, the AP cover stars have been producing stunning visuals, and naturally, some turned out to be more appealing than others.
In observance of their upcoming full-length, How It Feels To Be Lost, we gathered all of their music videos since the band’s inception and rated them least to most satisfying.
15. “With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear”
“With Ears To See And Eyes To Hear” is an extremely powerful call-out anthem, but its music video doesn’t match its intensity. We get a glimpse into what touring was like for Sleeping With Sirens nine years ago, but this one deserves its own visual, not just the backing track for a montage.
We all deserve to have some fun, and in “Cheers,” that’s exclusively what the group are interested in. While the video encompasses the whole meaning of the track, with SWS walking the streets having a good time, the visual itself isn’t too exciting.
13. “Go Go Go”
Imagine you’re driving down the road and happen to see a member of SWS attempting to twirl a sign advertising their latest album. The group give good old-fashioned street advertising a shot, and we’re not entirely sure if it went well, but it was hilarious anyway.
12. “If You Can’t Hang”
The use of water in the video for “If You Can’t Hang” is subtle yet effective. Former drummer Gabe Barham really shines as droplets fly everywhere while he’s hitting his kit. They kept it simple on this one, playing in a single room to give a more intimate performance.
11. “Agree To Disagree”
“Agree To Disagree” is one of SWS’ newer heavier tracks from the upcoming album, but the visual doesn’t do it justice. The camera work is on point, but the lights can be distracting and take away from the band’s performance.
10. “Better Off Dead”
A despondent tale of a young woman trying to find herself in a world that looks beautiful on the outside while being torn to bits on the inside is what you’ll witness in this video. Sleeping With Sirens produced a hard-hitting track with “Better Off Dead,” and the visual complements the aesthetic well.
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9. “Congratulations” (feat. Matty Mullins)
Featuring Memphis May Fire’s Matty Mullins, nerdy do-gooders go up against big-headed jerks which just so happen to look like SWS and Mullins themselves. There’s a “Congratulations” in order for the underdogs because in the end, they come out on top. It’s a charming video fitting the song well.
8. “Kick Me”
In 2014, Sleeping With Sirens announced their departure from Rise Records and released this track as the first single off Madness with Epitaph. “Kick Me” can be heard as a middle finger to their haters, and the video brings together a diverse group of individuals.
7. “Alone” (feat. Machine Gun Kelly)
SWS are trapped along with Machine Gun Kelly in their alluring visual for “Alone.” The shots were smooth and captured the vibe of the lab, making the viewer feel like they were actually looking at the band through the windows. Whether the video connects with the song isn’t entirely clear, but it’s still a riveting effort.
6. “The Strays”
Sometimes it’s good to be a stray, and in this music video, the band celebrate the freedom that comes with it. Coupled with the track, the visual is balmy expression of what it means to be punk. The world may try to change you, but the most rebellious thing you can do is stay true to yourself.
5. “Roger Rabbit”
This is a track one of your friends could play during an evening at the beach by the campfire, so it makes sense that the video was shot on the sand and water. Much like “Roger Rabbit,” its accompanying video is soft and breezy. It lets the music speak for itself and doesn’t overwhelm the viewer.
4. “If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn”
Sleeping With Sirens made their video debut with a bang. “If I’m James Dean, You’re Audrey Hepburn” is one of their more well-known tracks and continues to garner more attention as it boasts more than 53 million views, and with good reason. Their performance of the song is featured throughout, but there’s shots in between highlighting a couple fighting to be together. It’s a perfect balance and keeps the video from getting stale.
Compiling covers of the track and shots of frontman Kellin Quinn singing alone surrounded by photos while the rest of the group joins in later, “Legends” is a wholesome piece that gave their audience a chance to share their voice. It served as a personal thank you from Sleeping With Sirens to their fanbase and was put together seamlessly, giving each individual a chance in their own spotlight.
2. “Leave It All Behind”
“Leave It All Behind” was the first taste of SWS returning to their post-hardcore roots after the release of the pop-centric Gossip in 2017. From Quinn jumping out of a window to the entire band having water fill boxes around their heads, the video is dark, but it provides viewers with a breathtaking look at what depression and anxiety can feel like without making mental illness look like a gimmick.
1. “Do It Now Remember It Later”
There are times when it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission, and this visual is a testament to that. The music video for “Do It Now Remember It Later” could’ve been turned into its own feature film, as the artistry and clarity are ahead of its time. Sure, it’s just a few punks up to no good, but if we’ve learned anything about this band, it’s that Sleeping With Sirens do what they want.
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