Oh, Sleeper continue the journey to their fourth studio album, Bloodied/Unbowed, with another single, teaming up with AP to share “The Island.”
The latest track follows the theme set by their 2013 EP, The Titan, which follows a story in the style of a book.
Continuing with their upcoming record, the band look to tell the tale of two characters drifting apart and coming back together, representing frontman Micah Kinard and guitarist Shane Blay.
Illustrating the band’s reunion after their hiatus, Kinard explains the rush of emotions through the metaphor of a sailor starting a mutiny and encouraging his shipmates.
“Telling everyone to forget the call that brought them there and to just ‘make it work,’ to become their own masters and carve out new lives,” Kinard says. “He builds his own kingdom, but every time he finally builds his throne, the island erupts, destroying it all. Every time he wakes up defeated, he just starts building again, determined to make it work, ignoring that this volcanic island he’s chosen to make his home will never sustain him. It simply was never meant to.”
Kinard sees Bloodied/Unbowed as a new direction with respect to their previous sound. Although he says it’s different than previous records, the vocalist is confident that fans will enjoy where they’re headed.
“I actually feel like ‘The Island’ is the perfect blend of the old When I Am God Oh, Sleeper and our new matured sound,” Kinard explains. “We’ve spent so long working on this album, writing, scrapping, rewriting, reworking every second of it, putting more thought and work into Bloodied/Unbowed than any album before it.”
Ahead of the release, Kinard shared a message for fans who’ve been with them from the beginning.
“Day one G.G. Archers have come to expect concept albums from us and for the lyrics and music to reflect each other,” he says. “I would assure them that this is still our approach and, further, that we have spent more time and thought perfecting this album for them than any other release.”
Check out the new track below.
Oh, Sleeper hit the road with Famous Last Words and Convictions in July for a string of summer dates before joining Hawthorne Heights in August. Tickets for upcoming shows are on sale now with a full list of dates below.
07/16 – Little Rock, AR @ Rev Room
07/17 – Ringgold, GA @ Cloud Springs Deli
07/18 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904
07/19 – Margate, FL @ O’Malley’s
07/20 – Ocala, FL @ Rock House
07/21 – Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
07/22 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos
07/23 – Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
07/24 – Fredericksburg, MD @ Cafe 611
07/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
07/26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kingsland
07/27 – Manchester, NH @ Bungalow
07/28 – Providence, RI @ Fete Music Hall
07/29 – Montreal, QC @ Piranha Bar
07/30 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
08/01 – Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
08/02 – London, ON @ Call the Office
08/03 – Toronto, ON @ Rockpile West
08/04 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch
08/05 – Madison, WI @ The Annex
08/06 – Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
08/07 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Icon Lounge
08/09 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
08/11 – Spokane, WA @ The Pin
08/12 – Seattle, WA @ Funhouse @ El Corazon
08/13 – Portland, OR @ Paris Theatre
08/15 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst *
08/16 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Roxy Theatre *
08/17 – Garden Grove, CA @ Garden Amphitheater *
08/18 – San Diego, CA @ The Irenic *
08/19 – Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk *
08/20 – Fresno, CA @ Full Circle Brewery *
08/21 – Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar *
08/22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
08/23 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater *
08/24 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom *
08/25 – Dallas, TX @ Trees *
08/26 – Austin, TX @ The Garage at Empire *
08/27 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar *
08/28 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger *
* with Hawthorne Heights