While She Sleeps

While She Sleeps Guitarist Speaks On New Album: “I’m Really Bored By Typical Metal Guitars At This Point”


Metal Hammer caught up with While She Sleeps guitarist Sean Long to discuss the sessions for their upcoming fourth full-length album which they have been tracking with producer Carl Brown. Speaking of where their heads are at this time around, Long offered:

“…There are a few things in there that you would never see coming. We’ve been quite inspired by a lot of stuff from our youth, that creeping sense of nostalgia that you seem to acquire as you get older, so there is a 90s feel – Green Day and Blink-182 and all those punk bands. Also, my mum used to listen to a lot of Clubland stuff, and there’s a bit of that in there too…”

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He continued:

“I mean I think you’d struggle to hear it unless you were really looking for it, but I’m really bored by typical metal guitars at this point, so I always try to look for new types of music to pull from and use for how I write riffs. Daft Punk have been a really big influence as well, and Moby.”

When asked if the album would still be heavy, he replied:

“Absolutely, it’s heavy as balls! We wanted to have the album cover be a ballsack with three balls in there. An extra helping of balls! We’re While She Sleeps and we’re always going to be heavy, but we don’t want to repeat ourselves.

We actually made a rule that we would only put stuff in if it scared us. And some of these songs have got us all pretty nervous, but that’s exciting!

That’s how music progresses! Too many of our bands are happy to tread water, and we’re not going to do that – we’re going to whip our balls out and put them on the table.”

You can read more on the effort over at Metal Hammer.