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The shores of Long Island, NY are known for producing some of the most influential names in rock. Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Straylight Run, and many others have been born into notoriety out of the Long Island scene. Just as it looked like all hope was lost and every band was becoming faded carbon copies of one another, another Long Island export, The Sleeping, came along to shake things up and insert sincerity and originality back into underground rock.
The band has been writing forward-thinking, dynamic, multi-faceted songs that are as infectious as they are innovative since their inception in 2003. After they released their first full length album Believe What We Tell You (2004), Chicago's Victory Records immediately took notice and signed The Sleeping to its roster. Perhaps the breaking point for the band was the tour that they did with Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, and Matchbook Romance in October 2004 where their national buzz really started bubbling over.
The Sleeping hit the studio in February 2006 with Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner at Applehead Studios (Coheed and Cambria, Straylight Run) to record their Victory debut, Questions and Answers (2006). These songs are packed with undeniable hooks and contemporary textures, but their sonic landscapes are a lot like atmospheric and progressive bands from the 90's like Incubus and At The Drive In.
From breakdowns to bongos, Questions And Answers forges its own path and has a lot of depth that is often neglected by many fledgling bands. Lyrically, Questions And Answers touches on some very heavy-handed issues such as dealing with the untimely death of a friend, failed relationships, and lost love. Questions And Answers is an undeniably moody record and was titled as such to remind the listeners to question themselves and their surrounding environment.