"Questions and Answers" (Victory Records; 2006)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

I would label this band under the punk/alternative rock category. They have some progressive urges wriggling around in them too and they have a gutsy attitude when playing. With so many emo bands crying in their Red Bull, The Sleeping come in and put their cigarettes out in your open can.

There is a certain stylish way they write songs on "Questions and Answers." It’s not just the standard three minute, three chords  blah blah blah. The guitar work is very out there on a couple of tunes, and that makes them seem a little more than your standard punk. They do have that emo sound on a few tunes, but that’s just the lead singer's style. Since the guitar is so good and the drums pound heavily, I can forgive the vocals.

The songs tend to sound the same after a while but it’s a good listen-through at least once. You can come back to it later and peel the layers of guitar from each song to get the full effect.

The best sleepers here are “Heart Beatz,” “The Climb,” “The Big Breakdown,” and “3 Cigarettes.”

The Sleeping: Douglas Robinson – vocals; Cameron Keym – guitars, keyboards; Salvatore Mignano – bass; Joseph Zizzo – drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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