All of the greatest bands to ever plug into an amplifier wanted to change the world. Be that by their socially or politically charged lyrical narrative, their musical power and aggression standing tall to rebel against the tidal wave of shit dominating the airwaves or creating something totally unique due to the frustration and stagnation of what their peers around them are serving up. Meet Sheffield’s While She Sleeps. How do they want to change the world? By channeling all of the above into their phenomenal debut full-length album, ‘This Is The Six’.
“We want this to be an album that people can grow up to,” says guitarist and founding member, Mat Welsh. “We’ve grown up to landmark albums by Slipknot, Thrice and bands that meant the world to us and we want this album to mean the world to people. ‘The six’ means ‘Sleeps’; there’s 6 letters in the word sleeps. We’ve all got a 6 tally chart tattooed on us. We want this to be a cult that people can join and believe in and seeing the 5 grouped together next to the one is a reminder that you’re never alone. We wanted to say ‘This is While She Sleeps’ to the world.”
Since the release of their mini-album, ‘The North Stands For Nothing’, in the summer of 2010, While She Sleeps have been on a trailblazing path that has seen them become one of the fastest rising bands on the UK hard rock and metal circuits for some years. From a sold out headline tour, their tent-swelling set at last year’s Sonisphere festival, venues on this year’s prestigious Kerrang! tour having queues of people snaked around the block so that fans could get in to see Sleeps open the bill, critical acclaim across the pages of Kerrang! Metal Hammer and Rock Sound and regular plays on Radio 1, Scuzz and Kerrang! TV, the Sheffield natives have rapidly and justifiably become one of the highest regarded rock bands in Britain.