Nottingham’s produced a lot of legends. Robin Hood… erm… the Sheriff of Nottingham (come on, Rickman stole that film)… OK, so not that many that spring to mind. But Sleep In Motion could well be next. The band’s guitarist, Ryan, takes us through our Headline Act feature…
We are all originally from Nottingham UK.
How did you meet?
Me and Alex met through playing in a band together for a few years and became really close friends. We started this band actually as a side project however this then became our full time musical venture. Lewis and Alex have been good friends for years, so when the position of a bass player was required, Alex knew just the man!
How long have you been playing as a band?
We’ve been together just under two years so not a long time at all. We hope for many more happy years together though.
Before you get sick of being asked… Where does the band name come from?
Me and Alex (drums) were in another band a few years back and we had a sound engineer who was adamant that he couldn’t go to sleep while moving on the tour bus. Turns out he was the first asleep every night and snored violently and kept us up a lot of the time. He still claimed he couldn’t ‘Sleep in Motion’ and this became a running joke for a while and kinda stuck.
What are your influences?
I like to listen to a lot of different music really and make the most of all the different music out there. I can go from listening to a sound track by someone like Hans Zimmer to going back to my favourites Avenged Sevenfold. So, I mean, I try not to listen to one specific genre especially when writing. It’s nice to have an open mind while in the creative process.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
I’d like to say that I think we are unique especially on the album as we didn’t specifically tie ourselves to one genre. I think when you listen to the album you can hear each song has it’s own feel and almost own genre. We defiantly wanted to create an album that wasn’t just a straight forward metal album or hard rock album. we really tried to make a dynamically different album and we are really proud of what we have created.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
The album theme really centres around my own anxieties around death and the end of life. I used to be terrified of the felling of nothingness so lyrically this album is very much a reflection of me coming to terms with my own anxieties around our mortality.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We love to entertain. It’s a show and when it boils down to it, fans pay to see a show and we want to give them a great experience while they’re seeing us. We’ve played a lot of shows now but we are really looking forward to the album tour kicking off on November 10th.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
I use a Gibson Les Paul through a Blackstar head and I have a really simple pedal board set up of a DS1, Small clone and a tuner. I’m kind of a technophobe with guitar gear, I like to keep it simple as then there is less to go wrong on the night!
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our debut album Existential drops on November 10th on all streaming platforms and is also available on vinyl and CD over on our website.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
We will be promoting the debut album dropping so we are touring from November to December then back to it in Spring next year all over the UK.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Ryan: I’d love to open up for Avenged Sevenfold’s current tour in the US with Falling in Reverse as main support. That would be incredible.
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