Oh, Sleeper, the american metal band from Fort Worth, TX performed live in Lawrence, KS. This show was packed with their hits like Endseekers and The Finisher. It was a momentous performance from the band as it showed their passion for music still exists. While on a short tour to gain momentum for their upcoming record “Bloodied//Unbowed”, vocalist Micah Kinard cleared up the confusion and speculation surrounding what is next for the band.
Your name was derived from Ephesians 5:14 ” Therefore it says, awake o sleeper and arise from the dead and Christ will shine on you.” What meaning does that have for you guys?
Well, its really well known that the band is comprised of a bunch of different beliefs. So, we are not a big christian band. I (Micha) am a big christian and I write all the lyrics. But the bands supports me in taking whatever platform I want to. To us as a whole, that verse means, wake up and do what you were meant to do.
Can you tell me about how and when you guys formed? Why did you feel like you were meant to wake up and form the band, Oh Sleeper?
At the time we formed the band, we were all about to get out of music and we found each other. It was a bunch of like minds meeting together. It was kind of like a bunch of puzzle pieces. Instead of giving up why don’t we give this one more chance, you know.
While I was reading about the band and the member changes, I was wondering if the member changes caused the band to stray from the christian roots. Were you guys founded as a christian band? How did the christian label come to be place on the band?
Though we joined Solid State, which is a christian label. I’d say that to every measure that people find a demographic on the band, we fell into a christian band at the beginning. I have always been indifferent to it, because I find that as a band is more the people involved than the music they produce. So, in that regard we have never been a christian band, we are an agglomerate of different beliefs.
I brought this up because on Wikipedia you guys are listed as a Christian metal band. It really threw me off on what to expect of you.
We are terrible about social media. I got on and said I am going to fix this Wikipedia. I got on there, I amended it, I changed everything. So it could be American metal band, blah, blah, blah. I updated everyone’s profiles. This is who we are, this is what we believe, this is what the lyrics are about. And then the next day someone had amended and corrected it back.
So, you raised about fifty grand on an online fundraiser. How long did it take you to raise that amount of money?
Not long, it was like a month or two months, we didn’t run it for long.
Sounds like you guys have a really good fan base.
Yeah, very supportive, but it has been weird because when we finished that we went on Warped Tour. That’s when this fissure when through the center of the band and priorities shifted. We had to kind of figure out where we were. We all knew that we owed another album. So, we knew that was going to happen, but sucking on social media as we do. All these rumors started going that we were done. That we took the money and ran.
Is that where we are now, with you working on ?
Yeah, exactly after really thinking about it and after three years of retrospect where everyone started this when we were teenagers and now we are thirty. A lot happens in that gap.
Then there are members in the band, members falling off and getting new members. There is just so much to figure out. After we weighed it all out, we decided no matter what we have to put another album. Our fans backed us more than we thought, we can’t just do an EP we have to do a full album.
It’s worth the wait though, knowing that you guys are putting so much time and effort into the new album “Bloodied//Unbowed”, to give back to the fans. It’s awesome.
We are so excited. That is what this run is about. We didn’t really rep it that long, we just wanted to get out and see who cared.
Have you guys had a good turn out?
We have had great turn outs and we have had awesome talks with people. Its really been rekindling to the flame of our band and motivation. I think it’s going to be great to take what we have gained from this tour back home and put it in our new album.
There you have it, the fans are what matters to this band. By fans showing their continued support for the music, we end up with deep, thought out and well produced music. This support and musical outcome really demonstrates just how important it is to show, that you appreciate the hard work and dedication behind the music.
Without a release date for the upcoming record “Bloodied//Unbowed”, fans are left waiting for this epic chapter from Oh, Sleeper. In knowing what heart and hard work has been put into this creative endeavor, it is safe to say that it is well worth the wait.