BAND: Sleep For Sleepers | INTERVIEWER: Bryce Cooley | DATE: July 19th, 2010
(Bryce) Will you please start by introducing yourself and the band you're in?
(Jamey) My name is Jamey Price. I sing and play guitar in the band Sleep For Sleepers.
(Bryce) Can you describe Sleep for Sleepers stylistically for those who haven't heard you?
(Jamey) We like to classify ourselves as alternative rock. It's hard narrowing down, which is in itself becoming a cliche thing to say, but, I’d rather not have to explain what we sound like. Kids either listen or don't. They either compare us to other bands or don't. I like to think we have some originality in some sense.
(Bryce) Yeah, "who do you guys sound like" can be one of the most difficult questions to answer.
(Jamey) Yeah. It's like... "well, who cares." If we sound exactly like someone, then what's the point? that's just my view, of course.
(Bryce) Well, we happen to share that view. I noticed you guys seem to be pretty involved in Compassion International. How long has that been going on? How did that get started?
(Jamey) We have been teamed up with Compassion for about a year now. I believe we started last summer, but a few tours previous to that, we toured with a band called Abandon Kansas who worked with them. As a band, we had been thinking of how we could use our money and our time on stage in a better and more effective way and had been wanting to team up with some kind of organization. After touring with them and seeing how it worked, we were stoked on the idea, so we contacted our manager and he hooked us up with Paul who works with different artists within Compassion and started working with them. We find it very important to give our time as a band to different things other than simply music, making it more of a ministry on our end, and trying to help others not only in the states, but around the world as well.
(Bryce) That's awesome. For those who don't know. How exactly does it work? Meaning from when someone sponsors a child to what the child receives. Do you know much of the process?
(Jamey) Yes, basically you pick up a kid at a show by filling out your information on within the packets of the kids, and you can determine how you want to make the monthly payments by either putting in your credit card information or opting out to just send a check through mail. Once everything is set up and mailed out (which is what we do), Compassion contacts you through mail with information about your kid and just more about the organization, and you always have the option of writing to your kid, which they have translators in every country. So over the course of you sponsoring a child, you can be in contact with them and frequently get updates with how your kid is doing in school and in life in general. Just a really cool process to show someone that you love them, with not even having to know them.
(Bryce) So for awhile you guys were signed to a subsidiary of Facedown Records, Dreamt Records. What drew you to Dreamt in the first place and what made you decide to part ways?
(Jamey) Yes, we were. We basically played a show with one of their bands (My Epic... which you should check out) and the owner of the label was at the show to see them. After we played, he approached us and showed some sort of interest, and a few months later contacted us on myspace, and over time wrote up a contact, and we were signed. Towards the end, we wanted to make another record, but there just weren't many funds to fund it, so it just made more sense to leave and do it on our own. There is no bitterness whatsoever. We still love them, the employees, and the bands. They have our support.
(Bryce) Everybody loves a happy ending. I have always appreciated Facedown Records because time and time again their bands are very honest about their faith. Is it a similar atmosphere as far as Dreamt Records is concerned?
(Jamey) Definitely. All the bands show a huge interest in doing it for the Lord rather than themselves. Let's face it, this isn't a money making industry when you sign to indie labels and whatnot, but Facedown and Dreamt bands keep the integrity that was lost a long time ago in the industry.
(Bryce) May I ask, how long have you been in "the scene"?
(Jamey) For about six years. Sleep For Sleepers has existed within it for about two, with heavy touring and being gone, but for quite some time now...
(Bryce) I've been around for awhile and it seems to me that there are far fewer Christian based bands that are as forthcoming with their faith lyrically or through lifestyle, Why do you think that is?
(Jamey) It's true. I’m at the point where i ask the question "Ss it even worth it to call ourselves a christian band? what does that mean? does it really matter?" and to me, I would rather live it out, then put some label on myself. I want to be known for loving the Lord, and loving His people. that's it. It's plain. It's simple.
(Bryce) It does seem to be a trend, especially in the Indie scene. It brings to mind an old quote by St. Francis of Assisi "preach the gospel at all times, when necessary use words." I think it is important as a Christian in a band to show Christ in our lives as often as we can and use the opportunities that arise to share Christ.
(Jamey) I fully agree. At times, I need to watch what i'm doing and saying as well. i fall into that just like every single one of us can at times.
(Bryce) We are all human after all.
(Bryce) So let's talk a little bit about "What has been done will be done again." releasing July 29th (my birthday). Am I reaching in assuming this title is an allusion to the book of Ecclesiastes?
(Jamey) You are fully correct. There are some references to some of the verse and passages within the book throughout the whole cd.
(Bryce) I noticed the song "Meaningless! Meaningless!" which is unmistakably Solomon esque. Can you give us an idea of what we can expect when we buy this CD? Where will it be available come July?
(Jamey) Well, it is only going to be released digitally in hopes to save money for the band. You can get it on itunes, and if you come to a show, you can buy a download card that includes three extra songs. It's just the cheap way to do it, and makes the most sense for us. You can expect a huge maturity shift in the writing and song structure. Just with growing up, i've learned more on how to piece things together, and went through some heavy heavy times dealing with love and my relationship with the Lord, so the whole cd is a struggle to be something new, something different, amidst the unoriginality surrounding us. It's recognizing that everything has been done before, so we will fall into that. But ultimately, if we are truly doing this for the Lord and seeking Him out, He will create something new and unique within us. Hopefully the listeners will see that.
(Bryce) In seven words, tell us why we should buy this CD.
(Jamey) we wrote what you've needed to hear.
(Bryce) haha, awesome
(Jamey) how is that for some conceitedness? We really aren't that conceited, but we believe in what we are coming out with.
(Bryce) For sure.
(Bryce) What are the top five bands you, Jamey, are listening to and other people should also.
Jimmy Eat World
Future Of Forestry
This Day & Age
* As I was interviewing Jamey I was looking over their myspace and this add showed up, so I decided to send it to him.
(Bryce) this is the AD I got on upon visiting your myspace
(Jamey) haha what the
(Bryce) haha, so thanks for introducing me to my future husband
(Bryce) This may be more difficult. Top bands bands you guys have toured with?
The Red Airplanes
The Radiance Effect,
High Flight Society
Hazel And Vine
(Bryce) Three of your funniest tour memories.
Our drummer ran out of gas in Colorado, so we had to push the van and trailer for a couple miles to the next stop. sucked, but i enjoyed the moment with my best friends.
Running around in Colorado with our friend Ryan and playing human frogger (we were on a overpass, and were acting as if we were jumping over the oncoming cars)
We did a tour with Josiah James, and while he was driving, the van broke down. our bass player Jon convinced him that it was his fault, then after a minute told him he was playing. Seeing Josiah's reaction was unforgettable.
(Bryce) hahahah... Oh Josiah...
(Jamey) tell me about it.
Bryce: In the opportunities that arise in talking to people at your shows are there any moments that stick out to you in the sense that God had you there "for such a time as this?"
(Jamey) Yes. I remember playing near Vegas about a year ago, and we played a worship song at the end of our set. I guess a girl accepted the Lord after we played, and asked her friend that she was with some questions. That right there is why we do what we do. Plain and simple. We have always attempted to make it as far away as could be from us, and center in on something greater... something bigger.
(Bryce) Awesome, can't think of a better way to end it. Jamey thanks for taking time to talk with us.
(Bryce) Anything people who read this can be praying for you about?
(Jamey) Well, we might be taking a break form touring just to gain financial stability. But, please just pray for us financially, and to get along with each other. Living in close quarters with your friends is not an easy task to complete, but we make it work. Thank you for allowing me to do this though I really appreciate it.
(Bryce) Our pleasure for sure, and be sure to get your new CD to Kyle so we can get a review up. I look forward to reading the review and getting the CD.
(Jamey) I already did. So whip that boy into action haha
(Bryce) Consider him whipped.
I would rather live it out, then put some label on myself. I want to be known for loving the Lord, and loving His people. that's it. It's plain. It's simple. - Jamey
I remember playing near Vegas about a year ago, and we played a worship song at the end of our set. I guess a girl accepted the Lord after we played, and asked her friend that she was with some questions. That right there is why we do what we do. - Jamey
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