Post-hardcore/pop-rock band Sleeping With Sirens moved all the way from Orlando, Florida to—of all places—Grand Rapids, Michigan. This year, signed on with Warner Bros for the quite excellent Gossip album, the band's fifth in total, after years on punk indie labels such as Rise and Epitaph. It's been quite a journey, and it's far from over. This week, they hit The Rock, so we spoke with drummer Gabe Barham about the five albums that changed his life...
At 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 10, at The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave. 520-629-9211. $20-$25, all ages.
They're Only Chasing Safety
Underoath is the band that got me into the post-hardcore scene, in which we started Sleeping With Sirens and also my local band before that. This record inspired me to play drums the aggressive style that I still play today!
- Lil Wayne
Tha Carter 3
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter 3 came out while I was on tour in my local band. I remember walking to the record store and grabbing it that day. I wasn't a huge fan of rap or hip-hop, but I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I ended up loving it. Hip-hop has become a big part of my drumming style, and I continue to enjoy playing along with this style of music to this day.
- Blink 182
Travis Barker. Enough said. Huge influence on my drumming style. He's a MACHINE!
- Starting Line
Based on a True Story
This record kind of intro'ed me into the Drive Thru Record bands and that whole 2000's "emo" music. The ones that started having guys wearing girls jeans from Pacsun—haha. But this band and others like it had a big part on the friends that we had growing up and ultimately me meeting Kellin [Quinn, singer], and then later down the road forming SWS.
The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits
I remember the first time listening to this record all the way through and my mind being blown by the performances of Neil Pert. I was in love with the big crazy drum kit he had and his ridiculous fills around it. This was definitely another one that inspired me to become a better drummer.