Frank Turner’s Devoted Bandmates, The Sleeping Souls, Drop Explosive Debut Album with ‘Rivals’ Leading the Charge The Sleeping Souls
Reviewed by Sam Lowry

The Sleeping Souls, known as Frank Turner’s loyal bandmates, are set to unleash their explosive debut album, featuring the anthemic single “Rivals,” a punk-rock anthem delving into sibling rivalry, on November 24 via Xtra Mile Recordings.

In the punk-rock landscape, there's a new force to be reckoned with, and they're going by the name of The Sleeping Souls. These lads, hailing from the gritty streets of London, have been stirring up a storm with their explosive sound that's bound to make your heart race and your eardrums beg for mercy.

But here's the kicker, folks – they ain't just any run-of-the-mill punk outfit. No siree. They've been Frank Turner's loyal comrades for over a decade, sharing stages, dreams, and probably a fair share of warm beer. You might remember them as the backbone of Turner's musical juggernaut, but now, they're stepping into the spotlight with their debut full-length album, set to drop on Friday, November 24, courtesy of the powerhouse punk label, Xtra Mile Recordings.

Their journey to this momentous occasion has been a wild one, recorded over three tumultuous years, bouncing between Turner's rehearsal hideout in Oxford and the sonically charged Badlands studios in Ireland. The result? A blistering 12-track masterpiece that delves deep into the human experience – from the heart-wrenching throes of lost love to the searing frustration that life often dishes out.

Now, don't you dare think for a second that these lads are all about introspection and navel-gazing. Nah, they've got their punk spirit intact, and it's on full display in their lead single, "Rivals." This ain't your grandma's lullaby, folks. It's a raucous, high-voltage lament that's fueled by the kind of pent-up rage you'd expect when feuding families collide. The guitars are blazing, the drums are pounding, and it's a three-minute adrenaline rush that'll have you smashing furniture in no time.

But it's not just about sonic chaos here. "Rivals" dives headfirst into the murky waters of sibling rivalry, shining a spotlight on the destructive forces that tear families apart. It's a poignant reminder of how something as ancient as familial conflict can gnaw away at your sanity. And when you've got Cahir O'Doherty's impassioned vocals leading the charge, you know you're in for a wild ride.

If you're not convinced yet, do yourself a favor and hit up YouTube for the apocalyptic music video for "Rivals." It's a visual feast that's as explosive as the track itself. And if you've still got some energy left after that, stream it on all platforms and feel the wrath of The Sleeping Souls wash over you.

These blokes have paid their dues and then some. They've crisscrossed the globe, shared their music with the masses, and now, it's their time to shine. So mark your calendars for November 24, when The Sleeping Souls unleash their debut album upon the world. If "Rivals" is any indication, it's gonna be a punk-rock extravaganza for the ages. Stay tuned for more sonic mayhem from these London lads, because they're just getting started.

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