Interview: While She Sleeps
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In metal music a band has to do something pretty special to stand out from the crowd. With This IsThe Six While She Sleeps have done just that, with the immense debut studio album propelling them out of the underground and straight into the forefront of the UK heavy scene. After all it’s not every day that a metal band get played by Fearne Cotton’s on 11am on Radio 1. As TNS sit down with one of rock’s hot prospects it’s clear that there is a lot of excitement surrounding the band with everyone from Radio 1’s Dan Carter to Kerrang magazine lining up to tip them for huge things. And why not? In previous years it could be said that heavy music had a glass ceiling, but bands such as Architects and Bring Me The Horizon very much changed the game, with the later headlining the UK stop of warped tour this year. With such bands paving the way, the sky is the limit for While She Sleeps. Speaking about this breakthrough, guitarist Sean Long said: "A lot more is possible now that the boundaries of heavy music are getting pushed and we’re proud of that. We’ve made our way on to theRadio 1 playlist and we’re probably the heaviest thing on there." Guitarist Mat Welsh added: "It’s really good to see it spreading and heavy music becoming a more acceptable thing and a more normal thing." It is a welcome development no doubt, with the stigma surrounding the metal community both unjust and inaccurate. With the expansion of heavy music leading to the band being played on Radio 1 during the day, another step has been taken in the right direction. Speaking about the achievement, Welsh said: "It’s very difficult and a massive victory for a band as heavy us to get on that early in the morning. We’re raising awareness of moshers!" Inside the rock community While She Sleeps have been earning plenty of plaudits as well, including best new band at this year's Kerrang awards. Speaking of the achievement, Welsh said: "We’ve been doing the same thing for almost 10 years, so it's really rewarding to be part of this growing movement in music."
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