Interview: Ben Jorgensen of Armor For Sleep

Armor for Sleep

Even though it’s been 15 years since Armor For Sleep released a new full-length, Ben Jorgensen never buried the idea of another record from the New Jersey emo-adjacent legends. After a handful of successful 15 16-year anniversary shows for their second record What To Do When You Are Dead, Armor For Sleep reunited with Equal Vision Records to release the band’s fourth album The Rain Museum, a 12-track collection that pushes the signature AFS sound to new boundaries. I recently sat down with Jorgensen to discuss the origin of the record, working with Equal Vision again, the emo revival, and the lasting legacy of What To Do When You Are Dead.

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Armor for Sleep Talk New Music

Armor for Sleep

Armor for Sleep talked about the possibility of new music with Alt. Press:

I would say that since we got together for this tour, it definitely woke the band up in a way, so I guess it wouldn’t be so crazy to think about new music in the future. I think I realized something that I probably should have realized a long time ago. In terms of creating and writing, if we are thinking about what other people will think of our music, then it’s not going to be good. If we were to do new music, it would have to be something that we think will be cool in the world on its own, with no other outside influence and no other expectations. I won’t care if it doesn’t perform well or whatever. I just want to put out into the world something that could affect somebody somehow. That’s usually when we succeeded the most, when we had that mentality.

Equal Vision Records Release Safe & Sound Compilation

Equal Vision Records

Equal Vision Records have released Safe & Sound: An Isolation Compilation. The compilation features re-imagined and unreleased versions of songs from Saves the Day, Armor for Sleep, I The Mighty, Sleep On It, and more. The video for Saves the Day’s “Remember/Verona/Ring Pop” (ft. Lloyd Vines) is now up, the full press release and track listing is below, and you can purchase the compilation on Bandcamp and MerchNow.

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Review: Armor for Sleep – Smile For Them

Armor for Sleep - Smile For Them

Not going to lie, it was kind of strange listening to a new Armor For Sleep record and not hearing vocalist/guitarist Ben Jorgensen sing about sleeping, dreaming, or dying. Instead of writing another concept album, Jorgensen penned lyrics about a culture that’s dependant and obsessed with celebrity news and reality television, among other social commentaries, for the band’s major label debut, Smile For Them

When the band first began the writing and recording process for Smile, they moved out to Los Angeles with a pre-arranged producer, courtesy of Sire. Unhappy with the results, the band packed up and restarted the process in their hometown and brought back Machine, who brilliantly produced their 2005 record, What To Do When You Are Dead. The end product is twelve tracks that seamlessly flow between post-hardcore and pop, resulting in what may be Armor For Sleep’s most rockin’ record to date.

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