On the Billboard 200 album chart this week, hard rockers Queens of the Stone Age scored their first No. 1 album, selling 91,000 copies of their sixth studio album, …Like Clockwork. QOTSA was followed by Daft Punk, relinquishing their two-week stand at the top of the chart with the much-discussed Random Access Memories slipping to No. 2 with 62,000 copies sold.
It was a far less familiar name in the No. 3 position, however, with Orlando by way of Grand Rapids, Mich., band Sleeping with Sirens moving 59,000 copies of the band’s third album, Feel — easily the best sales week in the young “scene-core” rock band’s burgeoning career. (The band’s second album, 2011 effort Let’s Cheer to This, debuted with 18,000 in its first week out.)
“Obviously, we’re very excited,” lead singer Kellin Quinn Radio.com told this week. “We’ve worked really hard to get to where we are, and it’s just really awesome.”
It’s a major milestone for Sleeping with Sirens, a band eager to break through to the rock mainstream after paying their dues on the indie post-hardcore circuit since forming in 2009.
“This album is about us becoming more of a rock band, and escape from the scene of music that we were in when we first started,” Quinn said, citing the Foo Fighters as a major influence. “The lyrics are straightforward, the music is straightforward, the album is easy to get into. That’s the idea behind Feel, to really put across what Sleeping with Sirens is all about right from the beginning.”
The album is led by first single, “Alone,” a dynamic track that features notorious Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly (aka, MGK) amidst the crashing guitars and Quinn’s distinctive high-pitched vocals and throaty screams.
“We were on the Warped tour together last year,” Quinn said in regards to the pairing. “I was sitting outside in a circle with the band and a cooler of beers. He kind of moseyed by, and he’s this really tall, lanky, awkward-looking dude. He walked up and was like, ‘I really like that one track (“If You Can’t Hang” from Let’s Cheer to This), I listened to it all last summer. It was like my anthem.’ It took me completely by surprise.”