A local band signed to Cardigan Records, propersleep, is performing at Slim’s Downtown in Raleigh this Friday at 9 p.m. Their sound is reminiscent of the emo and pop-punk sound from the 2000s. It's almost nostalgic, reminding you of the days when you’d blast CDs in your room by Paramore, Fall Out Boy or Taking Back Sunday, and your mom would ask you to turn the music down. Their EP, "Transitions," was released in August of 2017, and propersleep’s full-length record is expected to be released later this year.
Staff writer Emma Strickland spoke with the members of propersleep (Benjamin Young, guitar, vocals; Scott Jackson, drums; Andrew McGinn, bass, vocals) about their upcoming concert, what it means to be punk and the experience of performing.
The Daily Tar Heel: How did propersleep start?
Benjamin Young: We started about two and a half years ago, and we’ve all just been friends over the last 10-12 years and have been in various different bands — some together, some not. Yeah, we just got together and started writing songs and it turned into what it is now.
DTH: What have been some challenges in staying together through the years?
BY: I think one challenge is longevity and being motivated, like staying motivated throughout everything — because you work on something for so long, and it’s really easy to just feel drained or a little jaded, but that’s what’s cool when you have, you know, two people that all are in it for the same reason. We help each other pull ourselves out and to keep us forward.
Scott Jackson: For me, I’d actually say, yeah, there hasn’t been much of a challenge of staying together because the three of us, we all do a good job of being honest, holding each other accountable and communicating well. And we’re all driven by the same things, and we have the same common goal. So it’s actually been more of just a growing — we’ve grown together, which is for me, personally, being the drummer, the guy behind everything, it’s been great. You know, it’s definitely the best band experience I’ve been in.