More than a decade after disbanding, New Jersey emo act Armor For Sleep is preparing to storm the stage once again in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their pivotal album, What To Do When You Are Dead. The summer tour will kick off on June 18th in Baltimore, with subsequent stops in New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Nashville, and more. Tickets will be available starting this Friday, February 28th at at 10am local time at www.armorforsleep.com.
“I started Armor for Sleep when I was an anti-social 17 year-old – I had no band members, just a band name and a couple songs I recorded in a studio by myself. I honestly had no grand plan for the band, but when people started reacting to the first demos that were recorded, I was just kind of curious to see where it would go,” recollects lead singer Ben Jorgensen. “I was very happy and fortunate to have recruited Anthony, P.J., and Nash who would all share in the band and in the creative process with me.”
He continues: “What To Do When You Are Dead is the thing we created that never seems to go away. For me personally, revisiting the album is a bookmark to a time in my life that would ultimately shape everything about the person that I am today. We are all extremely humbled that this album has meant so much to so many people over the years, and we’re honored that we’re going to get the chance to come back again and play some shows to celebrate it, and rock out with everyone.”
Armor for Sleep’s emotionally charged lyrics, energetic live shows, and D.I.Y. work ethic won the New Jersey-based quartet a loyal fan base. Singer/songwriter/guitar player Ben Jorgensen began writing songs the summer before his freshman year at college, and recorded two of them at a local studio. Weary of playing all of the instruments himself, the self-admitted recluse found kindred spirits in bassist Anthony Dilonno and cousins Nash Breen (drums) and P.J. DeCicco (guitar).
Buzz for the newly minted band grew quickly, and by the summer of 2002, Armor for Sleep found themselves in California recording their debut, Dream to Make-Believe. Released on Equal Vision Records in June 2003, the record secured the band a solid spot in the growing emo-pop scene, leading to some choice shows with bands like Taking Back Sunday, Piebald, Thursday, and Fall Out Boy.
In 2005, after successfully headlining its own U.S. tour, the band released What to Do When You Are Dead, a loosely related conceptual album dealing with life and death that showcased the group’s growth into a heavier and darker machine. The DVD, A Comprehensive Guide to Touring, was issued near the year’s end, and Armor for Sleep next signed on to the Sire/Warner Brothers roster in April 2006.
The following year, their song “End of the World” was included on the soundtrack for Transformers: The Movie, and the group released their final full-length album, Smile for Them. Their two singles from that album, “Williamsburg” and “Hold The Door,” received rock radio play, and the band even made an appearance on MTV’s TRL to premiere their music video for “Williamsburg” - a song which predicted the ultimate demise of the hipster movement.
After a summer tour opening up for Linkin Park on the Projekt Rev festival in 2009, the group announced that it was deciding to disband. The legacy of the band has continued to grow over the years, and it is now considered to be one of the pioneers of the mid 2000’s emo sound. Armor for Sleep currently has multiple tracks on the most highly listened to Emo Playlists on Spotify, and NJ.COM recently included What To Do When You Are Dead on their list of “The 50 Greatest New Jersey Albums of the 21st Century.”
Fans can join Armor For Sleep in celebrating the 15th anniversary of What To Do When You Are Dead this summer. For more information, please visit www.armorforsleep.com.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
6/18 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
6/19 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
6/20 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
6/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
6/27 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
6/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
7/9 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre
7/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
7/11 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
7/23 – Dallas, TX @ Dada
7/24 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
7/25 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
8/7 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East
8/8 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Hell
8/9 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
8/13 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
8/14 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro
8/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café