Pray For Sleep Announce Debut Album and Will Hold A Virtual Rally For Mental Health
Pray For Sleep Look To Inject Positivity into The Hard Rock World
For so many, COVID-19 has placed us in a moment of uncertainty. Along with the stress of losing jobs, missing family members and friends, seemingly having normal life being turned upside down, an often overlooked crisis is also becoming more clear among us, Mental Health. While millions of Americans and many more across the globe are being affected by all this pandemic brings, the many already suffering from mental health issues need a message of hope and positivity more than ever.
Look no further than the Ohio hard rockers Pray For Sleep!
Pray For Sleep’s driving force is to be a positive influence in the hard rock world, the band has announced a series of impactful events for the month of May to do their part in the battle.
On May 1st the Columbus Ohio natives will self-release the digital version of their debut album Behind Our Eyes. which aims to bolster a generation racked by anxiety, depression, and suicide with a message of solidarity and a cathartic roar on 10 powerful songs. The digital release features two unreleased tracks “Blood Is Not Blue” and “Off Track” as well as a new acoustic version of anchor single “Scream Back.”
“Scream Back” is also the name of Pray For Sleep’s mental health initiative which addresses issues plaguing the nation’s youth. Established in November 2019, the Scream Back program aligns the band members, vocalist Grant DeCrane, 23; drummer Reno Houston, 20; and guitarist Hayden Kissler, 19 with the educational messaging of Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s On Our Sleeves movement, as well as Columbus’ active rock radio station 99.7 The Blitz (WRKZ) and SJC Custom Drums.
Scream Back largely utilizes in-school appearances to deliver peer messaging and personal stories that challenge fellow young people to have an open dialogue about mental health. Most recently, that includes Pray For Sleep promoting On Our Sleeves resources for helping teens and kids through the COVID-19 crisis, as seen here: https://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving/on-our-sleeves/find-help/tools-for-you/coronavirus
In addition to contributing all proceeds from their first headlining show to On Our Sleeves, Pray For Sleep also submitted their lyrics to the hospital’s mental health experts for their input prior to the release.
Pray For Sleep are deeply invested in the cause, they contributed all proceeds from their debut headline show to On Our Sleeves and they also submitted their lyrics to the hospital’s mental health experts for their insight prior to the release, the group’s dedication to the cause is inspiring to say the least.
Next month the band is set to perform the song “Scream Back” as part of their annual “We Are The Majority Rally”, The rally brings together thousands of young people to promote the idea that most youths choose not to do drugs and instead are making responsible decisions.
For the first time this year, the statewide Ohio rally will go virtual and invites youth across the country to participate. It will be held as part of National Prevention Week on May 15 at 5:00 pm ET, hosted by the Prevention Action Alliance with support from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services as well as the Ohio Governor’s Office. More details about the event, including how to sign up and where to watch, will be posted at https://preventionactionalliance.org/watm-rally/.
Of the digital release for Behind Our Eyes, drummer Reno Houston says, “We know that everyone has been stuck inside and could be dealing with mental health issues (like all of us in the band), and we hope that releasing these songs will let people know that ‘We Are Not Alone.’ This is especially important with the COVID-19 situation and May being Mental Behavioral Health month. We hope people know there are resources out there and hopefully we can help shine some light on a dark situation.”
Adds vocalist Grant DeCrane, “We’re so excited to be able to release the album in its entirety. We want people to hear the whole message, and we want to know what people think of the project. We started working on it a year-and-a-half ago so it’s wonderful to finally see it all come together after so much work and time.”
Behind Our Eyes marks the band’s debut album and is a follow-up to their self-titled EP in 2017 that followed a whirlwind of events, which led to the band’s formation. That same year, rock band Papa Roach had invited Columbus’ Olentangy Orange High School Marching Band to be part of Papa Roach’s performance of hit single “Born For Greatness” at the Rock On The Range festival (now Sonic Temple). Hayden Kissler was one of the marching band members who got the chance to be on stage for the performance. Soon after, he and friends Reno Houston and Grant DeCrane started Pray For Sleep.
The band returned to the Rock On The Range stage in 2018 where they had one of their earliest performances with several members missing out on their high school graduation to participate in the memorable moment. After spending their teenage years finding solace in heavy music, shouting along with bands like fellow Ohioans Beartooth as well as Bring Me The Horizon, Pray For Sleep has since shared the stage with We Came As Romans, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Silent Planet, Fit For A King, and Counterfeit.
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