Melanie Mae Bryan

A Night with Sleeping With Sirens: If You Can't Hang, Stay Out of Charlotte, Baby

Music Scene Media
May 22, 2023
4 min read

by Melanie Bryan

Sleeping With Sirens brought their Family Tree Tour to Charlotte, NC this past Sunday the 21st, bringing along Dayseeker and M.A.G.S. for the ride, and what a ride it was!

“I woke up from a dream

into this waking nightmare

I'm somewhere in between

I can feel it in my bones

I'm my own worst enemy

But I think I kinda like it

What's wrong with being me?”

"Complete Collapse"

Sleeping With Sirens, formed in 2009, has been a core staple in the emo scene for years, fronted by one of the most prominent icons in the scene, Kellin Quinn. I had never had the opportunity to see SWS live, let alone photograph them, so I was ecstatic at the opportunity.

M . A . G . S .

Kicking off the evening was Los Angeles-based artist Elliott Douglas, better known by the moniker M.A.G.S. With 2 EP's and 2 studio albums under his belt already and a style that ranges from indie/alt to alt-pop to folk rock, he's definitely an artist to keep an eye on.




Next to take the stage was Dayseeker. I hadn't had the chance to see Dayseeker live yet, which is surprising given how often they tour. Fronted by Rory Rodriguez, the post-hardcore band is also made up of Gino Sgambelluri, Ramone Valerio,  and Mike Karle. They've been around since 2012 but have especially been making waves lately as I feel like I've been seeing their name everywhere.



S L E E P I N G   W I T H   S I R E N S

Finally, the moment we were all waiting for, the one and only Sleeping With Sirens! The stage began to fill with a smoky haze, and the band leapt onto the stage in a frenzy. They brought with them an endless amount of energy, and the crowd matched every ounce of that. Kellin is an extremely talented frontman with a natural stage presence, and an ease that surely comes from over a decade in the scene.

With a setlist full of gems from their complete discography that is sure to please a SWS fan of any level, this is not a tour to be missed!

“it’s never enough, never enough…”


  1. Tally It Up: Settle the Score
  2. We Like it Loud
  3. Leave It All Behind
  4. Kick Me
  5. Family Tree
  6. Talking to Myself
  7. Better Off Dead
  8. Be Happy
  9. Fire
  10. Scene Five: With Ears to See, and Eyes to Hear
  11. Iris (Goo Goo Dolls cover)
  12. Bloody Knuckles
  13. Crosses
  14. A Trophy Father's Son
  15. If I'm James Dean, You're Audrey Hepburn
  16. Do It Now Remember It Later
  17. If You Can't Hang



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