Ohio based rock band Pray for Sleep is jumping the gun in spreading the word about mental health.
With the world facing a pandemic, health experts have said that the next battle will be mental health, which could lead to many deaths due to depression and other disorders.
Pray for Sleeps includes members Grant DeCrane (vocals), Hayden Kissler (guitar), Ethan Carlson (guitar, vocals) and Reno Houston (drums). They will make an appearance at a virtual rally hosted by the Prevention Action Alliance on May 15 promoting Mental Health Awareness Month. Behind Our Eyes is the new album and is available for stream. The Roman Show spoke to the band.
Purpose of the band
“When we first started the band, we wanted to play music with our friends, but when we started to write we wrote our first EP before we performed live. A couple of people have never really done that. We stayed home and wrote songs and practiced. We had meetings and reviewed are songs and said, ‘what is our goal here’. We wanted to play music as a career but want to have a message behind so it can help people but having a good time with what we are doing. We made mental health our focus because a lot of that stuff is common especially with creative,” said DeCrane.
In 2017, the Ohioan band was inspired to start the band after one of the members performed with his marching band on the Rock on the Range festival stage alongside with Papa Roach. Scream Back is a song delivering a positive message for those challenged by mental disorders.
“We’ve called it a hope anthem before. A lot of the songs are like Variety is about drug addiction. It is about the perspective of what it is going through. Scream Back is a combination of all of that and getting through it together,” said Kissler. “We are on this together. We are not alone. I say we because we are not special, we go through the same things like everyone else. There’s no one thing that is worse or better.”
Reaching out to those in need
Band members heard from friends and family who are or have battled with mental disorders.
“We reached out to people that have been through situations that we talk about and get their two cents how things went down and we tried our best to convey the message through our music. It was a crazy process,” said DeCrane.