Watch â€œDonâ€™t Hold Backâ€ now!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvUrl-IzeWg
â€œEverybody was kung fu fighting!â€ THE SLEEPING unveils an extraordinary new video for their break-through single â€œDonâ€™t Hold Backâ€ from their critically acclaimed record, Questions and Answers. Combining guerilla tactics, stealth filming and an urge for anarchy, the stage was set for the DIY video of the year! â€œDonâ€™t Hold Backâ€ blends 1970s Kung-fu action with the film noir of cult classic The Warriors and tops it off with a whole lot of punching and kicking with a comedic touch.
â€œSometimes in life, all the pieces just seem to come together,â€ explains drummer Joe Zizzo on how the video finally came to life. â€œWe knew we needed to do a video for â€˜Donâ€™t Hold Back,â€™ because thatâ€™s the song the kids really flip out to.â€ THE SLEEPING has also known director, Adam Thompson, a very long time, thanks to their work on the bandâ€™s first music video from their 2005 debut record, Believe What We Tell You. â€œWeâ€™ve known him forever and heâ€™s from Long Island too. Heâ€™s been out in LA for a while now, and when he told him wanted to do a video, he came up with this idea to do a spin on The Warriors and old Samurai Sunday movies.â€
Shot entirely on film over the course of two days in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles, the crew set out to make a guerilla video of epic proportions. Armed only with a five thousand dollar budget, the band and director hit the streets filming without permits, collecting props from alleyways and dumpsters and literally stealing the phone from the wall. â€œWe needed a phone, and the budget was gone,â€ explains Zizzo. â€œWe went to all kinds of thrift stores and couldnâ€™t find a thing. We needed something that looked right – finally we were in a department store, and we saw the customer service phone on the wall – so, Cameron just grabbed it and we ran out of thereâ€.
In addition to having â€œDonâ€™t Hold Backâ€ from Questions and Answers appear on Madden â€™07 and Tony Hawkâ€™s Downhill Jam, THE SLEEPING was invited to be included in Guitar Hero 3 as the â€œSecret Unlock,â€ and more recently, the band made a cameo appearance on the season finale of MTVâ€™s hit show My Super Sweet 16.
On the live side, you can catch THE SLEEPING as they join label mates BAYSIDE, JUNE, A DAY TO REMEMBER and DRIVER SIDE IMPACT for the Victory Records Tour 2007 starting Oct. 25th in Baltimore, MD.