Grand Rapids natives Sleep Waker have unveiled a reimagined version of their knockout single “Distance” today. First released as the lead track from their July album “Alias”, “Distance” is a commanding and emotional exploration of loss, unraveling vocalist Hunter Courtright‘s experience witnessing his grandfather battle with dementia. Today’s reimagined cut finds Sleep Waker not only leaning into their love of alternative musical genres, but switching up instruments along the way.
Drummer Frankie Mish takes up lead vocals and guitar on the new version and shares more behind the band’s mindset while writing it: “’Distance (Reimagined)’ came from our love of softer emo and shoegaze music. Everyone in the band has a major affinity for it, and we felt it would be a good time to highlight that some of us have talents outside of our usual instruments. Hunter used to play guitar in the band before Sleep Waker, Jake started as a drummer for a pop-punk band, Aaron had this hidden piano talent no one knew about, and I’m constantly writing with guitar” he explains “This song is an expression of the band from a different and much more personal perspective. We love to experiment and mess around, and we’re very excited to bring more experimentation into the sound of Sleep Waker”.