With Halloween approaching and of course, the imminent zombie apocalypse at the end of the year, it’s no wonder Sleeping with Sirens decided to release an early “Halloween treat” in the form of their latest single, Dead Walker Texas Ranger. (Fun Fact: Walker, Texas Ranger was a show starring Chuck Norris. Dead Chuck Norris? More like Zombie Chuck Norris.)
When it comes down to post-harcore-bands-with-lead-singers-who-tend-to-have-vocals-higher-than-the-average-male, it really boils down to the listener and whether they’re able to overlook the fact that Kellin Quinn might sound like he’s on helium. After that, it’s just a whirlwind of heavily catchy music.
The lyric video which accompanies Dead Walker Texas Ranger is aptly adorned with zombies, blood and ripped out intestines because as the title and lyrics suggest, the song is about the living dead. Doubtless, the video would not have looked out of place in a retro horror flick, with its suitably freaky fonts and use of a vintage filter.
The video also complements particular lyrics where the listener is supposed to be turning into the undead, “Do you feel your blood starting to boil beneath your skin? / Why is your stomach turning?” where the camera rotates nicely, causing one’s stomach to churn nervously.
Dead Walker Texas Ranger itself is a great Sleeping with Sirens effort, for a Halloween anthem. Yes, the strong lyrics provoke some gorily vivid imagery and a catchy chorus is welcomed too. But however good Quinn’s voice might be, the instrumentals in this particular SWS song seems rather muted; dull even, leaving the majority of the song to Quinn’s shrill howls. Perhaps the band was afraid that loud drums might wake more zombies?
You can listen to Dead Walker Texas Ranger below: