Sherri DuPree-Bemis Turned Sleep Anxiety Into a Love Song For Her Daughters

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With more than 40 million American suffering from chronic anxiety, not even talented musicians like Sherri DuPree-Bemis of Eisley can escape from her acute sleep anxiety. As she puts it, "it's been a dark spot in my life for years."

As someone who has also dealt with a level of anxiety the majority of my life, the melodic, edgy, and whimsical sound that the indie-pop band produced had a way of being grounding and inexplicably relatable while also being the soundtracks to much of my teenage years.

When I heard that Eisley would be releasing their fifth full-length album named, "I'm Only Dreaming", I knew I had to get the inside scoop after hearing melodies and rhythms that echoed their earlier works.

The most recent song they've released is called, "Louder than a Lion," featuring Circa Survive frontman Anthony Green, was written as a love song for her two daughters but the heart of the song itself is darker than what you might expect a love song to be.


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The reason for this darker mood to the song has largely to do with her own struggles with sleep anxiety. "This song started out as a bit of a dark love song to my daughters. I struggle with sleep anxiety... [but] I wrote it to them, wanting them to know they could always sleep tight because I'd always be awake, watching over them, keeping the darkness away..."

Looking for the positive notes in something as unnerving and frustrating as sleepless nights, she says, "I realized that even if I can't sleep well, I can at least watch over my daughters as they rest peacefully."

Notes of love and heart are hoarded into this song alone. The rest of the songs such as Defeatist showcase Sherri's delicate vocals matched with sincere lyrics about love and fighting for keeping that love and loved ones in your life.

Along with the new album, Eisley also has scheduled a tour (dates below) featuring their new lineup of songs and band members.

As a fan, you can be sure that I've listened to all the new songs with insatiable repetition the past couple of months and that I've bought my tickets to the show.

You can learn more about Eisley and their newest album which will be released on February 17th this on their website.


Eisley w/ Civilian and Backwards Dancer

Feb 16 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall - Upstairs

Feb 17 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues - Cambridge Room

Feb 18 Waco, TX @ Common Grounds

Feb 20 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In

Feb 21 Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl

Feb 22 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle - Back Room

Feb 23 Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java

Feb 24 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage

Feb 25 Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry

Feb 26 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun - Wolf Den

Feb 27 New York, NY @ Webster Hall - Studio

Feb 28 Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

Mar 02 South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

Mar 03 Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt

Mar 04 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room - Studio

Mar 05 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Club at Stage AE

Mar 06 Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore

Mar 08 Columbus, OH @ The Basement

Mar 09 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop

Mar 10 Detroit, MI @ Shelter

Mar 11 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean

Mar 12 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry

Mar 13 Indianapolis, IN @ The HiFi

Mar 20 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge

Mar 22 Portland, OR @ Star Theater

Mar 23 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey

Mar 25 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

Mar 27 Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

Mar 28 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues - Voodoo Room

Mar 29 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues - The Parish

Mar 30 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

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