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Armor for Sleep

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New Jersey, United States (2001 – 2009)

Armor for Sleep was an band formed in New Jersey in 2001. Its final lineup was lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Ben Jorgensen, guitarist PJ DeCicco, bassist Anthony Dilonno, and drummer Nash Breen.

Ben Jorgensen created Armor for Sleep in 2001 and Nash Breen and PJ DeCicco later joined the band after leaving fellow New Jersey band Prevent Falls. He stated that the name of the band comes from his early experiences of writing music and not being able to sleep. After distributing demos Albany, New York-based indie label Equal Vision signed the band and released their first two concept albums: Dream to Make Believe, released in 2003, and What To Do When You Are Dead, released in 2005.

What to Do When You Are Dead spawned the popular singles “Car Underwater” and “The Truth About Heaven,” receiving lots of airplay with their music videos. Each song on the album tells the story of the protagonist’s suicide as well as his journey through the afterlife. The story goes through moments of personal introspection at the positive and negative aspects of his life while he quietly visits important locations of his past life without disturbing anyone. Analyzing the lyrics of each track, you can see him progress through the Kübler-Ross 5-stage model of grief management as he initially denies his situation, then wishes for a reversal, and finally accepts his fate.

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