Armor for Sleep was an American rock band from New Jersey, formed in 2001 and disbanded in 2009. The final lineup consisted of lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Ben Jorgensen, lead guitarist PJ DeCicco, bassist Anthony DiIonno and drummer Nash Breen.
After initial demos had been distributed, New York-based independent label Equal Vision Records signed the band and went on to release the concept-based albums, Dream to Make Believe (2003) and What to Do When You Are Dead (2005). The following year they signed to Sire Records/Warner Bros. and released their last album Smile for Them (2007). They announced their disbandment in October 2009.
During their recording career, the band were renowned for their blend of alternative rock to atmospheric emo and dream pop.
Armor For Sleep was founded by Ben Jorgensen in 2001 in New Jersey. Nash Breen and Peter James "PJ" DeCicco later joined the band after leaving fellow New Jersey band Prevent Falls. Jorgensen stated the name of the band comes from his early experiences of writing music and not being able to sleep. As he recalls, "I guess when I started the band I was kind of, like, retreating in my room and I kind of couldn't really fall asleep, so I started playing music. I just thought of the name Armor for Sleep, because it was really, the music was keeping me from passing out! Which was something I was procrastinating on."
Ben would go on to record demos of songs that would later be re-recorded and released on their first album Dream to Make Believe. These demos would circulate through the internet and become very popular with fans for their raw sound.
Armor For Sleep originally signed to Equal Vision Records, where they released their first two albums, Dream to Make Believe in 2003 and What to Do When You Are Dead in 2005. The band signed to Warner Brothers/Sire Records in 2006, explaining it was "time for a change".
A Machine Shop remix of their track "Remember to Feel Real" was featured on the Snakes on a Plane soundtrack in August 2006. The next year, the band debuted a new track entitled "End of the World" on the soundtrack for the 2007 film Transformers. This song would later appear on their next record, but with various changes, including the reduction in vocal effects and keyboards.
Armor For Sleep released their third full-length album Smile for Them on October 30, 2007.
On August 20, 2008, the band announced an extended play (EP), entitled The Way Out Is Broken.
On October 28, 2009 it was officially announced that the band would be parting ways. Frontman Ben Jorgensen released a statement informing fans of the inevitable, after the band had been inactive, not undertaking a tour for over a year.
The band regrouped to play the 2012 Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey, releasing the following statement:
"We have no motivation for doing this other than to get up on stage and say goodbye properly to the people out there who never got the opportunity to see us one last time. Like Sam Beckett in Quantum Leap we will strive to "put right what once went wrong"…and then just like him we will poof out of existence. But for good this time- we promise."
At the Bamboozle Festival, and on the band's Facebook page, Jorgenson announced that three more shows would be played: July 14, 2012 at Irving Plaza in New York City, July 20, 2012 at The Glass House in Pomona, California, and July 22, 2012 at the House of Blues in Chicago, Illinois.
On July 20th, 2015, the band announced an 8 city tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of What To Do When You Are Dead.
After the group parted ways, Ben Jorgensen started an electronic project called God Loves a Challenge alongside Sierra Shardae and also embarked on a brief solo career, releasing the EP There Is Nowhere Left to Go in 2010.
PJ DeCicco moved on to playing in Love Automatic with former Senses Fail bassist Mike Glita. The band is no longer active.
Nash Breen was playing with New York Rivals, but now plays for the Cold Seas, who opened for Armor for Sleep on select dates of their What to Do When You Are Dead 10 year anniversary tour in 2015.Ben Jorgensen - vocals, rhythm guitar, lyricist, piano
PJ DeCicco - lead guitar
Anthony DiIonno - bass, backing vocals
Nash Breen - drums, percussion