Hailing from the industrial-hub of Pittsburgh, PA, comes indie-rock band Instead of Sleeping. Comprised of Shaun Sweeney (guitar/lead vocals), Jeff Binando (bass/backup vocals), Woody Wright (guitar/keys/auxiliary percussion) Corey McClaine (drums); this four-piece has been demanding attention of the Steel City and beyond with their signature blend of contemporary indie rock since their 2008 inception. They released their first effort, a self-titled full-length in March 2010 and followed it up with their Just Hear to Listen EP soon after in January 2011.

During their years together, Instead of Sleeping has evolved from a hookah-bar jam band into a multi-instrumental outfit. Now showcasing two drum kits, keys, and a myriad of other sound that transformed the band from a traditional indie-rock quartet into a swelling stage presence. The fellas built up a strong reputation as an independent rock band touring regionally on their third studio effort, The Reds, The Blacks, The Grays, which dropped in the Spring of 2012. The band has been privileged to share the stage with notable national acts fun., The Dear Hunter, O’Brother, and Good Old War.

Instead of Sleeping is set to release their next album titled Young Lungs in summer of 2014. They headed out to Chicago to work with renowned producer/mixer Marc McClusky (Weezer, Bad Religion, Ludo, Let Live) on their new full-length project. The band credits McClusky for refining their musical chops, stating, “We learned more about music and songwriting in the sixteen days that we spent with him in SAE Institute than we ever had in our entire lives. He really challenged us to write outside of our comfort zones. While this was terrifying, going through a creative and musical gauntlet, we came out of it with an album that we couldn’t be more proud of.”

Bands that we've shared the stage with:

  • Envy on the Coast
  • Fuel
  • Fun.
  • Good Old War
  • Hawthorne Heights
  • Kris Roe (of the Ataris)
  • Madina Lake
  • The Buzz Poets
  • The Dear Hunter
  • The Fall of Troy
  • The Classic Crime



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3 February 2014
Kickstarter Success!

The Kickstarter has been fully funded!

Thanks to all of our amazing friends, family and fans our Kickstarter for our new album "Young Lungs" has been fully funded!

We can't thank you all enough! It's incredible to see how many awesome people support and believe in us. This couldn't have been done without all of your help! We can't wait to get this album into your hands.

We love you all

Instead of Sleeping

28 March 2014
Young Lungs Album Art Released!

Here's a first look

at the album art for our upcoming album "Young Lungs".

7 April 2014
Instead of Sleeping - Insatiable on AbsolutePunk!


On Thursday April 10th, the first single off of our new album "Young Lungs" will be premiered exclusively on! The song is called Insatiable, and we are so excited for everyone to give it a listen!

"She has a thirst that is unquenchable. She wil never be satisfied with you or anything you can give her, and you know it... But you just keep letting her in."
10 April 2014
First single, "Insatiable", is streaming on!


is now live streaming on!!! Click on the image below and go give it a listen and leave us some comments! This is a big deal for us! Thanks guys!

22 April 2014
Download Insatiable for free!


is available as a free download on!

Check out the link to the right for a little insight on the song and for the download. CLICK HERE!

29 April 2014
New Single "Volatile"!

Volatile is now Streaming on!

We are very excited to announce "Volatile", the new single from our upcoming album "Young Lungs", is now streaming on! Check it out and let us know what you think!

Click here to listen to Volatile!!
14 May 2014
Young Lungs is now Streaming!

"Young Lungs" is now available

We are now streaming the entire album on!

We'd love to hear your thoughts and comments! listen here: Young Lungs Album Stream

18 May 2014
Young Lungs Album Review

"Young Lungs is a work of musical genius from start to finish."

Checkout the latest Album Review from Mind Equals Blown!

Mind Equals Blown Album Review
19 May 2014
Under the Gun Review

Track by Track Review of "Young Lungs"

Here's the exclusive story behind each track of "Young Lungs". Check out this track-by-track review at to get an inside look at the meanings behind the songs. Click the link below!

Under the Gun Review
29 May 2014
Music Video Teaser

"Speak Into Me" Music video to be released on!

Here's a sneak peak at our new music video for "Speak Into Me"! It will be released on June 2nd on!

2 June 2014
Music Video Release

"Speak Into Me" Music video on!

The "Speak Into Me" music video is being featured on! Checkout the link below.

""Speak Into Me" music video
6 June 2014
Cover girl Dessie Mitcheson spices up Instead Of Sleeping’s latest video

Interview with Dessie Mitcheson on the "Speak Into Me" Music video

Check out this interview with Dessie by about the "Speak Into Me" Music Video! Also, if you haven't seen the video yet you can check it out here as well!

Checkout the interview here!
16 June 2014
EXCLUSIVE: Instead Of Sleeping – “Ammo” Acoustic Video

Interview with Dessie Mitcheson on the "Speak Into Me" Music video

Check out this live Raw acoustic video of Shaun playing "Ammo" from "Young Lungs" on!

Checkout the video here!

Show Dates

NY December 11
Rochester | California Brew Haus
  • This show is All Ages
  • Date: 8/7/2015
  • California Brew Haus
  • Location: 402 W Ridge Rd, Rochester, New York 14615
  • Time: 6:00PM Show
  • Lineup: Instead of Sleeping, So Last Year, Speirs, One Level Lower, Chil, Holley Street Ivory, Daily Milestone
PA January 16
  • This show is All Ages
  • Date: 1/16/2016
  • Strip District | TBD
  • Location: TBD
  • Time: TBD
  • Price: FREE

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