The Receiving End of Sirens

The Receiving End of Sirens (often abbreviated TREOS) was a rock band from Boston, Massachusetts, formed in 2003.

The band played on the 2005 Warped Tour and has toured with such acts as Gatsbys American Dream, A Wilhelm Scream, 30 Seconds to Mars, Funeral for a Friend, Saves the Day, Senses Fail, Thrice, and New Found Glory. The band's first headlining tour, "The New Hope Tour," began on March 31st 2006. About a week before the start of the tour, guitarist/vocalist Alex fell down a flight of stairs and broke his scapula and two ribs and punctured his lung. A question of whether or not he would be able to perform arose, yet he pulled through. Some bands supporting the band on their first headlining tour were As Tall as Lions, A Thorn for Every Heart, Hit the Lights, I Am the Avalanche, and Foredoes Me Quite.

On March 18, 2008 the band announced that it would "no longer exist in the way it has for the past 5 years" on their MySpace page. The main reason for the break up was the fact that Brendan had a child in January, and he decided he needed to reassess his priorities. In a MySpace bulletin he claimed that all of the members still keep a passion for music and the love for their fans. The band played two of their last three last shows at Lupo's in Providence, Rhode Island on May 2, supported by Envy on the Coast and Therefore I Am, and The Bamboozle Festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 4. On May 5, a final farewell was performed under the pseudonym The Red Eye of Soromon at Harper's Ferry in Allston, Massachusetts.


According to drummer Andrew Cook:
"I was a cook at a place called McCarthy’s Pub in Massachusetts. A bunch of police cars and ambulances went screaming by and the name popped in my head. Like, thinking about how people never really think what’s ‘on the receiving end of sirens,’ because its such a common thing just to hear the sirens. Especially if you live in a city, it just becomes this commonplace thing, nobody thinks twice about it anymore. Even though there’s so much awful stuff going on in the world, and horrible things that happen to people, it’s kind of like ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ It’s just kind of a sad thing. So it’s kind of a commentary on that. It also works on a couple levels. It can be taken as the Greek mythology example with the Sirens that lure sailors in with their singing, so being on the receiving end of those sirens isn’t a great thing. It works both ways.

The band has also been known to perform under the pseudonym The Red Eye of Soromon [sic], or if abbreviated, TREOS. The band plays under the name The Red Eye of Soromon, presumably, to avoid record label contract issues when playing local venues in Massachusetts. The most recent performance under the pseudonym was on May 5, 2008


The band formed in 2003. In May 2006, Casey Crescenzo parted ways with the band and started pursuing his side project full-time, The Dear Hunter.

On November 6, 2006 the band announced their new permanent member as Brian Southall (formerly the drummer of Boys Night Out). He plays guitar, keys, and backup vocals.

The band had arranged to stream a live concert from Vintage Vinyl Record Store in New Jersey on the new real-time entertainment site on August 9th, 2007.

In a December 10, 2007 interview, when referring to the unique sound of TREOS being, "musical mojo," Stephen Kahler was quoted as saying, "I think they might just be...the best band to have ever existed.

On March 18th, 2008 Brendan Brown announced on Myspace, via a Myspace bulletin that because of his new priorities (having a baby), the band is coming to an end.

I, Brendan, must admit that I am the main reason why TREOS is ending. My choice to no longer continue on with The Receiving End of Sirens has nothing to do with a lack of love for my band, and/or band members. It has nothing to do with a lack of passion for our music, or any music for that matter. My decision is due mostly in part to a huge rearranging of priorities in my life, and the unquestionable responsibility that comes along with becoming a father. January 15th my wife and I welcomed Parker Brown, our first child, into the world. Since then everything has changed. The happiness and joy I gained from being part of this band can't ever be taken away from me, but to be honest, I have lived a long time thinking that specific joy was as good as it got. Since Parker's birth I have realized my joy is a great thing, in and of itself, but the happiness I receive from his happiness is exponentially greater than anything I could muster on my own. The thought of leaving him to tour for months at a time is something I just can't stomach. I can't stand to miss another thing. I realize how important I am to my band, and how important our band is to some people, but I am far more elemental in the growth and happiness of my child, than I am anything else in this world.

On Friday May 2nd, 2008 the band played its farewell show with Envy on the Coast and Therefore I Am. Casey Crescenzo made a return halfway through the set. TREOS performed virtually all of their tracks, forcing them to repeat Planning a Prison Break as their encore. Absolute punk made a statement about their final show:

Casey Crescenzo played with The Receiving End of Sirens last night at their final headlining show in Providence, Rhode Island. They played 21 songs (technically 22 because the crowd got them to play "Planning a Prison Break" twice) - almost every track spanning their three CD discography. A fan (Brandon) also proposed to his girlfriend on stage during the set & they are now engaged! It was truly an eve of magic & delight. The band will be greatly missed by their fans, and we wish them each the best of luck in the future!

The band also played The Bamboozle on May 4th, 2008 and performed their final show as The Red Eye of Soromon in Allston, MA on May 5th, 2008, where they played all of Between the Heart and the Synapse in order from start to finish, with Casey, followed by an encore set.

The band recorded their Farewell Show at Lupo's on May 2nd, 2008 for a DVD set to be released by the end of 2008. Along with concert footage, the DVD will contain never-before-seen interviews, as well as backstage footage from many of the band's tours. The live concert footage will span twenty-two songs and will feature Casey Crescenzo for the latter half of the performance.

Band members

  • Brendan Brown - Vocals, Bass guitar
  • Alex Bars - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
  • Nate Patterson - Lead Guitar
  • Andrew Cook - Drums
  • Brian Southall - Guitar, Keyboard


Date of Release Title label
August 9 2004 The Receiving End Of Sirens E.P. Robotica Records
April 25 2005 Between the Heart and the Synapse Triple Crown Records
August 7 2007 The Earth Sings Mi Fa Mi Triple Crown Records



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