Los Angeles pop-rockers, Sir Sly are back with a compelling follow-up to their 2013 smash “Gold.” Landon Jacobs’ showcases a more dynamic and exciting range on his vocals on “High” and Sir Sly demonstrates they’re a band that continues to grow.
The night was billed as a co-headlining appearance by Sir Sly and Wolf Gang, two up-and-coming bands we’ve been covering for the past year. These two talented bands had created all of the buzz, but the opening band, the creative female-fronted Secret Someone’s stole the show.
The event was a Cherrytree Records showcase and a great opportunity for Alt-Rock fans to catch a glimpse of three acts with tremendous potential. Considering how difficult it is to breakthrough to stardom in today’s rock landscape, the odds are stacked against all three of these acts achieving stardom, but with the talent on display, I’d be surprised if at least one of the acts doesn’t quickly move on to bigger things.
The moment this Brooklyn-based band took the stage, they grabbed my attention. Uniquely fronted by three women, the quartet was balanced by a bleached blonde drummer Zach Jones, decked out in an I (Heart) Chad T-Shirt. Throughout their diverse thirty minute set, all three women, Bess Rogers, Hannah Winkler, and Lelia Broussard, traded off lead vocals and offered excellent harmonies for their bandmates. The juxtaposition of their tight, sweet harmonies, playing off of a raw rock backbone, with clear punk underpinnings made their sound a unique blend of rock that absolutely demands attention. They were fun and interactive onstage and played well off of each other.
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We caught this UK band when they passed through The Social two summers ago. They put on an excellent show then, and didn’t disappoint this time either. Interestingly, back on their 2012 tour, they were sampling new music from a yet-t0-be-released album; a show lead singer Max McElligott referenced during “Something Unusual.” On this night, we were treated to a nice glimpse of what to expect on the soon to be released Alveron. They kicked off their set with “Black River,” the first single from the album, and closed with the title track.
McElligott provided a stirring and passionate acoustic version of “Ghost In My Life,” a song that he hinted will sound much different on the album. They also played their next single, “Lay Your Love Down” which featured the full band at their rollicking best. The band also offered a nice assortment of tracks from their debut album, Suego Faults, highlighted by a rousing version of the fan-favorite “Lions In Cages.”
This LA trio closed the night with a captivating offering of synth-driven indie rock. Their stage set-up was unique, as the stage was peppered with four different keyboard set-ups. The trio is touring with two additional musicians, and they delivered a sonically robust cohesive set. Their songs were highlighted by pristine musicianship and catchy hooks. Lead singer, Landon Jacobs is clearly the focal point and with his mesmerizing vocals, it’s for good reason.
Jacobs interacted with drummer Hayden Coplen throughout the set and they played well off of each other. Multi-instrumentalist, Jason Suwito traded off instruments seemingly after every song, at times playing keyboards, guitar and bass – and mastering each. The highlights of the set were a well-received offering of the title track from their forthcoming album, “You Haunt Me,” and their late 2013 hit, “Gold.” The only downside? Their set was virtually played in the dark…
Three different bands, three very different sounds, and one killer night of new rock ‘n roll. The Cherrytree Presents tour continues through late September, and is a can’t miss event for all fans of alternative rock. If you are going, buy the VIP package – which includes a crapload of music, a tour poster, and a meet and greet. Full tour dates below, but you can get your tickets here: Cherrytree Presents.
9/2 ATLANTA, GA The Earl
9/4 RICHMOND, VA The National
9/8 WASHINGTON, DC U Street
9/10 NEW YORK, NY Stage48
9/11 ALBANY, NY The Hollow
9/12 BOSTON, MA Brighton Music Hall
9/15 PITTSBURGH, PA Stage AE
9/16 COLUMBUS, OH The Basement
9/17 ST LOUIS, MO Firebird
9/18 MILWAUKEE, WI The Rave
9/19 CHICAGO, IL Subterranean
9/20 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Triple Rock
9/22 KANSAS CITY, MO Riot Room
9/24 COL SPRINGS, CO Black Sheep
9/25 DENVER, CO Marquis Theatre
9/27 PHOENIX, AZ Crescent Ballroom
9/28 SAN DIEGO, CA Irenic
9/29 LOS ANGELES, CA El Rey
Suddenly, Southern California has become a hot bed for emerging rock bands hitting the RARA’s Farm radar. We’ve recently written about bands like The Neighbourhood, The Mowgli’s and Blondfire, all SoCal bands producing excellent new rock. The newest artist to add to the list? It’s Sir Sly, a talented three-piece out of Los Angeles.
Sir Sly are riding the recent success of their initial single release, “Gold,” the title track off of their new EP. Featuring the captivating vocals of lead singer Landon Jacobs, “Gold” is absolutely addictive and destined to be a defining song of 2014. Drummer Hayden Coplen and keyboardist Jason Suwito round out the trio, and fill the song with a deep dark musical bed that accompanies Jacobs’ vocals perfectly. The writing is polished and distinctive; what you would expect from a much more mature and established artist. Listening to this quick four-song offering, it was quickly apparent that their future is extremely bright.
I find myself comparing Sir Sly to both Coldplay and the aforementioned Neighbourhood. There are sonic similarities for sure, but these guys are a bit more synth-driven than the first, and might possibly have more of a pop hook to their tracks than the latter. “Found You Out” is a perfect example of this, and another melodious song with an edge; a song with the likelihood to be receiving copious amounts of airplay in the near future. “Ghost” is a bit more dark, but just as aurally appealing. Good stuff, and probably the one song most similar in feel to The Neighbourhood.
Over the next few months, you can catch Sir Sly opening for the very talented The 1975. Having recently caught the band with their charismatic frontman Matthew Healy, it seems the perfect match for this talented threesome who join the tour with a great performing reputation themselves. The tour kicks off in mid-April and brings the bands to Florida on the following dates:
5/19/2014: Jacksonville, FL – Free Bird Live
5/20/2014: Ft Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
5/21/2014: Orlando, FL – House of Blues