SIDRA’s grinding rhythm and drums section provides a turmoil-laden ebbing foundation to support the guttural vocals calling out in despair to the darkness. Shining synths and eery guitars ring, creating a vibrant atmosphere.
This female-fronted four piece horror show came together and rose from the ashes of previous musical endeavors in 2011, originally founded by Matt Haskell and Sean Conkling. Each member brings their own identity, inspirations and innovation to the group. This has advantageously allowed them to mix their various influences to meld minds and make some of the heaviest music pounding the clubs right now.
Sean has been touring both as a musician and Front of House engineer for many years. Sean started making music at age 15. At 19 Sean began a non-stop pace touring with his band Jermflux. In the mid ‘90s Sean combined his love of music with the newly developing computer recording technology known as Pro Tools. With his previous experience in the computer industry as a programmer, internet networking administrator as well as experience in various professional studios both in Phoenix, Virginia and Massachusetts, Sean brings an immense technical prowess and history of music production to the table.
In 2004 Sean opened Burning Blade Studio as engineer, producer and owner.
Matt began playing drums early on in life at the tender age of 10. Through high school Matt enthusiastically worked to increase not only his drum collection, but also his technical proficiency in as many different styles as possible. With a history delving into a number of genres including industrial and metal, he keeps the clock running to a very precise timing.
Matt went to Berklee College of Music for music theory, and later the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences for recording and production. He spent some time working at Villain Recording and Brick Road Studios in Phoenix, Arizona, perfecting his recording, drum editing and audio production skills. Matt has done session work for multiple bands in the Phoenix area. After a chance meeting between two common friends, Matt and Sean formed SIDRA in 2011.
Jeremy has a long history in the music realm. In 2003, Jeremy made his debut with his band Audkik. The band dominated the southern California metal scene, hitting up shows with Exodus, Prong, Kittie, In This Moment, 36 Crazyfists, Walls of Jericho and many more. After a number of good years with Audkik, Jeremy relocated to the white-to Zurich, Switzerland. While he did spend some time learning how to record music on his own, he decided to relocate to Tempe, Arizona to further sharpen his audio recording chops.
Jeremy was quite eager to get playing again, and the type of music SIDRA offered was eclectic enough...heavy...and very free form which allowed his creativity to boil. From then on, Jeremy has been the guitarist for SIDRA.
Entering the metal scene in 2003, Stacie did guest appearance vocals with the band Toilsome, based out of Lansing, Michigan. With that experience, she craved more and joined Seizure Lake in 2005. Seizure Lake played many shows and festivals, recorded a four track untitled demo in 2006, a five song EP in 2008, and an eight song album in 2010. Stacie moved to Arizona in 2011, and later that year, she met, Matt and Sean at a halloween party, and joined SIDRA in early 2012.
SIDRA released itself upon the world in 2013, with live punishing shows shattering mirrors and perceptions alike. Keep an eye out, because they are coming for you...