Robert Francis & The Night Tide With Special Guests
Saintseneca & Robert Francis and The Night Tide @ The Sunset Tavern This event is 21 and over SaintsenecaWebsiteMySpaceFacebookTwitterWatchLinksSaintseneca is a young band from Columbus Ohio led by singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist Zac Little. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes Saintseneca perform songs that sound familiar and uniquely original, all at once. While the group formed in Columbus Ohio, Little hails from the rural hills of Appalachia. It is a solitary and dramatic landscape that has infused the bands songs with a sense of introspection and striking narratives. I was raised on farms in Appalachia, Little explains, And I think that my perspective on music was shaped by where I grew up. It was twenty minutes to see the nearest person. Being so isolated forced me to be introspective and resourceful. As a kid I would explore these abandoned houses and barns and wonder what had happened in those places. With a diverse assemblage of influences, the bands poetic lyricism and folk instrumentation is consistently enhanced by elements of pop, post-punk and psychedelia. It is a sound that evolved from playing alongside an array of electrified bands at DIY house shows. The scene in Columbus is really vibrant and diverse, Little explains. The connecting thread has less to do with musical style than a shared ethos. We were this quiet folk band playing with punk and hardcore bands so we would try to channel as much volume and power from those instruments. Saintsenecas upcoming second album Dark Arc is informed by change. While previous records documented the bands celebrated live show, the new record is the result of both a revamped lineup and a dramatically expanded recording process. Dark Arc conveys an exhilarating mix of darkness and light. Lyrics of disintegration play out against arrangements brimming with buoyant folk, post punk and pop. Its a powerful combination and highlights a great sense of joy amidst all the doom. Robert Francis and The Night TideFacebookLinksAs the Ozark Mountain Daredevils put it so poetically 40-some years ago, "If you wanna get to heaven, you gotta raise a little hell" or, in the case of singer/songwriter Robert Francis, go through it. There is considerable irony in Francis calling his upcoming fourth album Heaven, that arrived June 3 on Aeronaut Records, given that it emerged out of circumstances that were decidedly non-celestial. What Francis calls "a near-nervous breakdown" took him off the road after the release of his 2012 album Strangers in the First Place, and he spent a period of time mired in substance abuse while hiding out in Michigan with a girl he'd met on the road. Just for good measure, he shaved his head too. But Francis was able to make his way back from the edge, thanks in part to a set of songs that kept haunting his dreams. Eventually, he recorded 13 of them with Mark Rains (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and Howie Weinberg (Jeff Buckley, Nirvana). Though rougher and less polished than Francis' prior albums, Heaven is a beautiful collection of folksy pop songs that sound hard-won.