Cause A Scene has been on a bit of a blogging hiatus lately as I’ve been planning out a spring calendar of house shows for 2013 and taking some time to reflect on our first year (more on that next week). There are a lot of things I’m really excited to see in 2013, and one of the biggest things I’m keeping my eye on is the sophomore release from Seryn, out sometime in the first half of this year. If you’re new to Cause A Scene, then you should know that Seryn is the band that started it all for Cause A Scene, setting everything into motion with our first house show back in the Fall of 2011.
Over the holidays, our favorite Dentonites (Dentonians?) released a live video of their brand new song “Ivory Black”. In typical Seryn form, the song takes the listener through several movements, ebbing and flowing in tempo with equal parts tenderness and raw emotional energy. “Ivory Black” displays some of the richest harmonies I’ve heard from this band so far with some finely intricate guitar work from lead guitarist Nathan Allen. In short, it stands as one of my very favorite Seryn songs overall and has me even more excited about what is to come from this band in 2013 and beyond.
(For our final artist preview in advance of tomorrow night’s “In Good Company” show at 12th & Porter, Cause A Scene is delighted to have guest writers, Nathan James Allen and Cal Quinn write on one of their favorite artists, Julia Sinclair. Nathan is a musician and songwriter and part of Seryn. He and Julia have been writing and recording together and may have a surprise new song to perform together tomorrow night. Cal Quinn is a musician, Seryn’s Front of House, and also the Front of House for Ft. Worth, Texas music venue Live Oak. He is someone with a great ear for talented musicians who we’ve really come to respect for his ability to discover great talent.)
With vocal gusto, charm, polished guitar chops, and a refined songcraft, Julia Sinclair transcends genre easily without a sacrifice of quality. Epitomizing the marriage of musicianship and songwriting, she wields a guitar most impressively and commands attention with her voice leaving the listener privileged to have encountered the phenomenon.
An accomplished classical guitarist by age 16, Julia’s interest in songwriting pushed her to leave New York for Nashville to pursue her own visions of pop, soul, and folk. She steadily wins over listeners across the country as she balances her time continuously touring and recording new material in anticipation of her debut record, set to be released sometime in 2013.
When new fans can catch their breath to say anything of her post-performance she is most commonly described as “mind-blowing” and “unbelievably talented”. She is not to be confused with the latest, trendy, Top 40 drivel coming through most radio stations today. She transcends and rises above those things that so easily weigh many a pop artist down. Julia is someone who elevates and inspires those around her. In short, Julia has the best of it all: Talent, Songs, and Personality.
It should be mentioned that some time ago, the legendary singer and producer Babyface flew to New York City, then drove to upstate New York to see Julia perform live and offer her a contract at age 19. If Babyface can make the trip to New York to find this hidden gem, we think it’s well worth your time to make the trip out to 12th & Porter tomorrow night. Julia goes on stage first at 7:30, so make sure to be there on time. It shouldn’t take long for everyone else to catch on to what all the buzz around this phenom is all about.
I met Chris Semmelbeck in Midland, TX at a mutual friend’s wedding. Our conversation quickly turned to music and I found out that he was in a band. Later on in the trip, Chris showed me and a group of friends one of the songs that his band had just finished recording. The band was Seryn. The song (if I remember correctly) was “Our Love”. About 6 months after this encounter, Paste Magazine included Seryn in their Best of What’s Next.
If you’ve never seen Seryn live, you need to. It’s a surreal experience. Each member is a multi-instrumentalist, even shuffling instruments between songs. And my guess is that you’ve never heard this combination of traditional folk/bluegrass blended with anthems that could fill Madison Square Garden. The music is beautifully crafted, with sweeping landscapes of violin, banjo, and guitar over heavy percussion. When you experience Seryn, you realize quickly that you’re experiencing far more than well-crafted lyrics and melodies you can sing with. You’re experiencing an orchestra. It’s not about one voice, or one lyric, or one instrument. It’s music as a whole. It’s a comprehensive sound. With just 6 people. And each person is completely lost in the music that they are creating
It’s truly a beautiful thing.
If you haven’t seen Seryn, then you have your chance on November 17th at 12th and Porter.