Saintseneca

Got an email from this band last week where they told me that they had been reading my Saintseneca review as Zac Little and crew are one of their favorites. There is certianly some similarity between this new Denver outfit and Saintseneca. So if you were one of the other dozen people that read that review, I’d suggest checking out the track below. Here’s some info from the band.

Denver indie-punk band knuckle pups debut release San Panino is out on October 27th. Knuckle pups situates themselves smack in the divide between melodic indie rock, and emotionally raw punk music. “We’re punks playing indie music, says Oliver Holloway, principle songwriter. I grew up playing in punk bands but also always listened to pretty bands like Sufjan Stevens, this is our punk ass attempt to try and make something as pretty as we can without losing the rawness or ethic of DIY punk culture”. New Reckless is a synth heavy track that traverses between pop hooks and swelling cathardic crescendos, with a chorus “I’ll promise to cross this desert if you promise to survive, so hold on. Hold on” referencing Holloway’s experience as a caretaker for his terminally ill sister. Look for San Panino from Wild Baby Records on all major streaming platforms.

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Saintseneca – Pillar of Na (album review)

by Woody on September 13, 2018

Photo Credit: Nick Fancher

Pillar of Na sees Zac Little and company expanding on their musical palette without losing touch with that hybrid of punk/Appalachian folk that endeared them to many. Sometimes it is easy to forget that our favorite bands are not machines, yet people that are constantly evolving. But for the listener, or at least this listener, it is nice when the band keeps that tether. Little says, “You’re always going to be situated in the folk legacy. But let’s move forward. I’m not trying to make the lost Velvet Underground B-side. I want to find something that has never been heard before, or at least go down trying.”

Pillar of Na does that. Working with Mike Mogis, Little is able to pull that off. The second track, Feverer really sits on fence of big indie tune (with synths and a mellotron) and sparser folk portions where Little is joined by long-term Maryn Jones and newcomer Casleigh Featherstone. Frostbiter starts off somewhat sorrowful, as Little sings of his later grandfather. But Jones’ swooning backing vocals bring some light; almost as if celebrating the life lived. Moon Barks at the Dog is just a lovely tune, probably my favorite they’ve ever done. The line, weep with me in 4/4 time gives me goose bumps.

Pillar of Na is my favorite Saintseneca album. I love what Little and crew is doing. I get excited to see where he takes things with every album.

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Photo Credit: Nick Fancher

Saintseneca have released a couple of albums of what I would loosely term as folk. It definitely had a punk edge to it and their debut certainly showed an affinity for Neutral Milk Hotel. The band has continued to evolve and based on this first track, lead singer Zac Little’s ambition is still running strong.

Musically, Pillar of Na is Saintseneca’s most ambitious album to date, with Little aiming to incorporate genre elements he’d rarely heard in folk. “I wanted to use the idiom of folk-rock, or whatever you want to call it, and to try to do something that had never been done before,” Little explains. “To reach way back, echoing ancient folk melodies, tie that into punk rock, and then push it into the future. I told Mike Mogis I wanted Violent Femmes meets the new Blade Runner soundtrack. I’m looking for the intersection between Kendrick Lamar and The Fairport Convention.”

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Saintseneca – Such Things [album review]

by Woody on November 5, 2015

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I’ve introduced Saintseneca to a few people. And while many have liked it, I have heard some say that “it’s good but the lead singer’s voice, Zac Little, isn’t for me.” I disagree as I love his voice as it reminds me of Jeff Mangum. And I thought they such a good job framing it during their last effort, Dark Arc. Utilizing a litany of folky instruments to make a lush Appalachian landscape and the occasional assistance from fellow bandmate, Maryn Jones, Little’s voice really stuck a nerve with me.

On Such Things, I think they improved on all that. The songs are more direct. Little’s lyrics are less verbose. The production is more polished, as well a more consistent use of rock’s traditional instruments – guitar, drums, synths, etc. I don’t want to give the impression that they’ve abandoned their roots. They just spread them out a little in a way really improved the sound.

Another thing that I really love on Such Things is that it feels like Jones’ vocals are present more. The lead single, Sleeper Hold, sees her take the lead for the first verse as they trade verses. The mid-tempo number sounds like something you could see them busking on the street capturing crowds with their infectious chorus.

And the harmonies between Little and Jones are wonderful throughout. The breezy Estuary that follows Sleeper Hold is such a pleasure. The guitar riff that pops up throughout lends some serious punch and texture to the track. A few tracks later, Little goes it alone on the beautiful and conflicted How Many Blankets Are In.

Little had this to say about Such Things, “I was pushing myself with Such Things to try to explore the pop motif further, to try to use and bend that formula of having a groove, a beat, locking in and using that as scaffolding to build a song,” Well, mission accomplished friend.

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Saintseneca annouce new release, Such Things 10/9/15

August 18, 2015

Saintseneca are set to release their third album and follow up to the excellent 2014 effort, Dark Arc. I was digging these guys, caught them live and have been hooked since. Here’s some info on Such Things. Moving away from the cinematic, linear quality of Dark Arc, Little sought even higher ground for the new […]

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Saintseneca – Uppercutter

September 26, 2013

We alerted you about Anti’s new signing, Saintseneca, back in June. Now they’ve gone and released a track from their debut, Dark Arc, which will be out in March of 2014. I’ve already put them down as a must-see for SXSW 2014, so hopefully they’ll be there. Otherwise, I’ll feel like a big jerky-face. In […]

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Anti Records signs Saintseneca

June 13, 2013

I don’t jack about these guys but the tune in the video below is tasty. Plus the lead singer is rocking a sweet stache. Here is what Anti had to say about their latest signing. Anti- is thrilled to announce the signing of Saintseneca, a young band from Columbus, Ohio led by singer-songwriter and multi […]

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