Sir Sly recently performed at the El Rey Theatre.
And photog Mallory Turner was there to shoot the fantastic show.
This Wild Life is the project of Long Beach natives Anthony del Grosso and Kevin Jordan who years ago used to play a lot of pop-punk. The duo’s sophomore LP, Low Tides, was recently released by Epitaph Records and is their best collection yet. Produced by Aaron Marsh (of Copeland) and Jason Suwito (of Sir Sly and RAEKO), the album is filled with sincere lyrics and solid harmonies which swirl into epic anthems of acoustic indie pop. Here’s their latest single, “Falling Down,” which is a beautiful testament to the band’s superb progression.
“Nobody else can have me the way that you do.”
And here’s the track’s inventive music video.
This Wild Life is currently on tour.
AJÁ ROSE returns by leaking another single, “Sayittomenow,” off their forthcoming debut EP. Produced by Jason Suwito (a.k.a. RAEKO and of Sir Sly), the energizing song alters between electro jolts and trap-pop lulls bonded by a sharp swirling vox.
“Call me up only at night.”
Mating Ritual returns by leaking his “goodbye to summer” single, “Look the Other Way,” off his sophomore EP, Fall Collection ’16, which drops on October 7th. Mixed and mastered by Jason Suwito (a.k.a RAEKO and of Sir Sly), the song is an upbeat bop of popish indie rock highlighted by a fantastic, soaring chorus featuring harmonies by the reliably lovely Lizzy Land.
“I wake up with the morning light but I don’t know where I am.”
RAEKO returns with another stellar single, “Need 2 Know,” featuring vocals by the reliably rad Mating Ritual. He may have mockingly labeled the song as “jazzercise” but its heavy, pulsing digi-beats and sharp synths do demand a viciously sweaty dance-off.
“I fell in love with someone who looks just like me.”
AJÁ ROSE is a fresh, LA-based singer/drummer duo whose debut single, “Paradise Blue,” alters between bursting digi-beats and subtle synth lulls all while a pristine, sharp vox glides through. The track is the first song leaked off their forthcoming debut EP which was produced by Jason Suwito (of Sir Sly). Watch out Phantogram!
“I can’t tell my mind to stay slow.”
And here’s the single’s glimmering visual video:
RAEKO is the new side project by Jason Suwito of Sir Sly. Based out of his studio (dubbed “Noise Coalition”) in Costa Mesa, he makes fantastic digi-pop such as his new midtempo single, “Back 2 U,” featuring Maya Tuttle (of The Colourist) on vocals. The result is a solid sonic fusion of smooth synthwaves and trip-pop beats that don’t hesitate to escalate.
“You always got me running back to you.”
And photog Joe Cortez was there to shoot Sir Sly, Little Wolves, Tashaki Miyaki, GAL PALS, The End of Summer, Opus Orange, Nightjacket, Nacosta, Vanish Valley, Kat Myers and the Buzzards, and Hobart W Fink.
Sir Sly recently ended their nationwide tour at The Wiltern.
And Mallory Turner met up to shoot some pics and ask drummer Hayden Coplen some questions.
Do you prefer to kick off or end a tour in your hometown of L.A.?
“It’s a special feeling to end a tour in Los Angeles. It feels great to finish and simultaneously be surrounded by friends and family who have supported us for years. Also, I really miss hometown food at that point, so it’s a bonus.”
Sir Sly’s sound is heavy on electronic production. What was the stimulus for this direction?
“Honestly, I think it’s a product of music we were listening to when Sir Sly started. I was, and am, drawn to artists like Radiohead or LCD Soundsystem that are using electronics in an inventive, fresh way. Landon [Jacobs] and I grew up playing in a more traditional rock band setup with no electronics. So once Sir Sly started, it was like painting with a new brush. It was a period of exponential artistic growth for all of us.”
What would you say is the most common lyrical misinterpretation of one of your songs?
“I’ve heard that some people think the album is full of love or breakup songs. While that’s close to the truth in a certain sense, I would encourage those people to dig deeper and know that most of our songs are not about romantic relationships.”
How many songs were cut from You Haunt Me?
“We cut about twenty five or so.”
Will we ever get to hear them?
“Probably not. There are some good songs that got cut and some that are not good at all. Our time writing and recording in the studio lately has been incredibly fruitful. So there is no reason or need at this [point] to revisit those old songs. I’d rather just release new ones.”
Lizzy Plapinger of MS MR sang on your track “Inferno.” Has she ever joined you on stage?
“No! One day… She’s an incredible person and we owe a lot to her and Neon Gold for getting Sir Sly started. Have you heard their new single by the way? Just listened this morning. It’s great.”
Indeed. Who do you want to contribute guest vocals on the next album?
“Maybe we’ll let Jason [Suwito] sing. Or Chase [Kensrue]? Philippe [Andre]? But for real, we don’t have anyone planned at the moment. It would have to be something that arises naturally. You can always tell when an artist forces a collaboration like that and the results don’t quite hold up.”