Seattle psych-rock outfit JESSE SYKES & THE SWEET HEREAFTER makes its debut at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati on Saturday, November 19. Local faves BUFFALO KILLERS to support

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Jesse Sykes

MOTR Pub presents


Saturday, November 19, 2011
MOTR Pub, 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio; 513-381-6687

all shows at MOTR Pub FREE, 21-and-up, 10 p.m.


Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter follow up 2007’s critically acclaimed ‘Like Love, Lust and the Open Halls of the Soul’ with ‘Marble Son’, their fourth release from Paris’s Fargo Records and the first on their own US imprint Station Grey/Thirty Tigers.

Sykes and Wandscher took on full production duties for ‘Marble Son’; recorded entirely in and around their hometown of Seattle (engineered by Mell Dettmer and mixed by Martin Fevyear). ‘Marble Son’ exemplifies a band at their creative pinnacle—heavier and more complex than previous records; the music resonates among the parallel worlds of the avant-garde and the timeless. Sykes’ voice and sometimes-mystical leanings (the former described aptly by Magnet as “sounding less like a performer and more like a sage”) and her band’s incomparable musical repoire culminate in what the New York Times has described as “spellbound music, rapt in fatalism and sorrow.” Syke’s trademark thematic darkness and acclaimed songwriting have never been more present; yet ‘Marble Son’ speaks of evolution, which Sykes describes as, “a sonic mirror of the most chaotic, turbulent times of our lives, where beauty triumphed, and the tears that spilled became this record”.

‘Marble Son’ is the sound of a band evolving—urgently expanding to mirror the chaos of modern culture while not forgetting the beauty of the tender and mecurial world that exists within us all—the result is more relevant than ever… and, as Jesse puts it; “We have never been closer to sounding like “The Sweet Hereafter” then we do here”. What a sweet sound it is. V.K.


Garage/Psych Pop trio Buffalo Killers will have its third long-player, titled 3, released on Aug. 2 through Alive Records (also home to Brian Olive’s recent sophomore solo album).  The trio — which found big fans amongst the members of The Black Keys and The Black Crowes, doing tour dates with both — also appears on the new Guided By Voices tribute album, Sing For Your Meat: A Tribute to Guided By Voices. The band’s cover of the GBV tune “Scalding Creek” leads off the album, which was released in April on No More Fake Labels and also features contributions from The Flaming Lips, Lou Barlow, Crooked Fingers, Jason Isbell, Blitzen Trapper, Superdrag, Elf Power and Thurston Moore. Kelley Deal of The Breeders lends the Killers a hand on the track with some guest vocals — the sessions for the song at the local Candyland studio produced by local music vet Mike Montgomery led to Deal and Montgomery forming the duo R. Ring.