Sir Sly Brought Their Electric Sounds to SXSW The SXSW Crowd At StubHub's Sound Stage Couldn't Get Enough
AUSTIN, TX- My day 2 night session of SXSW 2019 ended on a very cool note as I got to see indie electronic rock band Sir Sly close out the StubHub showcase at Banger’s. Comprised of Landon Jacobs, Hayden Coplen, and Jason Suwito, this LA group has released only two albums, last one coming out in 2017, but has already performed at major music festivals and headlined a US tour. I wasn’t familiar with their music prior coming into the set, but the crowd turnout and excitement when they took the stage told me that I was in for a treat.
Sir Sly started out the night by playing the second single off their 2015 debut album You Haunt Me, called “Gold”, which I instantly recognized because it was featured in MLB: The Show 14. It’s a drum heavy, pop-rock record with a catchy hook and head-nodding beat that has Jacob singing about chasing one’s dreams. The rest of the set, however, contained cuts from their last album Don’t You Worry, Honey that dons production credits from the likes of Chance the Rapper and Quincy Jones. Stylistically, it’s a stark contrast from You Haunt Me as they dive deeper into alt-rock themes and play around with more synthesizers and electronic sounds to help create better developed rhythms. Jacobs’s raspy voice combined with an echo effect perfectly overlayed this newer style.
Sir Sly ran through the setlist playing fan favorites such as “Alter”, “2am”and their most popular single, “High”. The mix of guitar and drums with heavy electronic elements created a very lively performance that was really fun to watch. Jacobs was jumping around the stage throughout the night, at times jumping on the drum kit while playing his guitar. He even went into the crowd a few times to show them some love as well.
The evening ended with the band performing &Run three times in a row as the crowd kept asking for more, not wanting the set to end. I had a great time watching Sir Sly play live and I’m looking forward to a new album that’s supposed to come out some time later this year. They aren’t on tour but they’re doing some festival stops this summer and I would definitely recommend to check them out.