On Friday night, Columbus indie-folk band Saintseneca graced the stage of PhilaMOCA in support of their new album Pillar of Na, which was released on August 31st on Anti-. The band is the brain child of Columbus based musician Zac Little, who uses a verity of unconventional instrumentation to build a sound unlike anything else. Continue reading →
A holiday on Monday means we’ll just have to gig harder the rest of the week. Starting tonight with Foxing at Union Transfer, and going through the weekend with First Aid Kit at The Fillmore, we bring you seventeen concerts to see all around Philadelphia this week. Continue reading →
Columbus, Ohio folk-punksters Saintseneca have announced a new album on ANTI- Records, Pillar of Na, along with their first headlining tour in 3 years. The follow-up to their grandiose 2015 opus Such Things, Pillar of Na sees the band once again pushing their music to the experimental edges of folk in search of new expressive possibilities. Singer and songwriter Zac Little says that in making the album he wanted “to reach way back, echoing ancient folk melodies, tie that into punk rock, and then push it into the future…I’m looking for the intersection between Kendrick Lamar and The Fairport Convention.” Continue reading →
Hometown heroes Tigers Jaw returned to Philadelphia Friday night with a packed gig at Union Transfer. The band is touring in support of their latest album Spin which was released May 19th on Black Cement Records. Accompanying Tigers Jaw on this tour is the indie folk band Saintseneca along with Smidley, a new project from Foxing lead singer Conor Murphy. Check out the full photo gallery from the night Continue reading →
“I write all the songs that I want to write,” says Saintseneca‘s Zac Little as we’re walking around on the Reading Viaduct, “so why would I need another band?” While many of his bandmates moonlight in other projects — All Dogs, Yowler, The Sidekicks, to name a few, these are not unknown bands in the slightest — Zac feels fulfilled in one sphere. One whole cloth.
It’s a philosophy that Zac takes into his songwriting, as well. Anything can be profound, everything is valuable in the right light. A question like “How Many Blankets Are In The World?” might seem inane, but in Little’s hands it finds meaning beyond measure. Continue reading →
Columbus indie folk ensemble Saintseneca released their fifth LP, Such Things, last year on ANTI- Records. Below, watch them perform the title track on a recent visit to Austin’s KUTX via VuHaus. Continue reading →
The constantly surprising Thao and the Get Down Stay Down have been suspiciously quiet since their acclaimed and awesome 2013 LP, We The Common, so maybe a recent announcement about spring tour indicates something in the works for the unique indie-rock group — at least, we hope. Continue reading →
Saintseneca just released the third single from its upcoming LP, Such Things. Streaming now at Paste as the magazine’s most recent Songs Illustrated feature, “Bad Ideas” opens with distorted guitars and compressed drums accompanying Zac Little’s gloomy vocals. The track dives right into the “doom and gloom” of ephemeral relationships, the driving beat and bassline mimicking the seemingly repetitive nature of these futile romances.
That’s not to say that these qualities make for an unenjoyable song; “Bad Ideas” is just a taste of the philosophical, existential, and spiritual nature of Saintseneca’s new record. Continue reading →
The album’s first single, “Sleeper Hold”, features slurry guitar and the beautiful harmonies of Maryn Jones and frontman Zac Little. It’s a rocking, autumnal folk song with an anthemic chorus, the perfect premiere for Saintseneca’s most accessible output to date. Continue reading →