by Andrew Sacher

Saintseneca

Saintseneca's followup to last year's Dark Arc, Such Things, comes out next week (10/9) via ANTI- (the same label that today releases the breathtaking new Deafheaven album). Like on the last album, they very much go for the Neutral Milk Hotel/Arcade Fire style of indie, but they've got a refreshing take on it. Too many of the bands who ape this sound (and there are too many) go for the classical instrumentation or the whimsy or the whoa-ohs but leave out anything that makes it identifiable as "indie rock." Saintseneca are a band that came up playing venues like Death by Audio, and they keep those DIY roots intact. Not to mention they've got a member in punk band All Dogs and another in The Sidekicks (who at least used to be punk but now have a Shins/Band of Horses thing going on). Frontman Zac Little also has a unique, instantly-recognizable voice, and there's some new ground covered on Such Things too. Most notably -- at least to this writer -- the fairly prominent usage of sitar. You can stream the whole thing below (via NPR).

The band will be on an all-in-the-family tour soon, with support from The Sidekicks and Yowler (aka All Dogs/Saintseneca member Maryn Jones). That tour hits NYC on October 9 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for Merc are still available.

After that tour, they'll head to Europe with Widowspeak. Updated dates below...

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Saintseneca -- 2015 Tour Dates
10/2: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, San Francisco
10/7: Club Cafe, Pittsburgh*
10/8: Black Cat, DC*
10/9: Mercury Lounge, NYC*
10/10: Johnny Brendas, Philly*
10/11: Daryl's House, Pawling NY*
10/13: The Haunt, Ithaca NY*
10/14: 9th Ward @ Babeville, Buffalo NY*
10/15: The Garrison, Toronto ON*
10/16: Blind Pig, Ann Arbor*
10/17: Empty Bottle, Chicago*
10/18: Cactus Club, Milwaukee*
10/20: 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis*
10/21: Reverb, Omaha*
10/22: The Bishop, Bloomington*
10/23: Northside Tavern, Cincinnati*
10/24: Grog Shop, Cleveland*
11/21: Le Guess Who - Utrecht (NL)^
11/22: London Fields Brewery - London (UK)^
11/24: Night and Day - Manchester (UK)^
11/25: Nice N Sleazy - Glasgow (UK)^
11/26: Brudenell Social Club - Leeds (UK)^
11/27: The Louisiana - Bristol (UK)^
11/28: Mutations @ The Haunt - Brighton (UK)^
11/30: Merleyn - Nijmegen (NL)^
12/1: Stubnitz - Hamburg (D)^
12/2: Vega - Copenhagen (DK)^
12/4: Newport Music Hall, Columbus OH

* - w/ The Sidekicks, Yowler
^ - w/ Widowspeak