Anti- has announced the signing of Saintseneca, a young band from Columbus, Ohio led by singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist Zac Little. The group utilises a wide range of instrumentation (violin, mandolin, dulcimer, Turkish Baglama and floor percussion) with the more contemporary elements such as synthesisers and electric guitars to create a unique merging of rustic and modern. Folk and country motifs converge seamlessly with soaring vocals and a vibrant post-punk energy.
While the group formed in Columbus Ohio, a majority of Saintseneca’s members, including songwriter Little, hail from the rural hills of Appalachia. It is a landscape that has infused the group’s expansive and evocative music with a deep sense of introspection.Little explains: “I was raised on farms in Appalachia and I think that my perspective on music was shaped by where I grew up. Being so isolated played a huge role in my music and in the subjects I write about.”
The band’s poetic lyricism and folk instrumentation is powerfully enhanced by elements of pop, post-punk and psychedelia. It is a memorable and moving sound which originally evolved playing alongside electrified punk bands at DIY house shows. “Playing those shows made us want to draw the most sound and volume from the instruments we were using,” Little explains.
Check out Saintseneca on Live From Bad Racket, a video series featuring artists performing at the Cleveland based recording studio:
Saintseneca will be performing a series of North American dates.
June 20 Philadelphia, PA @ Moonbase Nix
June 21 Boston, MA @ Lily’s Pad
June 22 New Haven, CT @ The Space
June 23 Brooklyn, NY @ Hillstock Music Fest
June 24 Brooklyn, NY @ Death By Audio
June 25 Doylestown, PA @ Siren Records
June 26 Willimantic, CT @ Shitty Present HQ
June 27 Washington, DC @ The Dollhouse
June 28 Norfolk, VA @ The Iguana
June 29 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project