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Saintseneca’s New Album, Dark Arc, Is Out Now

The new Saintseneca album, Dark Arc, is now in stores after receiving much early acclaim from critics and fans alike. Combining the raw acoustic instrumentation of singer-songwriter Zac Little’s rural Appalachian background with atmospheric production and post-punk energy, the band’s tuneful, poetic songs soar higher than ever before. A string of performances at SXSW generated a genuine buzz with influential station KCRW writing of the band “getting the crowd riled up” and “making a great first impression,” and culminating with a profile of Zac Little in Esquire Magazine.

This week front man Little was interviewed on the national NPR show Weekend Edition. Host Rachel Martin begins the segment by proclaiming “This is not your grandpa’s Appalachia” before exploring the band’s distinctive DIY roots and penchant for merging dark themes with uplifting pop structures.

The first single from Dark Arc – a beautifully uplifting melancholic track entitled Happy Alone has already been added by influential radio stations WXPN in Philadelphia, WFUV in NYC, KUTX in Austin and Sirius XM’s The Loft and others. Early reviews have absolutely raved about this emerging band, Rolling Stone calling Dark Arc a “gem” and the Seattle Weekly writing that Saintseneca is “a delight to listen to, riding the edge between old weird Appalachian Americana and melodic indie pop.” Pitchfork proclaims that “Zac Little writes stompy folk songs that are more artfully crafted than all the bands you probably just thought of when you read the words “stompy folk songs.”

You can catch Saintseneca live on the following dates:
April 02  Soho Santa Barbara CA
April 03 SLO Brew San Luis Obispo CA
April 05  PHX AM Party Phoenix AZ
April 08 Lambert’s  Austin TX
April 09 Fitzgerald’s- Downstairs Houston TX
April 10 Circle Bar New Orleans LA
April 11 Bottletree Birmingham  AL
April 12 Hi-Watt  Nashville TN
April 14  The Bishop Bloomington IN
April 19  Wexner Center  Columbus  OH
May 31 Nelsonville Festival Nelsonville Ohio
June 03 Brillobox  Pittsburgh PA
June 04 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA
June 5 Black Cat Washington DC
June 06 Mercury Lounge New York NY
June 07 The Space  Hamden  CT
June 08 Great Scott Boston MA
June 09Higher Ground South Burlington VT
June 10 BugJar Rochester NY
June 11 The Drake Hotel  Toronto
June 12 The Blind Pig Ann Arbor MI
June 13 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
June 14 The Cedar Minneapolis, MN
June 15  Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
July 13 Bunbury Festival Cincinnati, OH

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Saintseneca’s Debut Album, Dark Arc, Streaming In Full Now On NPR’s First Listen

Saintseneca’s music could be described as Appalachian strum meets post punk stomp, complete with ghostly harmonies and anthemic melodies. Anchored by front man Zac Little’s soulful bray and introspective poetics, Saintseneca’s debut, Dark Arc, will be available everywhere on April 1. In the meantime you can hear it in its entirety on NPR’s First Listen.

It’s been an exciting year for Columbus, Ohio’s Saintseneca with non-stop touring and a triumphant run of SXSW gigs. Their lead in single, Happy Alone, has received great reviews and picked up airplay on influential stations like WXPN in Philadelphia, WFUV in NYC, KUTX in Austin and Sirius XM’s The Loft among others.

Critics are already chiming in. Rolling Stone called the new album “…a gem…”; the Kansas City Star called their music “…keenly intelligent and rapturously beautiful” while in a recent show review, Time Out Chicago praised the band’s “…distinctive voice that stands out amid the hordes of indie folk bands in existence.”

You can catch Saintseneca live on the following dates:
Mar 26  Rickshaw Stop         San Francisco          CA
Mar 27  The Echo       Los Angeles  CA
Mar 28  The Cellar Door        Visalia            CA
Mar 29  The Constellation Room    Santa Ana     CA
Mar 30  Casbah          San Diego     CA
April 02  Soho  Santa Barbara          CA
April 03  SLO Brew      San Luis Obispo      CA
April 05  PHX AM Party Phoenix      AZ
April 08  Lambert’s       Austin            TX
April 09  Fitzgerald’s- Downstairs     Houston         TX
April 10  Circle Bar      New Orleans LA
April 11  Bottletree       Birmingham  AL
April 12  Hi-Watt           Nashville       TN
April 14  The Bishop   Bloomington IN
April 19  Wexner Center         Columbus     OH
May 31 Nelsonville Festival Nelsonville Ohio
June 03  Brillobox        Pittsburgh      PA
June 04  Johnny Brenda’s     Philadelphia PA
June 05  Black Cat       Washington  DC
June 06  Mercury Lounge       New York       NY
June 07  The Space     Hamden         CT
June 08  Great Scott    Boston           MA
June 09  Higher Ground         South Burlington     VT
June 10  BugJar  Rochester   NY
June 11    The Drake Hotel       Toronto
June 12    The Blind Pig            Ann Arbor      MI
June 13   Shank Hall      Milwaukee, WI
June 14   The Cedar      Minneapolis, MN
June 15    Empty Bottle      Chicago, IL
July 13    Bunbury Festival      Cincinnati, OH

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Saintseneca Premiere New Video For Happy Alone

AVClub.com is premiering a new video from the celebrated young band, Saintseneca. The clip is an imaginative study of alienation and isolation for the song Happy Alone from the the band’s forthcoming album Dark Arc in stores April 1.

Saintseneca is led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little who originally hails from rural Appalachia. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes – from the Violent Femmes to Neutral Milk Hotel – Saintseneca perform songs that sound both familiar and uniquely original. The group utilises a wide range of acoustic instrumentation with more contemporary elements such as synthesisers and electric guitars to create a seamless blend of soaring vocals and vibrant post-punk energy.

Songwriter Little says of the song Happy Alone: “This is a love song, a meditation on doom, the joy and the transcendence in all of that. I found the song in a bass that was half melted from the time when my bedroom had burned down. I didn’t even know the bass worked but kept it anyway. One day I could feel the gravity coming from it, pulling on me. I plugged it into this raspy little amp and found all of these little songs with it, bouncing around in the reverb tank. There is joy in doom and doom in joy.”

The band will be touring the US in support of Dark Arc beginning in March.

You can catch them live on the following dates:
March 5/14 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
March 6/14 Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
March 7/13 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
March 8/14 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
March 9/14 Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
March 10/14 Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
March 12-3/15 Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 18/14 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
March 19/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
March 20/14 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
March 21/14 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
March 22/14 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
March 23/14 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
March 24/14 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
March 26/14 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
March 27/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
March 28/14 Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
March 29/14 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
March 30/14 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
April 2/14 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Music Club
April 3/14 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew
April 5/14 Phoenix, AZ @ PHX AM Party
April 8/14 Austin, TX @ Lambert’s
April 9/14 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
April 10/14 New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
April 11/14 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
April 12/14 Nashville, TN @ Hi Watt
April 19/14 Columbus, OH @ WEX Arts Performance Space

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Saintseneca Reveal New Video For Visions

The band Saintseneca have debuted a video for their song Visions via Stereogum. The track is from the young band’s recent digital EP which Time Out Chicago described as,“…anchored by soaring choruses that seem tailor-made for a good, old-fashioned shout-along” and Pitchfork.com wrote, “When the instruments fade out and Little howls, it’s more of a gut punch than an uppercut.” The band’s anticipated full length album Dark Arc will arrive in stores April 1 2014.

The video for Visions offers a stirring montage that plays like the nostalgic memories of a troubled soul, the imagery perfectly complimenting the songs dynamic mix of re-imagined folk and post- punk. Watch the video here.

Saintseneca have announced dates for their 2014 North American Tour (below):
07 Jan 14 Nashville, TN @ Hi-Watt
08 Jan 14 Chattanooga, TN @ JJ’s Bohemia
09 Jan 14 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
10 Jan 14 Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
11 Jan 14 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
12 Jan 14 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
14 Jan 14 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
15 Jan 14 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live (Upstairs)
16 Jan 14 Allston, MA @ Great Scott
17 Jan 14 Hamden, CT @ The Space
18 Jan 14 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
5 March 14 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
6 March 14 Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
7 March 13 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
8 March 14 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
9 March 14 Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
10 March 14 Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
18 March 14 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
19 March 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
20 March 14 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
21 March 14 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
22 March 14 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
23 March 14 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
24 March 14 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
26 March 14 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
27 March 14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
28 March 14 Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
29 March 14 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
30 March 14 San Diego, CA @ Casbah

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Saintseneca Singled Out As One Of Rolling Stone’s Top 10 Best Discoveries

Saintseneca delivered a stand-out performance at CMJ in New York last week. Rolling Stone singled out the band as one of their 10 Best Discoveries writing: “Rocking a monk’s tonsure and antebellum moustache, in a dark vest, shirt and slacks, frontman Zac Little represented like an introverted backwoods preacher under Cake Shop’s low basement ceiling, singing about acid rain and dying young in a cracking, nasal tone that was addictively tart. Huddled around two mics, his bandmates (notably key foil Maryn Jones) delivered hollered harmonies that felt more like collective bloodletting than sing-along-shilling bonhomie, and more potent for it”.

The video below features Saintseneca performing their latest single, Uppercutter, for Bad Racket. It shows the band’s singer-songwriter Zac Little talking about the inspiration for Uppercutter followed by the breath-taking performance from the band. It is charming, fresh and holds your attention despite the simplicity of visuals. There’s a huge catchiness built in to the chorus of Uppercutter and the line “Swallow all your chewing gum/And limp into the setting sun/I for one will not be sung to sleep” is indicative of their quirky talent.

The band’s full length album Dark Arc arrives in stores April 1 2014. Keep checking the site for more treasures.

You can catch Saintseneca live on the following dates:
07 Nov  Ace of Cups Columbus, OH
09  Nov Central Venue, Athens, OH
10 Nov Mahall’s 20 Lanes, Lakewood, OH
12  Nov Schubas Tavern Chicago IL
13  Nov 7th Street Entry  Minneapolis MN
14 Nov Slowdown Omaha NE
15  Nov The Vaudeville Mews Des Moines IA
16  Nov Replay Lounge Lawrence KS
17  Nov The Bishop  Bloomington IN
18  Nov Zanzabar Louisville  KY
20  Nov Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh  PA

By Kate Dexter

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