KXCI Presents: Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - July 26th
Another artist that KXCI has championed from the start is Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter. They have been favorites of Starrtracks and The Music Mix for years. Their unique sound of ethereal alt country showcases the lovely vocals of Jesse as well as the guitar playing and writing skills of Phil Wandscher, formerly of Whiskeytown.
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter are performing tonight at Plush along with The Moaners, a swamp blues duo led by Melissa Swingle (former front woman of Trailer Bride), and Tom Walbank. Show starts at 9:30pm.
Although their tour schedule doesn't get them in town in time for a live performance at KXCI, tune in to Live@5 on The Homestretch for a song or two from a previous performance in our Studio 2A.
"On their third offering, Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls Of The Soul, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter widen their musical palette... far more world-worn this time out. She's raspier, digging into the meat of her lyrics more and stubbornly holding on to her syllables to open her lyrics enough to let her intent and emotion drip from them like raw, bittersweet honey. this is the most satisfying offering from Sykes and her band yet." 4 stars - All Music Guide
"...a slow-burning gem of a record as insidious as poison ivy... an exercise in understated majesty, like Low or Cowboy Junkies with added twang and ground in pepper." 4 stars - Uncut
"Low-tech trash-blues duos like the Black Keys are loosely patterned after the droning Delta-rooted mating call of RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Similar though less harsh, the female Moaners have a hypnotically sultry, sirens-like rhapsody that sweetly entices potential lovers before striking the lethal blow. Led by the fuzzy slide guitar stimulation of ex-Trailer Bride frontwoman Melissa Swingle and powered by the swampy, voodoo swing of drummer Laura King, the Moaners avoid slobbery, in-your-face seduction and gut-bucket cock-thrusting in favor of a stripped-down slash-and-bash aesthetic of lust, yearning and romantic dissatisfaction, more charismatic, subdued and haunting than the whiskey-soaked horniness of their male counterparts." - Harp