Authors: Amelia Zeve and Hannah Karl
Sir Sly via Entertainer Magazine
AMELIA: When I heard that the LA-Based trio Sir Sly (consisting of Landon Jacobs on vocals, and Jason Suwito and Hayden Coplen on instruments) was coming back to Seattle, I jumped at the opportunity to see them. I have been a fan of theirs for many years, boppin’ to their tunes I watched them preform as the openers for K.Flay’s Seattle stop earlier in the year, and it was a phenomenal experience. To quote from what I wrote about them in the review of the show:
“The energy of the crowd seemed to heat up even more right around 9:00 PM, moments before the opener, Sir Sly, made their way onstage. Full disclosure: although I adore both K.Flay and Sir Sly, Sir Sly is (and has been) one of my favorite bands since my sophomore year of high school. The LA-based trio, consisting of vocalist Landon Jacobs and instrumentalists Jason Suwito and Hayden Coplen, has been on the scene since 2013, but really started to appear in the mainstream indie-pop culture in the past few years. I’ve been listening to them since late 2014 and was absolutely overjoyed to see them in person. I had high expectations, of course, but those expectations were completely blown away by what was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen.”
Seeing a live performance of songs that meant so much to me and had meant so much to me for such a long time, was special in a way I don’t know if I can ever fully articulate. For me, their music was discovered in a tumultuous time of self-doubt, fear, but ultimately a huge time of growth, and I associate their music with every single moment of that period. Although their newest album, Don’t You Worry, Honey, is superb for so many reasons, they have one song off their first ever set of releases, “Ghost,” that has gotten me through more than I could ever say.
Seeing Sir Sly was more or less of a religious experience for me, and I’m excited to do the whole thing over again! They will be stopping by Seattle for a Friday night show at the Neptune, on November 9th. This SOLD OUT show begins at 8:00 PM and is all ages. Although you never know, more tickets could open up for this fantastic show! They will be joined by some fantastic guests… Joywave and, most excitingly… DONNA MISSAL!
HANNAH: I am quite excited to be visiting one of my favorite venues, the Neptune Theatre, this Friday for a sold-out show. If you haven’t seen Donna Missal live yet, now is your chance to see her at the Neptune Theatre with Sir Sly and Joywave this Friday, November 9th. I first saw her live last December when she performed the song “Over It” with Macklemore at his two-night concert event at the Key Arena. Saying I was blown away by the power of her vocals would be an understatement.
Photo courtesy of Missal’s Facebook Page
Donna Missal took an interest in music from a young age. She was fortunate enough to have been raised around people like her dad, who knew their way around music equipment, because he too, was a musician and songwriter. She started recording Christmas albums for her family to listen too, which only helped stir her passion for music. I look forward to being able to interview her and learn more about where she finds the inspiration to write such emotional songs and sing with such intensity.
Donna Missal wants people to know that, “…this record is about self-discovery. my hope is that it makes you feel vital and free. thank you for listening.” (Quote from Artist’s Website). You can be assured she will be playing hit songs off her debut album This Time. Her power-house voice and alternative style is not something you want to miss out on. You can learn more about Donna Missal on her website.
AMELIA ZEVE | KXSU Music Reporter
HANNAH KARL | KXSU Music Reporter