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Sir Sly At The El Rey: Show Review

Michael Boateng |
September 30, 2014 | 1:11 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

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They were loved.  

LA band Sir Sly was recently a mystery, uncovered to many. Their track "Gold" hit the charts of HypeMachine and buzz started following them concerning who they were exactly. This seductive, bitter-sounding band has just released their latest album titled "You Haunt Me."

Last night, they performed at the well-known El Rey Theater — a pleasant Monday night concert to set the mood for the rest of the week. 

The Sir Sly crowd, first introduced to opener Wolfgang, were screaming and head-pumping during the beginning of their performance. Then they picked up pace — the crowd and I were both swayed. You could feel them, the heart in which they played each instrument. They were actually performing, giving their audience and I everything we asked for. 

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Sir Sly's sound was emotionally hitting -- reminiscent of a One Republic feel for one of their newer tracks, "Too Far Gone." The drummer and pianist took me somewhere else though with their fast-paced, melancholy sound. The tone it set was beautiful, cool with a ambient feeling that would put anyone into a pensive atmosphere.   

The new track they played was loved by the crowd. When vocalist Landon Jacobs got on his knees during his performance of "Gold," you felt his passion. It was almost as if he was no longer was performing for us, but himself. At times, it was difficult to enjoy their music with the piercing audio quality, but that didn't prevent their fans from sharing their love.

Their fourth track was very experimental -- taking a deep bass trap sound, mixed with and grunge the XX feel. Although the track was unreleased, it was moving. Without a doubt, the crowd started feeling the unknown track; the build-up and his delivery were on point. It felt right -- tough, grainy, and an all-around "screw the world" feel. His voice was beautiful; it was hitting the right buttons. The geometric light show didn't hurt either.

During their performance of "Inferno," Sir Sly dropped the hard hitting drums, synthesizing piano, and bass guitar to hit us with the soulful voice of Landon Jacobs.The instruments used I found rather interesting -- shakers, tambourines and more. All these subtle sounds further gave the performance its detail. 

The show felt inspiringly cold, and rich, setting a tone that opened us to his heart. Jacobs then climbed up the side rails and started killin' his notes.

At the end of their set, Sir Sly left us with a touching note — saying that they hope we find our dreams. 

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