The early aughts saw the resurrection of downtown New York City as the epicenter of music cool with a thriving scene that produced a number of notable national acts. As those bands left the friendly confines of the LES and the area became more and more gentrified it seemed as if it would never recapture the gritty, boozy nights of earlier in the century, but as the decade begins to come to close a new scene has developed to reclaim the mantle of hipsterdom rock.
The latest act to emerge from the land of skinny jeans and ironic t-shirts comes in the way of model-turned-singer Lissy Trullie, whose face has popped up in just about every music magazine over the last few months. Lissy Trullie – which is also what her band also goes by – puts out a blend of dancey-rock that at times is reminiscent of punkish growler Joan Jett meets the guitar-fuzz of the YYYs. The band put out their debut EP Self -Taught Learner earlier this year and recently wrapped up a West coast tour opening for former Blips acts The Virgins.
If you’ve seen Bon Iver perform over the last year or a so there is a good chance that you’re already a fan of Sarah Siskind. Justin Vernon & Co. have been including an achingly beautiful cover of her song Lovin’s For Fools in their set for a good part of the last year or so, which has certainly help expose the Nashville-based singer-songwriter to a broader audience – including this writer. Vernon is not alone in his admiration, as Robert Plant crush Alison Krauss received a Grammy nod for her take on Siskind’s Simple Love.
With her girl next door looks, and confessional soul bearing lyrics Siskind seems as if she’s finally poised to break out with the release of her latest record Say It Louder. The album is chocked full of her brand of blues-infused roots music, which draws you in with her powerful and engaging vocals. Siskind who recently appeared at Bonnaroo, has a handful of dates scattered throughout the summer and into the fall.