Indianapolis-based band S-E-R-V-I-C-E began when Jon Spencer Blues Explosion drummer Russell Simins and We Are Hex singer Jilly Weiss met on tour. They wrote their first song together in 2015 at a messy kitchen table in his Manhattan apartment. They fell in love, got married, and wrote a dozen or more perfectly flawed rock and roll songs.
Taking a breather from JSBX, Russell joined Jilly in Indianapolis to turn these raw songs into an urgent, swaggering rock and roll record. They found their accomplices in Sharlene, Johnny, and Mitch. Together they’ve made S-E-R-V-I-C-E into the most authentic expression of vulnerability and self-awareness, with wildly impactful vocals set against roaring guitars and a giant beat. It’s post-punk, then punk again. Their debut record Drag Me will be released early 2019 with supporting tour dates. Currently, S-E-R-V-I-C-E is Sharlene Birdsong (keys, guitar, noises from space), Mitch Geisinger (guitar), Russell Simins (drums), Jilly Weiss Simins (vox), and Johnny Zeps (bass).
Today Glide is excited to premiere the video for “Who Are You Anyway?”, which features the band performing at Indianapolis’ LUNA music (READ OUR FEATURE ON LUNA).The video perfectly captures the band’s hard-charging rock and roll sound in what looks to be a backyard day party. Jilly Weiss Simins belts out vocals into a megaphone to create a serrated sound that cuts straight through the listener. This song makes it clear this band holds no punches and gives us a straight hit of frenzied and gloriously riotous rock and roll with boatloads of drum smashing and guitar shredding.
In their own words, the band has this to say about the song:
Soviet-era electronics and riotous guitar split open this fast, driving, wild rock song. Think the most far out Butthole Surfers song with a hook closer to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Jilly’s urgent vocals demand to know “who are you anyway?” Her succinct response to the same question? “Not subtle.”
Photo Cred: Greg Andrews