Seryn from Denton, Texas, arrives at Hotel Utah this Sunday. Buyer beware: Prepare for greatness.
I saw Seryn in a huge barroom in Lubbock, Texas just over a year ago. For those of you who haven’t been to west Texas, imagine Texas and then multiply it by eight. It is about as Texas as Texas gets, and on this particular night Seryn were having technical difficulties. The five-piece from Denton (which I would say is Texas divided by 3) were struggling, the crowd was rowdy, and I was curious to see how all this would turn out. After a quick fix and a set switch Seryn were upon us. They had the crowd immediately. I’m not sure I have ever seen a more successful flip. People started crowd surfing, to bombastic folk music in west Texas. My jaw broke clear off my mouth from hanging open so long.
The fact is, Seryn is that good. They play with feeling; they are able to incorporate actual emotion into every note, every harmony (and there are a lot of those going around), and every beat. They do not overwhelm with volume to convey their dedication. They don’t need to. The feeling is conveyed in the conviction with which they use to encapsulate their audience. And if you can encapsulate an audience of unruly west Texans then you are pretty much winning at everything. Sorry Mr. Sheen, you’ve been out-won. If you must have a description I would say they are a cross between Fleet Foxes, Simon & Garfunkel and Arcade Fire. Have a listen to We Will All Be Changed from their debut This Is Where We Are and after you, yourself have been changed, head over to Hotel Utah on Sunday, June 19th.
Seryn are main support with Winters Fall opening and Foolproof Four closing. Doors are at 8pm and tickets are $7.