Saintseneca, Jonny Rodgers

Saintseneca

Saintseneca is a young band from Columbus Ohio led by singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist Zac Little. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes Saintseneca perform songs that sound familiar and uniquely original, all at once.

While the group formed in Columbus Ohio, Little hails from the rural hills of Appalachia. It is a solitary and dramatic landscape that has infused the band’s songs with a sense of introspection and striking narratives. “I was raised on farms in Appalachia,” Little explains, “And I think that my perspective on music was shaped by where I grew up. It was twenty minutes to see the nearest person. Being so isolated forced me to be introspective and resourceful. As a kid I would explore these abandoned houses and barns and wonder what had happened in those places.”

With a diverse assemblage of influences, the band’s poetic lyricism and folk instrumentation is consistently enhanced by elements of pop, post-punk and psychedelia. It is a sound that evolved from playing alongside an array of electrified bands at DIY house shows. “The scene in Columbus is really vibrant and diverse,” Little explains. “The connecting thread has less to do with musical style than a shared ethos. We were this quiet folk band playing with punk and hardcore bands so we would try to channel as much volume and power from those instruments.”

Saintseneca’s upcoming second album Dark Arc is informed by change. While previous records documented the band’s celebrated live show, the new record is the result of both a revamped lineup and a dramatically expanded recording process. Dark Arc conveys an exhilarating mix of darkness and light. Lyrics of disintegration play out against arrangements brimming with buoyant folk, post punk and pop. It’s a powerful combination and highlights a great sense of joy amidst all the doom.

In addition to touring and recording indie pop songs based around tuned wine glasses, guitar, and electronics, Jonny Rodgers is also a composer and producer, writing chamber, orchestral and choral music for concert and film.

His formative musical years were spent writing, touring and recording with his brother Steve Rodgers in the indie band Mighty Purple. The band released seven albums and toured the US multiple times since forming in the early '90s.

Jonny collaborates with many talented musicians from the worlds of classical and indie music. He has played for the bands Son Lux, NYC classical-crossover Awry (now My Brightest Diamond), Ten Shekel Shirt, Faux Fix, Todd Reynolds, Sxip Shirey, Arturo En El Barco, Angelica Negron and many others.

His last full length album The Aviary, was written and scored as a live show backed by a 9-piece chamber orchestra featuring unconventional elements, such as tuned wine glasses and steel drum.

His newest material prominently features tuned wine glasses, guitars and electronics with live loops used in unexpected and captivating ways. Jonny will be selling limited edition EPs of all new songs while on tour.

Jonny currently splits his time between Brooklyn, New Haven, CT and a farm
in Oregon.

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Saintseneca, Jonny Rodgers

Monday, October 21 · Doors 8:00 PM at The Pour House Music Hall