All across the Lone Star State, there is talk of a band, one that combines folk with shoegaze, pop with bluegrass, the familiar with the unexpected. Denton, TX, quintet Seryn has quickly morphed from a local favorite to a national sensation, receiving accolades from the likes of Texas newspaper the Dallas Observer and farther-reaching publications like Paste Magazine. So just who are these Texan tunesters, and what makes the Seryn sound?
For answers, one need only listen to the band’s debut record, This Is Where We Are, released last year. Even though it’s technically the band’s first release, the LP brims with the confident nuances typically reserved for bands with more experience under their belts: four-part harmonies, metamorphoses in genre and textures within the space of a single song, adventurous banjo solos. Just one glance at Seryn’s instrumental repertoire—guitar, bass, ukelele, accordion, viola, kalimba, drums and, of course, banjo—is enough to impress even the most tenured of musicians. All of the band’s members—Chelsea Bohrer (viola, percussion), Aaron Stoner (bass), Chris Simmelbeck (banjo, drums, accordion), Nathan Allen (guitar) and Trenton Wheeler (ukelele, banjo, kalimba, accordion)—double as instrumentalists and vocalists, adding to the multifaceted nature of the group’s sound.
But though Seryn is out to impress, the band’s ultimate goal is to connect: musically, emotionally, personally. It’s a sense of unity that can be heard in the chilling harmonies of “Our Love” and “We Will All Be Changed,” but also seen and felt in the band’s live performances. In addition to its lauded festival showings, Seryn has gained local attention for playing shows that one paper called “so dynamic, you could feel the key changes in your feet.” Visceral and uplifting, chilling and communicative, Seryn’s live shows capture the victorious spirit of This Is Where We Are and amplify that sensation tenfold, making them one of Texas’s live staples in an alarmingly short span of two years. But even the second-largest state in the U.S. can’t hold these folk heroes for long; they are plotting an extensive national campaign for the new year, with dates already slated for the southeastern chunk of the country.
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