Saintseneca Play the Late Show Tomorrow Night at Mercury Lounge

June 5th, 2014

It’s hard to pin down Saintseneca. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little started the group as an acoustic-folk outfit seven years ago. Since then, the lineup has changed—Little’s currently joined by Steve Ciolek, Maryn Jones, Jon Maedor and Matt O’Conke—and the band has experimented with a diverse range of instruments, including the balalaika, dulcimer and mandolin, in addition to synths and electric guitars. So in other words, Sainteseneca (above, performing “Happy Alone” for Pandora) make post-modern acoustic rock, which is on full display on the recently released Dark Arc (stream it below). And despite there being an abundance of folk-revival bands these days, conjuring up “images of beards, fitted vests and foot-stomping hummable tunes with plenty of imitation and very little authenticity,” American Songwriter says Sainteseneca “play a unique brand of folk-inspired post punk that has an aged patina but is as sharp as a brand new knife,” and that their “craftsmanship and lyricism reveal a uniquely singular band informed by Appalachian-mountain music and the explosive recklessness of punk.” Pretty cool, right? See them play the late show tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.