The last time I saw sIngs, Brett Taylor performed the album Skull Shaker in its entirety. It was an astonishing performance. Because while some bands' feel like they're just filling a time slot, sIngs feels like performance art.
In fact, Taylor's raw emotion is something that others couldn't even dream of recreating, but it's his shy, unsure conviction to perform that will most likely steal the show when he performs at Walters on Saturday, May 26.
In comparison to other local acts, sIngs remains relatively quiet on the scene, often playing house shows instead of venues. But when he does get out, he's in full force - channeling whatever sleeping giant that lies inside of him as he pounds a little too hard on a drum head, and strumming his guitar with certitude.
His debut release, Hells, was six tracks and just shy of 20 minutes long. However, its story-telling aspect and clever writing were sharp, while the instrumentation was heavily influenced by The Microphones, whom Taylor covered for the album's last track.
Now, following a split 7" with Caddywompus, sIngs released Skull Shaker. The album is darker, and not just because it features tracks titled, "I Still Don't Like You" or "I Feel Smallest."
What makes sIngs such a promising act is that the songs don't play games with your head. They're straightforward in lyric, which can often times hit painfully close to home, and the layered, artfully composed album is beautifully cohesive when played in its entirety.
sIngs will be playing with The Young and Balaclavas. The show is all ages, and tickets cost $8.