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seryncoverMove over Mumford and Sons, Seryn is a 6 piece band from Denton, Texas. Named after a combination of “serenade, serenity, serendipity,” Seryn has an uncanny ability to weave into the heart of anyone who listens to them. Their musical abilities and instrumentation is like none other and once they hold that five-part harmony, chills run up your spine. This band brings an element of beauty and peacefulness with every track, their name is more than fitting.

 

For Fans Of: Mumford and Sons, Civil Wars, Of Monsters and Men, Ray LaMontagne, epic choral harmonies

 

The band has been featured at SXSW since 2010 and will be featured in the 2013 lineup next month (check www.serynsounds.com for shows.) The band is in the early stages of a new album; it will be their second, following a debut, This Is Where We Are, released at the beginning of 2011. Since then Seryn has gained an enthusiastic following and has been favored by Paste Magazine’s Best of What’s Next and NPR radio’s Bands That Should Be Bigger.

 

Just recently, Seryn captured the attention of artist Ty Clark and filmmaker Kristopher Rutherford who are fan-funding a documentary about the band entitled A Canvas of Sound. Please help support the filmmakers tell the story of these 6 amazing individuals and how their lives come together like a beautiful painting to create a ‘canvas of sound.’

 

In a recent interview with The Aspen Times, Seryn guitarist and vocalist Nathan Allen said:

“It’s one of those deals where something will happen and a lot of people will be saying, ‘Hey, we saw Seryn 21⁄2 years ago!’ It’s one of those slow-burning deals. If you put a large pot of water on the stove, turn it all the way up, it can go from not boiling to boiling instantly. I hope that’s what happens to us.”

“Even if we were on the cover of Rolling Stone in six months, I would consider that slow,” Allen said. “Four years can be a long time. Rock ‘n’ roll hours worked does not equal rock ‘n’ roll hours paid. If success comes at this point, we will feel as if we had paid our dues.”

 

I really hope that happens for the band, and when they make the cover, you’ll remember “Oh, yeah! I read about those guys on Ampkicker.com!”

 

I got a chance to interview percussionist/banjoist Chris Semmelbeck about what’s in store for Seryn in 2013.

 

You’ve been showcased at SXSW for the past few years and have been recognized by Paste magazine as one of the best acts. Will you be featuring any new tracks to wow the crowds this year?

 

Yes! That’s the plan at least. We’ve been hard at work writing new songs and trying to put a new album together. It’s a slow process and we want to make sure we put something out that we’re all proud of. But yes, we will definitely have some new tunes at SXSW this year.

 

With all the buzz surrounding you and this new boom of folk-rock bands, has that put any additional pressures on writing material for a new album?

 

Eh, a little yes and a little no. There is a little more pressure this time around already having an album out that people responded well to, but that’s not really anything compared to the pressure we put on ourselves to only release things that we really think are top quality. We’re not really trying to write buzz-worthy music, or even folk-rock when it comes down to it. We’re just trying to write music that we enjoy writing and playing. If people like it, it’s just a bonus!

 

Have you been approached by record labels? How do you feel about being signed to a major label vs staying independent? Which do you feel is best for the band currently?

 

It’s really a case by case kind of thing. If we’re approached by a major or minor record label and they have a good deal that we can all agree to then we’ll start negotiations. Until then we are more than happy to stay independent. The real question is, in today’s digital world, what can a record label offer us that we can’t do ourselves, which is a longer conversation for another time.

 

What artists/albums did you listen to most when you started playing music?

 

When I started playing music? That’s a good question. That was a long time ago. It was late elementary school and junior high for me so probably a lot of pop punk stuff, and whatever my dad played for me. The police, ZZ Top, The Beatles, etc.. Lot’s of different stuff. I was really young so I would listen to anything I could get my hands on.

 

What career field do you think you would be in if you weren’t a musician?

 

A: I would love to try working in the film industry. I was just starting to study film at UNT when the band got together. I’ve also thought it would be cool to go back to school for some kind of life science like biology. I really love reading books on those topics. There’s a neuroscientist who teaches at Baylor Medical that has a few books out and a few lectures online. His name is David Eagleman, that guy is awesome.

 

If you were to piece together a supergroup – who would you pick for vocals, guitar, bass, drums. (Alive or dead)

 

Vocals – Beyonce

Guitar –  George Harrison

Bass  –   Thundercat

Drums – Babatunde Olatunji

 

Can you name some other independent bands that you think people should pay attention to?

 

A: The Father John Misty album is incredible, everyone should check it out. Also, Akron/Family is one of my favorite bands of all time and I feel like they never get enough love.

 

Thanks Chris for taking the time!! We really appreciate it and fully support the band and can’t wait to hear what’s next!!

 

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Here’s Seryn playing “We Will All Be Changed” at Paste’s party in SXSW Austin 2011:

 

Here’s a few more of our favorite live/acoustic Seryn videos.

 

 

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