If my hands were tied and I had to pick one, I'm going with "Midnight." I think we have all experienced what this song is describing. It would be interesting to see what the motivation was behind writing this song. Maybe Sydney can leave a comment below describing what she was feeling when she wrote it. I think there is a good chance this song was written late at night.
Make sure when you check out this song, you don't stop there. You can listen to every one of Sydney Blake and the Misters' songs, anywhere from YouTube to Spotify and REVERBNATION. Hell, we've even featured almost every song on this site. That is how good they are! If you are reading this review, I beg you to spread this music to as many people and places you can. These guys deserve to be heard.
There have been some band changes since we last spoke to Sydney. We can only hope this doesn't disrupt the the sound these guys possess. If there is one thing we can count on from Sydney, is that every one of her songs will come from a personal experience that will tug at the heart strings and uplift you at the same time.
Joining Sydney Blake and the Misters is keys player, Philip Narveson. I can't wait to hear something with the added sound. Recently, the band also got some major airtime from the KPRI Local Hour. Along with this media outlet, the band also got a favorable review from City Beat San Diego. Gigs seem to be coming left and right for this dynamic threesome, sorry foursome. After completing a big show on April 2nd with Nacosta and Cherch, they hope to be taking the main stage at the House of Blues in Anaheim later this month.
Everything seems to be pointing up for Sydney Blake and The Misters. They haven't been signed to a major record label or anything like that, but they are still playing great music for people to enjoy. I've included a couple of their other songs from their album The Dream Chase. Please tell me what's not to love about this group? I recommend you download these songs and others at http://www.reverbnation.com/sydneyblakeandthemisters. Sydney is an absolutely talented singer/songwriter. Together with her band, they make a recipe for beautiful music.
Sydney Blake provides the lead vocals, which is definitely easy on the ears. Sydney also plays the ukulele adding a nice flavor to the sound. Dallas Bryan is on drums and Scott Dale is on guitar. The guitarist in the above video is Adam Sisco. Things seem to be going well for the trio as they are continuously booking shows for the next two months. If I only lived in San Diego, I would get to see them live. Instead, I will have to purchase their CD for my listening pleasure. If you would like to purchase their CD, you can do so at
Either way, check them out and see what you think. If you like them, give their CD a try and continue to support Indie Music. If you're anything like me, you will be amazed at all the talent out there doing this without a record label.
You can also follow Sydney Blake and The Misters on Twitter @sydneyblakey and @syd_n_mrband.
The San Diego based trio can be seen playing at their usual hot spots, Queen Bees in North Park or most recently at The House of Blues. I was recently fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Sydney and came away an even bigger fan. Her witty responses doused with a cup of humor is a sure fire way to leave you tasting for more.
Hello Sydney and thanks for doing the interview. I'm going to get the one basic and boring question out of the way. How long have you been playing music?
Sydney - Thank you Maxim. I've been in choir and singing in bands for what seems like forever now. I've been "playing" music though for about four years. I wrote mostly lyrics and melodies for my other bands, this is the first band I've actually really fully participated in.
You are always seen with your ukulele. I personally love the ukulele and have unsuccessfully tried playing on a couple of occasions. What do you like so much about it?
Sydney - Believe it or not, one of my favorite bands is All Time Low. They're super pop-punk, but I kind of grew up with them and have been so inspired by their journey. A band closer to home I really love is Little Hurricane. They're super dirty blues rock and I love them.
I will definitely have to check them out. Without a major label, are you able to live comfortably off your music? Also, how expensive is it to make an album?
Sydney - I wish I could do music 100% of the time, even though it feels like I already am making a living off music. I'm actually a full-time nanny for a family and take care of their five month old daughter. As for the cost of an album, geez, I think "The Dream Chase" cost around two thousand total. This includes studio time, production and mastering.
You live in San Diego right? What is your favorite venue to play in and what sound is most popular in San Diego?
Sydney - I do! Born and raised. The most popular type of music I would say is probably dream rock and hard core. I hear them the most these days. My favorite venue would be the House of Blues. I loved playing there! We've only played there once so far, but it was absolutely amazing! It was a dream come true and we are actually playing there next week!
Sydney - I am not really a fan of music reality shows. I honestly used to love them. I think they really take away from all the hard work that goes into being a musician. They make it look so glamorous...It's really not, ha ha! With that being said, I totally did audition for American Idol when I was twenty. I don't think I had bought my ukulele yet, and I wasn't in a band at the time. Everyone kept pressuring me to audition, so I went to Los Angeles for two days, stayed in a crappy hotel by myself, waited all day in a hot stadium and got turned away after four seconds of singing. Honestly, I was relieved it didn't work out. I was so tired by the the end and it just pushed me to work harder on my own music!
Since American Idol missed out on providing a platform for your music, can you describe your music for us?
All my lyrics are thought out and come from the depths of some very difficult and sad situations I've faced. Our music, I think is catchy and easy to sing along to. It's meant for people who don't want to give up. It's meant to inspire the Dream Chasers.
Outstanding Sydney. Your music is definitely catchy and inspiring. Now for the most important question. The Beatles or The Monkees?
Sydney - That's easy, The Beatles. P.S. I also have a really awesome Beatles record collection...all originals.
Ouch. You missed that last question Sydney. I will give you a pass since you responded later that you thought The Monkees were rad too. In all honesty, I truly appreciate Sydney taking the time to do this interview. She will hold the distinguished honor of being the first of many interviews to take place here at IAATM. If you would like to hear more of Sydney, you can purchase her CD by clicking the pic below or by checking out her reverbnation
http://www.reverbnation.com/sydneyblakeandthemisters. Thank you so much Sydney!
By Maxim Daniels