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Music is a ‘Suddyn’ hit at La Verne

Jennahway Huerta
Staff Writer

As it poured outside, the band Suddyn performed in Davenport Dining Hall Tuesday.

Many students spent their lunch break listening to Suddyn’s latest offering called “Before the City.”

The band has seen chart success in Europe and now has traveled to Los Angeles to reach out to fans in the states.

“The music is phenomenal. Their sound of music will do well here in the states,” Cheyenne Beard, sophomore psychology major said.

Suddyn, which was started in 2006, consists of three men: Alan Steil, on vocals, synths, and piano; his brother Jarrett Steil on guitar, bass, synths and vocals; and Brendan Connolly on drums, acoustic guitar, and vocals.

“The music is anthemic piano driven electro rock,” Jarrett Steil said.

The band describes its sound as “emotionally driven … combined with style and a sense of drama.”

When creating music, Suddyn gets inspiration from their travels, experiences of life and from nature, the band members said.

“The weather out there is inspiration,” Connolly said during the midday concert. “You get the most out of yourself.”

Connolly thrilled students as he displayed his skills during this performance with a drum solo.

“The drum solo was really cool. They are going to make it big here next year,” Ally Schultz, sophomore English major and CAB comedy chairwoman, said.

Grammy Award winning producer David Kahn produced “Before the City.”

Kahn has worked with popular artists such as Sublime, the Strokes and Paul McCartney.

Suddyn’s members grew up playing a variety of instruments, from guitar, saxophone, trumpet, and drums.

The piano-driven rock band’s members are from Montauk, N.Y., and Ireland.

The band’s influences include Radiohead, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Muse and U2, its members said.

ULV students seemed to enjoy the Monday concert, which was sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.

“I listened to their music and it fit in with the March theme,” said Michael Lindsey a senior, business major and CAB concerts chairman. “I love their music.”

The band’s music has attracted support from KROQ and MTV.

Suddyn already has several “Top 30” singles in Ireland and has grabbed attention in the United States with its debut EP “Dark Lights.”

The band has performed more than 200 shows in the company of popular bands like Shiny Toy Guns, Boy Kill Boy, Larrikin Love and the Films.

“It’s great to get out here in California to play shows,” Alan Steil said

Suddyn will perform again in the area at the Truckit Fest in Los Angeles on April 3, and at UC Irvine’s annual Wayzgoose Festival on April 16.

For more information on the band or their performances, visit suddyn.com.

Jennahway Huerta can be reached at jennahway.huerta@laverne.edu.

 

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