Sezessionville Road is an expandable two piece Americana/Alt Indie/Rock Band from the mountains of Western North Carolina. Their music has tight and intense male/female vocal harmonies sometimes with different complimentary melodies, dirty guitars and fluid rhythms. They find their work to be project oriented, which allows them more freedom in exploring the diversity of musical background they've experienced and love.
During the Fall of 2017, SZR traveled to Genova, Italy, where they recorded 17 songs with drummer and producer, Federico Foglia, that will be released as EP's quarterly throughout 2018. This particular project focused more on their fetish for fearless rock combined with, at times, purple ambient melodies and blacklight folk. The most profound experience these musicians took away from this project was how quickly they were able to reach the "sweet spot" in their sound, despite being together for less than a year. It was an honor for each of them to connect on so many levels musically and humanly, appreciating the familial bond that emerged over such a short period of time. The band was also accompanied by their photographer/videographer, Tom Farr, whose work is featured here as well as in an upcoming SZR documentary to be released later this year.
SZR's third project will consist of 22 Americana/Folk songs, returning to their born & bred southern Appalachian roots.
The band has been compared to Fleetwood Mac, Mates of State, Gillian Welsh & Dave Rawlings, and Band of Horses, among others. Instead of being labeled and identified with one particular genre, the duo enjoys the freedom to explore the various musical musings that naturally arise through their songwriting process. Such eclecticism can be heard with a spin of their first album: Light 'n Shade Brigade: Sound Tranzition Tranzmission. The songs on this album range from heart warming Americana (Love We Have, We've Seen a Light), to Rock 'n Roll (We're Alright, I Feel Fear), Introspective Pop Rock (No Authority, Neil Young), Celtic style laments (Two Crosses) to gritty Country (Wild Horses).
Alpine Eliot Beck is a classically trained pianist (Marie Burnette, UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro), and singer-songwriter, who hails from a family of musicians; her grandparents toured with Bill Monroe, and participated in a weekly music radio show in Western North Carolina, the predecessor of WNCW. Alpine has toured across the United States with her previous California math-rock based band, "Nice Monster", and several other musicians from the mid-west, and both east and west coast.
DD Clayton is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and the producer of SVR's first album. He has written, recorded and produced several albums that span a wide genre of music. He is also an accomplished celtic finger-style guitarist, with over 20 years experience.
Federico Foglia has been performing, producing and composing since 1991. In his 25 year career, he has toured as a drummer in many parts of the world. He has also produced over 500 projects including a Latin Grammy nominee and multiple Platinum and Gold Records and composed for Radio, TV and film.