Indulgence: A Saga Of Lights
Released on September 2, 2014
The textbook answer of where SycAmour calls home — that, once upon a time five years ago, singer Jeremy Gilmore joined a few teen musicians on the
hunt for a vocalist in the
same Ann Arbor, Michigan neighborhood, naming the band as a play-on-words of “sick love” — is a good place to start, but to grasp the intricacies of the
band, you’d have to visit their residence in The Heartwood.
Defined literally as the centermost layer within a tree’s trunk, The Heartwood is the narrative space where Gilmore and the rest of SycAmour — vocalist
Tony Sugent, guitarist Zack Ferrell, bassist Charlie McCormick, and drummer Victor Yusof — spin their songs, all intertwined through an overarching
story, a kind-of cousin to the efforts of Coheed and Cambria.
“In the greater mythos, ‘The Heartwood is donned by a rebel movement that acts out against an oppressive regime,” Gilmore explains.
And SycAmour weaves those songs with a sonic sleekness Gilmore coins as “sex-rock,” a barrage of pointed emotional statements anchored by spiky
riffs and taut percussion. The band’s inspiration is drawn from the imagery-laden, vividly lyrical styles of its theatrical-rock forerunners: Chiodos. Panic! At
the Disco. Glassjaw. Underoath. The band’s Hopeless Records debut EP, Obscure: La Deuxième, is a pumped-up version of SycAmour’s 2012 release,
Obscure, a collection of songs recorded with producer Johnny Franck and written “loudly, in a cold, dark room.”
The EP, as symphonic as it is deeply emotive, features the first set of songs SycAmour penned as SycAmour, its underlying themes as obscure as the
record’s title. It’s also, as Gilmore points out, a collection of excerpts from The Heartwood, the plot bolstered and furthered by two new songs added to the
Obscure sprang SycAmour into some sort of spotlight — news of the band’s debut reached the front page of Internet juggernaut Reddit in November of
2012, and just ten days later, the record fought its way up to the number one spot on Bandcamp, earning the coveted “Album of the Week” title.
So, when you cut to SycAmour’s heartwood and count the band’s rings, you’ll find a band that’s young but literary beyond their years, crafting a fictional
rebel movement that sneaks its way into real life with every line, every note, every song.
“It's the entity we use to encompass ourselves and everyone we share mutual support with,” Gilmore says, rooting the concept of The Heartwood to
reality. “Under the ideal that the only importance in existence, is that you are constantly considering, setting and pursuing your goals, while supporting
others in doing the same.”
Twenty-fourteen is ramping up to be an enormous year for the upstart Michiganders, and there’s no time like now to enlist in The Heartwood.
The band’s inspiration is drawn from the imagery-laden, vividly lyrical styles of theatrical-rock forerunners such as Chiodos, Panic! At the Disco and