One of the newest bands to join Plattsburgh's growing musical community is Sinecure. The band has opened for local bands such as Slow Natives, Elephantbear, Lucid and Eat.Sleep.Funk., with Will Scheifley from Shameless Strangers, also having appeared on stage with them. Sinecure's first solo gig was booked early last month at the Monopole.
The members of Sinecure are Jordan Buck on guitar, vocals, and occasionally on keys, and brother Justin Buck on bass and vocals. Jack Brand is on drums, vocals and samples. Sinecure's music has an electronic, jam, rock to it but as the band grows, so does their incorporation of other genres.
"There's definitely a straight-up electronic dance vibe to a lot of what we do, but as we write more and more original songs, there's an edge of progressive and indy rock that is beginning to emerge," said Jack.
Sinecure, which formed in late 2007, has brought together a unique blend of songs based on each member's musical background and influences.
"My songs are about my life experiences in general," said Jack. "I've got a few about coming of age type stuff; got some about past loves, current ones."
Jack said the central theme of his music is "enjoying yourself, and persevering obstacles in the process."
"I love dance music, so I just hope I'm writing stuff that makes someone at the very least want to tap their foot," he said.
"I love our songs and have a great time playing them, but when it comes down to it, what I'm interested in are the jams," said Jordan. "I like to get as far out as possible and then bring it back into the song. If we do this correctly and with enough energy, it makes the audience go crazy which in turn makes us play better."
Their creativity comes from experience, said Justin.
"The themes of songs really come from how we're feeling at the time, rather than manufacturing something we don't really feel," explained Justin. "I don't think it's genuine to limit yourself to one end of the emotional spectrum just to fit in with a perceived notion about what your band has to say. We're all complicated people."
Sinecure is always working on new material and is currently building up their library of songs. More and more gigs are being booked and a demo is in the works to be put out later this year. The band is also looking to expand their horizons by adding a keyboardist to the group. When that happens, the trio believes they will really take off.
"We're playing more and more new songs, experimenting more, and are just generally more open to trying something new and discovering our own sound," said Justin.
"One of our goals for this year has been to earn a spot at the local festival Backwoods Pondfest. We haven't yet, but with some support I'm still confident we can accomplish that," added Jack.
Sinecure is featured in the Radio section of Plattsburgh Pipeline at www.plattsburghpipeline.com. They may also be found on Facebook and Myspace.
(Editor's Note: Sinecure is playing at the Monopole, 7 Protection Ave., this Thursday, April 8. The show starts at 10 p.m.)