There's a quiet confidence that defines Landon Jacobs, the frontman of L.A.'s Sir Sly. It's not boisterous or cocky, it's just a matter-of-fact stance that comes off as refreshing. Hearing the songsmith behind Sir Sly talk about what he wants out of the group and how he knew things were working for them, doesn't define him - far from it - but it does define his passion in music. Jacobs hasn't climbed the mountain he wants to climb, but he's not at the base either; Sir Sly has started their ascent, but there are a number of big challenges in their way before they reach their goal of sharing their music with as many people as possible.
Sir Sly signed to Interscope last year, and so far they've released an EP, Gold with the label. They're working towards a full album that will be made this year. Simply put, there's a lot of work to be done. Talking with Alternative Addiction in a recent interview, Jacobs expressed his excitement about that work and his passion for all things Sir Sly.
"When we wrote 'Ghost,' that's when things got serious with Sir Sly, for me personally. I knew this was going to be what I was going to be doing, at least for a good stretch of time. There's been other stuff along the way to restrengthen that goal to do music as a living along the way since then, but that was a big moment. Since then, there's been a lot of work, but it's been fun. At this point, I wouldn't want to do anything other than music. I've always done it because I loved it. I was never forced into anything as a kid - I've always wanted to do it. That's everything that goes with music, especially songwriting. Songwriting has been one of the most important things in my life. When I need to make sense of something in the world around me, I put it in a song. This is all I want to do, but I knew Sir Sly was going to be a big thing in my life the moment we wrote 'Ghost.'"
That first successful foray into songwriting as a group led to more songs, but it's also led them to some pretty big opportunities, among them is getting to tour with one of the true up-and-coming bands in music right now, label-mates The 1975. That group is currently enjoying radio success across multiple formats and the attention that goes along with releasing a critically acclaimed self-titled full-length record.
"We've been looking forward to it and that's exciting," said Jacobs on the upcoming tour with The 1975. "We're focusing on that tour, but we're also trying to get an album done at the same time. We're writing a lot right now in and out of touring trying to get the album done. We've written somewhere between 30 and 40 songs. I think the tour is going to be good for us to play for another band's fans every night. That will be good for us to get our music out to more people. I think we're all really excited to try and release the record some time this year to get people a bigger picture of us and to get it out to people because we think it's going to be great. We're excited for the tour and we're hoping it's going to be the start of a busy year for us," added Jacobs.
That full album is something that more and more bands are finding it tough to do these days. With the short attention span of the public, and the ease of making an EP, it's not as common of a practice as it once was for a band to release an LP. Jacobs says that's true for some bands, but not for Sir Sly. Writing an album is actually the preferred method for the group.
"Writing an album is more comfortable for us. We don't put pressure on ourselves to write singles. Writing an album is what naturally happens for us. It's exciting. There are challenges but that's part of what makes it exciting. The hardest thing is figuring out how to adapt the music you're recording to a live setting. Writing music comes naturally for us."
Knowing Jacobs and his confidence in what he and the band can do, that shouldn't be a problem. The band's Gold EP is available now, you can catch them on tour with The 1975 and Bad Suns this spring.
4/16/2014: Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
4/17/2014: San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
4/18/2014: San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
4/21/2014: Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
4/23/2014: Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
4/24/2014: Seattle, WA – Showbox
4/25/2014: Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
4/26/2014: Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre
4/28/2014: Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
4/29/2014: Calgary, AB - Flames Central
5/1/2014: Winnipeg, MB – Garrick
5/2/2014: Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
5/3/2014: Madison, WI – Orpheum
5/4/2014: Pontiac, MI - Royal Oak
5/5/2014: Columbus, OH - The LC Pavillion
5/6/2014: Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
5/8/2014: New York, NY - Terminal 5
5/9/2014: Providence, RI - Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
5/10/2014: Boston, MA – Royale
5/12/2014: Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
5/13/2014: Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
5/14/2014: Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
5/15/2014: Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
5/19/2014: Jacksonville, FL - Free Bird Live
5/20/2014: Ft Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
5/21/2014: Orlando, FL - House of Blues
5/22/2014: Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre