Name: Dylan Sires and Neighbors
Members: Dylan Sires (vocals, guitar), Ross Klemz (drums), Graham Howland (bass)
From: Waterloo, IA
Genre: Rock, Powerpop
Booking: Leesta Vall Artists Agency
This group is not about fashion. They’re about the unbridled energy and passion that make rock and roll music so timeless. This band isn’t traditional. Yes, they’re influenced by yesterday’s giants, from Chuck Berry to the Beatles to the boss, but spun through the musical minds of 3 pop enthusiasts living and writing in the moment, chasing hits and big time hooks, unconcerned with trends or rock star attitudes. They are making the music of tomorrow, this is rock and roll with real inspiration, built to last. This group is DYLAN SIRES & NEIGHBORS.
Dylan Sires & Neighbors are having a break out year. They’ve released two albums (their debut album No One and their follow-up Someone), won a state-wide battle of the bands and opened for big-name acts such as Deerhunter, Wavves, Mac Demarco, Robert Ellis and of Montreal. They have a Daytrotter Session and an Afterhours Session to their name, appeared at multiple festivals (80/35, Mission Creek, Gross Domestic Product) and traveled around the world to headline the MuseLand Festival in the Kingdom of Bahrain and tour Japan this past fall, in addition to trekking across the U.S. this past spring.
Dylan Sires & Neighbors have enlisted the help of Brandon Darner, member of The Envy Corps and producer of Imagine Dragons, to produce their third album Everyone.
There is a simple (and striking) beauty in the harmonies of Dylan Sires and Neighbors and they clearly know it; it’s central in every one of their songs. With the porcelain voice of an early ’60s crooner, Sires is joined by the complementary coos of Klemz and Howland that sigh so softly yet so spot on that it aspires to the highly regarded counter-melody-classes of, say, the Beach Boys or Everly Brothers. But there are also bongos and surfy guitars, warm pianos and subtle drum fills to strike a more energized pop/rock vibe for the crescendos. – Jeff Milo, Paste Magazine
Iowa Public Radio puts on a play-in contest every year for a spot on the main stage at 80/35. This year’s winner, Dylan Sires & Neighbors, won the honor and it proved to be well deserved…The trio, looking sharp as hell in white pants and pastel shirts, played a tight rock ‘n’ roll style with hints of early pop. These boys had a fantastic energy and presence. – Thomas Rue, QRO Magazine
Dylan Sires and Neighbors are headed by ridiculously charismatic front men. With his 1950s-infused style and on-stage energy, the titular Dylan Sires reminds me of a young Chris Issak. – Chad Taylor, Cityview
[The] power pop kings of Iowa–have graced us with another music video. This time around, they show off their harmonizing melodies in a date night worthy ballad for their song “Persona Non Grata. – Band Bombshell
No One and Someone are perfect albums for those mid-summer afternoons spent boiling in a random field or side-street in Middle America. The twenty-four tracks between the two albums are full of bright indie-pop jangle not entirely unlike The Dirty Projectors without the brain trauma. Sires’ voice frequently feels like a falsetto floating around the proceedings in a haze of reverb while all manner of instruments from guitars to piano and back again craft impeccable melodies. The trio also has mastered the art of the three part harmony, giving each song an added level of songcraft that most pop-rock confectioners seem to forget…If you’re a fan of sun-bleached indie-jangle, you will feel right at home amongst the spectacular three-part harmonies and the delicate interplay between the cavalcade of instruments. – The Milk Carton
[Dylan Sires and Neighbors] have a solid command of melody in the tradition of power pop, and are influenced by The Beatles, Vampire Weekend and 50′s styled balladry…Sires has a unique sound combination and precise musicianship that will keep you interested all the way through. – Powerpopaholic
…every bit as infectious and urbane and hopeless-romantic as I could have expected, packed with irresistibly gooey harmonies, post-Big Star hooks, emotional swells, a couple generous dollops of tropical vibes, colorful instrumentation, and just enough of a seasoning of cool studio effects, fashioned into a set of poignant and cautiously optimistic songs. – Chuck Hoffman, The Centipede Farm