Sires’ name change, new album and return to 80/357/6/2016
It has been a transformative time for Dylan Sires, Ross Klemz and Graham Howland. After forming in Waterloo in 2012 as Dylan Sires & Neighbors, the trio released a full-length album in early 2013, won the 80/35 play-in later that year, then kicked that year’s festival off with a set on the main stage.
Now, nearly three years later, the band has shortened the name down to a single word — Sires — and has signed with Des Moines indie label Station 1 Records, becoming one of the inaugural acts signed by label head Tobi Parks. Both moves serve to underscore just how far the band has come, and how different of a place they find themselves in creatively.
“Everyone in the band kind of decided on the name change,” frontman Sires said. “It’s kind of shorter, sweeter. It was representative of what we have become — this band, this three-person mechanism.
“Working with Station 1 has been great. Part of what Station 1 is trying to do is expose the Iowa music scene. So to be asked to be one of their first bands is kind of an honor. Station 1’s goal is so pure and honest. You can’t really say no to that.”
After nearly a year in production, Sires is putting the finishing touches on their next album, titled “Soul For Sale,” which is scheduled to drop this September. Produced by Envy Corps guitarist Brandon Darner, who has also worked on albums for Holy White Hounds and Bonne Finken, “Soul For Sale” will be the first album under the new band name, as well as the first full-length release for Station 1.
“(Working with Darner) was enlightening,” Sires said. “There were a lot of aspects to music that I had never thought about that me made me consider. I was super critical of myself, and he made me kind of lay back and appreciate things. He was a different perspective that you normally don’t get.”
This week, Sires returns to 80/35, performing Saturday on the Nationwide Stage. The later performance time and free stage setting will mean a much larger crowd for the band’s performance, and that is something that Sires says the whole band is looking forward to.
“To me, 80/35 is the pinnacle of Iowa shows,” he said. “But it’s a different experience now because we’re a different band. We’re better. We want to show people that we’re of the great bands in Iowa.” CV