To show a little of what the Classic City has to offer, from time to time I would like to spotlight a local band. After all, living in a city that offers live music every day of the week does has it’s benefits. Today I’m spotlighting local act Sumilan.
I first discovered Sumilan at the “Wakarusa Winter Classic” in 2010. It was a battle of the bands and winner won a spot to perform at the Wakarusa Music Festival in the summer. Although Sumilan did not win the competition, they definitely sparked my, and the audience’s, attention. Sumilan is a ambient, progressive rock band that performs mostly their original pieces, but also does a good job with covers as well. They describe their sound as anything ranging from rock, electronica, funk, metal, and jazz with a high dosage of experimentation. Some of their influences are Umphrey’s McGee, Phish, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa, Lotus, Disco Biscuits, Particle, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Widespread Panic, Ween, The Allman Brother’s Band and more.
After seeing Sumilan perform live that first time I’ve tried to catch them as often as possible. Most recently they performed at Rye Bar in Athens and definitely put on an amazing show. I love music that makes you want to dance and enjoy yourself, and Sumilan does just that. They did an excellent Talking Heads cover along with a lot of their original work, including “The Fuzz.” Check out some of Sumilan’s music here. Sumilan’s energy guarantees that by catching one of their live shows you will definitely have a good time. Check out Sumilan’s tour schedule and see them if possible! Keep up the good work guys.
Check out this video of “Daybreak” performed by Sumilan at New Earth Music Hall in Athens