Indie rock draws more from Appalachian music than just facial hair styles. Columbus, Ohio-based Saintseneca taps multi-talented founder Zac Little's rural roots, harvesting acoustic textures and alienation, which it spins out with post-punk and psych-rock abandon. Little answered CTNow's questions about Saintseneca's new record, "Dark Arc" (due out in March) and other odds and ends.
In the past, you've written songs on different instruments: guitar, bass, etc. Was that also the case on "Dark Arc"?
Yeah, I'm a little obsessed with finding and learning new instruments. You'll find different things in each one. It keeps me always searching. That was definitely an integral component in making "Dark Arc."
What have you found are the limitations (if any) of playing rock music on acoustic instruments? The benefits?
I think it's actually far more liberating. We can be a psych rock band, or an intimate bluegrass group. Both feel true to who we are. The only limitation is that we're a little quieter than some bands. But I think that's an opportunity to engage people. It can create a space that feels really special when it works. Silence can be stirring.
Do you remember the first record you ever bought with your own money?
"Toxicity" by System of a Down. It's still awesome. Nu metal at its finest. Haha
What's the first thing you like to do when you roll into a new town?
Get coffee and look for a record store.
What music are you listening to these days?
I've been listening to "Combat Rock" by the Clash on repeat, the Beatles, Grouper, Women, Anna Ranger.
What would you be doing now if you weren't a musician?
Saintseneca performs Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at The Space, 295 Treadwell St., Hamden. Tickets are $10-$12. Information: thespacect.com