Anthony Sica
Gig Seeker Pro

Anthony Sica

| SELF

| SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter

Calendar

This band hasn't logged any future gigs

This band hasn't logged any past gigs

This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos

Music

Press


Anthony Sica, "Thieves, Highwaymen & Gypsies"

VITAL STATS: Anthony Sica spent a number of years on the Daytona music scene turning his guitar up to 11 in progressive rock and thrash metal bands, with occasional breaks for the Dylanesque singer-songwriter thing.

After returning to his native New York City a few years ago, where he gigged at the Bitter End and the late, lamented CBGB's, Sica came back to the Daytona area.

For the 13 tracks of "Thieves, Highwaymen & Gypsies," Sica wrote all the music and lyrics, and performed on guitar, drums and other instruments, including all the synth and drum programming

THE MUSIC: Sica says that "while riding the subways through the infamous Greenwich Village" several years ago, he realized that he "was not about to abandon his influences," but neither was he "going to be bound by them anymore."

And so "Thieves, Highwaymen & Gypsies" finds Sica expanding his sonic palette. On the arresting "Hey Mister," Sica weaves a Lennon-esque vocal around insistent, sinewy violin, a chugging but subdued guitar and piano accents. With its mega-reverbed guitar, "The Devil" sounds like Chris Isaak channeling Robert Johnson.

On "Scary Girl," a sly Beavis and Butt-Head pastiche, Sica employs rock riffing, crazy over-the-top drums and tongue-in-cheek lyrics as he catalogs a "million types" of fantasy babes: "tatted out," "gothic," "party," "New Age, "riot grrrl," "Loretta from Kentucky on a porch swing," a "belle from Montego Bay," "emo," "rasta," "redneck," a woman who "keeps her head in books," another who's a "mannequin who only cares about her looks," one who "wears designer shows and has a degree," and more.

"Time Lord" juxtaposes brontosaur bass, a keening guitar solo and a chorus in which Sica goes Geddy Lee, while " You & I" is moody techno-pop with its electronica wisely subservient to the song.

Sica returns to straight-up heavy rock with "My World" and the Neil Young-like fuzz-grunge of "You're In Denial."

YOU'LL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE: Jack White and his various incarnations (White Stripes, Raconteurs, The Dead Weather), the Black Keys, My Morning Jacket

WEBSITES: anthonysica.com, myspace.com/anthonysica

CD AVAILABLE AT: iTunes - By Rick de Yampert, Entertainment Writer on May 14, 2010 Appearing in The News-Journal, Daytona Beac


Discography

Sixes & Sevens 2001
Shangri-La Blues 2002
Serpico 7 2003
Jersey Blue 2003
Fool For The Pain 2007
Elevator Gypsy 2008
Eclipse 2009
Thieves, Highwaymen & Gypsies 2010
(Available on iTunes, Myspace, etc.)
Many new singles streamed on iTunes, Myspace, etc. from
LP "Thieves, Highwaymen & Gypsies."

Photos

Bio

Singer-Songwriter Anthony Sica, has spent the last two decades in a perpetual state of restlessness…unease…anxiety. And this has served him well, because in that time he has penned over 50 original songs. Many have been tossed aside or wasted on various projects and/or bands that dabbled in everything from acid-prog to country-pop to thrash metal. But out of those 50 or more tunes, Anthony has slowly mined some shiny gems over the last ten years, bringing back an arsenal of cosmic American pop-blues which served him well as an aspiring singer-songwriter in his hometown of NYC. Just three years ago, playing at The Bitter End (sometimes alongside a then unknown Lady Gaga) and CBGB’s (before its closing), Anthony discovered something important about his songwriting…that instead of finding his niche, he truly needed to create it. In the many years spent between Staten Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Orlando, Daytona Beach and Miami, comparisons were always thrown out at every CD release and live gig…”he sounds like Harrison”…”he writes like Dylan”…”kinda NY folk-punk.” All these labels were well-warranted and not at all contrary to Sica’s vision. However, while riding the subways through the infamous Greenwich Village, he realized that he needed his own identity, and while he was not about to abandon his influences, he was not going to be bound by them anymore. Moving back to Florida, Sica also realized that his state of mind had little to do with the state he was actually in. Since this relocation, his life has been in chaos…death, birth and emotional breakdowns have all been recurring themes over the last two years, coming to a tumultuous climax at the end of 2009. But as he rolled into 2010, the poet priest began to exorcise his own demons. Locking himself away during the week, while performing with his cover band The Inner Void virtually every weekend, Anthony began writing, recording and producing the 13 tracks which now make-up “Thieves, Highwaymen & Gypsies.” The collection starts out with a thirty second pre-WWII type blues ditty called “Hypocrite Blues” which sets the cynical tone of the record. From there, Anthony takes you on a cinematic aural adventure with “Hey Mister” and then throws you back in time with the Robert Johnson/Blind Willie McTell inspired “The Devil.” After that it’s a no-holds barred, sonic free-for-all. From the techno tinged strains of “You & I” to the punk and modern riffing in “You’re In Denial” and “My World” to the twangy blues of the title track, Anthony’s showing you the movie reel playing in his tortured mind, and the songs are scenes that are quite different but still tell the same story…one of temptation, loss, love, life, death and desire…themes that Anthony brought out in his last two albums “Elevator Gypsy” and “Fool For The Pain.” “Thieves” shows more musical maturity, than Sica’s last releases, in that he has some well-needed comedy mixed in with the tragedy this time. “Scary Girl” is a rave-up on female stereotypes, or at least ones that he fantasizes about, while the album’s closer, “Dead Leaf Blues” is based on him raking leaves albeit with a ribald motif running through it. “Smile” which is loosely inspired by Lennon’s “Day In A Life” was written for his son Dylan, and was used as a bedtime lullaby before making its way onto “Thieves.” And this time around, Anthony acheived the artistic freedom he truly lacked in the past by playing all the instruments himself and self-recording and producing. And listening to the playbacks, all you hear is Anthony. And although there’s a lot of blood on these tracks…and tears…there’s plenty of love and joy too. For two decades, Anthony has been writing, recording and performing music. He’s shared stages and bills with bands as diverse as Nickelback, Sevendust, Badfinger, Ritchie Havens, Buckcherry, Molly Hatchet and Sonic Youth. He’s performed over 500 shows…from coffee shops to outdoor amphitheatres. But all of those songs and experiences don’t matter anymore in his grand musical scheme of things. Because it’s 2010, and both the man and the Singer-Songwriter have been reborn…an outlaw poet…truly an artist bent on serving the songs he writes, while exorcising the aural demons that possess him. Metaphorical yet confessional Dylanesque songs about angels, devils, rogue priests and priestesses, aliens, tarot readers, gypsies, carnivals, cowboy angels, gunfighters, witches, sorcerers, harlots, mavericks and outlaw poets like himself. Bittersweet Beatlesque melodies, lush vocals, gothic imagery, heartbreaking hooks, righteous rock riffs and haunting hymns are all part of Anthony's sonic sermon...part Cosmic American, part British Invasion, preached nightly from the corner of Positively 4th Street, while hanging out with Thieves, Highwaymen and Gypsies, all looking to break your heart, infiltrate your mind…and steal your soul.
You Better Beware!