Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Brian Howe AKA SIKES is an Alternative/Hip-Hop Artist & Producer from Pittsburgh, PA who is known locally for his work in various musical projects and other artistic endeavors. His backing band, THE NEW VIOLENCE is a diverse group of talent curated by SIKES himself to help bring his electronic compositions and ideas to life through live instrumentations. Together, SIKES AND THE NEW VIOLENCE have crafted a sound that is accessible yet indefinable by blending unique elements from a wide variety of genres and cultures. With a well respected reputation for his creativity, relentless live performances and D.I.Y. work ethic, SIKES continues to play by his owns rules, takes the road less traveled and never follows in the footsteps of anyone but himself. Some career highlights include commanding the hip-hop and rock scenes by opening for Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Doomtree, Asking Alexandria, Chon and O’Brother, taking 3rd place in the ‘Best Local Hip-Hop Performer to be the next Mac Miller’ category in the Pittsburgh City Paper Reader’s Poll, and a crowdfunding campaign through PledgeMusic for his 2015 album release, “I’ve Seen Better” where he reached over 100% of his goal. His latest album “I’ve Seen Better” is available now!


I've Seen Better Album

1. Low Expectations (04:57)

2. The Cold Shoulder (03:52)

3. Solitaire (03:55) 

4. Ravenous Plastic (04:38) 

5. Sick Sad World (04:55)

6. Always Last (03:02)

7. Just Swim (04:25)

8. On Being Myself (04:14)

9. Scam Artists (03:09)

10. Parasites (05:02) 

Self Portraits & Self Destruction Album

1. Barf Simpson // Ft. William James (03:51)

2. Americunts (04:56)

3. Bloody Knuckles (03:25)

4. Santa Claus. Bloody Mary. Elvis Presley. Jesus Christ. // Ft. Amuck (04:38)

5. Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Not Giving A Fuck (03:22)

6. The Good Old Days (04:44)

7. Perfect Blue // Ft. Crystal Madae (04:16)

8. Royal Wedding // Ft. Basick Sickness (04:28)

9. Paper Football (Re: Old Letters) (04:16)

10. Let Me Sleep (04:34)

11. Scenekiller/Scenefucker // Ft. Kiltervision & Josh Escoto (Bonus Track) (03:08)

Set List

Low Expectations
Just Swim
Ravenous Plastic
Scam Artists
Cold Shoulder