Sy Arden

Sy Arden

 Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Solo electric guitar songstress with a strong set of pipes and guitar skills to match. Genre- hopping songwriting with a raw emotional element. Sometimes unorthodox composition, sometimes hook, line, and sinker melodies. Big energy musician.

Biography

Sy Arden is a solo, electric guitar-playing songwriter who dapples some songs with raucus distortion, others with vulnerable inflection. She conceptually manages duality through music- giving voice to both dark and light- while connecting to increasingly diverse audiences. Many songs are anthemic, many are specific and individualized, and some are humorous.

During a live performance, you might hear a gently plucked electric with ringing harmonics followed by a stomp on the distortion box. Or you might hear a chicken-picked acoustic coming to life, southern style, in "The Oh", a song celebrating female sexuality. And this is what every single fan says is the trademark, the enduring impression, that makes Sy Arden something you not only want to hear, but love to watch. The ability to get back into the moment the song was written taps into a universal truth about emotion: we all have felt some or all of this; and its refreshing to see someone put that out so fearlessly; like its no crazier than a morning cup of coffee.

So the jury is still out- she sounds like this, this, and that with some of this mixed in- its hard to nail down; perhaps that has to do with the fact she mainly plays solo, or maybe because she is uncompromising in her approach, "whatever the muse sends, let it be written". You will hear a coo, a scream, a killer riff, and a hum-drum strum; according to Sy Arden, "they all have a seat at the table". No snobs allowed.

Lyrics

Weapon Forever

Written By: Sy Arden

If you want to be my teacher, stick around till I learn
If you want to be my teacher, prepared to get burned
Here, take this, it'll make it feel better
Here, take this, it's a weapon forever

Desperately simple, loving disaster
Simon says, "copy cat" how do you know

Sometimes things get broken and it's nobody's fault
Sometimes you have to just let it drop
Here, take this, it'll make it feel better
Here, take this, it's a weapon forever

Confidently humbled, destitutley vested
Past hope says, "take a stab" how will you know

Push On

Written By: Sy Arden


Don't hold me
I see this truth without feeling
Here's the army I'm leading
to nowhere, just go where you can without feeling
Go where you can without needing

Push on, push through
Through to you
Through it all- if you can't walk, crawl
That's how you do without sun

It's raining
I light the fire by seeing
Here are my eyes bleeding
There's a war between function and being
And I want to be on the side winning

Push on, push through
Through to you
Through it all- if you can't walk, crawl
That's how you do without sun

Dig A Hole

Written By: Sy Arden

I'm using what's left to redirect the mission
In physics it fission, in life it's tension
To make less the whole
To break it down, to dig a hole

You can't have what you don't want

I'm using what's left to undermine the struggle
Nevermind the pain, nevermind the sorrow
To make less the soul, to lift it up and let it go

Discography

"Preposition" EP
"Push On" radio play on 106.5 FM
Currently working on full-length album development/funding

Set List

Originals:
Floating/ Weapon Forever/ Easy/ What Gives/ Dig a Hole/ 1000 Days/ Push On/ Hang onto/ Virago/ Flow By and Through/ Slow Moon/ Southern Sun/ The Oh/ 8 in the Sky/ Balloons and Ribbon/ Tell Me/ Over Soon/ Finished Off
Covers:
You Really Got a Hold On Me/ Deep River/ The Weight/ Baba O Riley/ Bankrupt on Sellin