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Not many people can say they love what they do for a living. Sidney is one of those few folks. Though he admits it's not exactly the glamor life.
“I keep my bills low. I drive a 1998 Ford F150 pick up truck with 175,000 miles on it.” You are likely to see the teal truck parked outside the many places Sidney has been performing lately.
This Phoenixville based artist just released “THE PROTAGONIST”. A self produced EP Sidney says was a long time coming. “It's hard to manage the business side of things when most of my time is spent being immersed in the creative realm! I had a bunch of songs that were completed or on the cusp of completion,when I had this dream that my computer crashed and I lost everything. That kinda kicked my butt into high gear!”
“THE PROTAGONIST” is a bold statement. Starting with the cover photo
that elicits a 1950's beatnik vibe with a South American revolutionary feel. There's not one sappy love song or a whining tune about relationships gone bad. Instead you get songs like “Til Freedom Come”. A song presented in story form about a power hungry king who's eventually slain by the sword of his only son. (Yikes!)
“On My Way” features rapper/activist Claude Wesley who drops three no nonsense verses on corruption in America. The only hope for radio airplay on this call for revolution is Sidney's simple but catchy repetitive hook.
“I tend to lean towards the struggles of life. Honestly a lot of music today makes me sick. The lack of depth and compassion has me questioning the longevity of the human race.”
You can hear his lament on the epic track “Love Is On Low” Sidney sings:
“Is this the annihilation? I hope that there's room left on the space-station.
We're leaving Earth so dead tired and broken. I can hear her screams but no one has spoken.”
The first single “Misinterpreted Signals” mocks Pop music's predictable tired bubble gum formula of repetitive hooks. Lyrically the whole album is a triumph. Sidney's slick word play is undoubtedly attributed to his stint in the Philly based underground Hip-Hop group The Quantum Mechanix.