Cleveland-based indie rockers the Sidekicks have had quite the evolution from DIY basement punksters to soaring jam masters. The band’s latest release, Happiness Hours, was released in 2018, and today they’re sharing a new single called “People’s Court.” They’re also heading out on tour with the Menzingers this summer, and those dates can be found below.
This track has a more acoustic sound compared to previous tracks like “Twin’s Twist.” A discordant pluck comes in between verses. Those same notes find themselves rearranged harmonically to match the chorus vocals. A warbling and warm pad amplifies the softness, which displays a rather different side to the versatile band.
This gives way to a nostalgia lyrically that is ruminative yet concise. According to Sidekicks vocalist Steve Ciolek, this exact emotion can be physically placed. “‘Peoples Court’ takes place at a combination laundromat/bar in a quiet moment shared between a couple. Sometimes it’s unnerving how well two people can know each other,” he said in a press release.
Check out “People’s Court” below, along with an alternate acoustic version by Ciolek.
06/22 Lansing, MI @ Three Stacks Festival
07/06 Yellow Springs, OH @ Springsfest
07/23 Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
07/24 Buffalo, NY @ Rec Room
07/25 London, Canada @ Rum Runners
07/28 Worchester, MA @ Palldium
07/30 Lakewood, OH @ Phantasy Nightclub
07/31 Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
08/01 Indianapolis, IN @ Old National Centre
08/02 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
08/04 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s
08/06 Cincinatti, OH @ Southgate House Revival
08/08 Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
08/09 Virginia Beach @ Peabody’s Nightclub
08/10 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
“People’s Court” is out now on Epitaph.