Written by Guest Writer Kyle Bynoe
K Sera is an unsigned band who are well-known for their song “Me Before Women and Children” (featuring Thomas Dutton of Forgive Durden). The band has been recording and working on their newest album, produced by Dutton and mixed by Casey Bates. The song has since spawned them a music video that was featured on Fuse’s On-Demand, a feature on PureVolume and a premiere on AbsolutePunk.net. The band has a recent glow of fame and now the question is: Can they top it?K Sera steps up their game with their newest release: “We were thinking of Evolving (Wake Up)”, a follow up to their hit “Me Before Women and Children”. The song begins as a solemn requiem, furnished with slow drum tracks and piano rolls. The lyrics start off slow, flowing into one another, and are more poetic than lyrical with lines such as “When Your ashes hit the winds/Will you be able/ To say that you lived by the words you spoke” but the beat and intensity, what fans saw in “Me Before Women and Children”, starts to peak at the chorus. The song sounds more like an anthem or revival rather than the slow-beat impression it gave before with lyrics such as “Wake Up/ The city’s on fire/ And nobody’s stopping it.” K Sera’s music is not only enhanced by its unique indie style it has but also by vocalist Mike Caswell. His voice warbles and changes pitch throughout the song. Normally one would find this annoying but Caswell has an uncanny ability to manipulate the vocals and have them flow into one another and stream seamlessly with the intricate instrumentals. Vocals play a major role in all of their songs but in “We Were thinking of Evolving”, the vocals are more simplistic while still having the flair that K Sera is known for.
But the vocals aren’t the only highlight. While playing a key role in the song, they are also perfectly balanced with the instrumentals with neither dominant over the other. The flow and balance of the song make it enjoyable and give it the flair that “Me Before Women” has. K Sera’s indie rock style is dissimilar to most bands around. Although they’re unsigned and formed in the far reaches of Sacramento, California, the band has acquired a huge fan base that is formed by fans of Forgive Durden, You Me and Everyone We Know and Panic! At the Disco; although the sound and genre aren’t similar, they have a knack for catchy hooks that are frequent in most of their songs.
Most people could say that an unsigned band, like K Sera, requires talent. That is one thing that K Sera has. Did they top “Me Before Women and Children”? Barely. Both are instant hits but “We were Thinking of Evolving” lacks a certain spark that its predecessor had. It could be the missing gang vocals or the buildups and prominent instrumentals. Either way, K Sera is still on the top of my list of unsigned bands.