We’ve covered a fair number of Massachusetts based bands on our podcast, and this episode is no different. Although from New Jersey, our artist of the week self published her album while attending Northeastern University in Boston.
Sidney Gish is an American singer-songwriter. Her first album, Ed Buys Houses, was self-released on Bandcamp in 2016. Her second album, No Dogs Allowed, was released in 2017, receiving a 7.7 rating on Pitchfork and winning Album of the Year at the 2018 Boston Music Awards. Following the moderate internet success of No Dogs Allowed, Gish briefly toured with singer-songwriter Mitski in 2018. In March 2019, she performed at South by Southwest and was featured on NPR Music’s Austin 100. She was listed as one of Stereogum’s Best New Artists of 2018.
For this episode, we listen to and discuss No Dogs Allowed. Because everyone loves labels, Sidney can best be categorized as indie rock or antifolk. Antifolk is a musical genre that promotes song-writing over technique and personality over polish. Some see it as the evolution of folk, others as a combination on punk and folk. Here at Esoterica the Podcast, we tend to like things that can’t be neatly labeled. I’d say that’s Sidney Gish, and she’s pretty cool. Enjoy.