The Laytcomers have been around for several years, but they’ve only recently begun performing their honest, lo-fi no wave influenced songs live. They began as a quartet of Fremont High School friends before half the band split, leaving Cye Husain and Ilya Shkipin to continue as a recording project for several years. During that time, they focused on recording and honing their sound before adding drummer John Lee in 2015 and saxophonist and keyboardist Sam Hardy last year, giving them the chance to explore new sonic territories with the saxophone and get out and play a show every now and then.

Their “Sharpie Head” single is their first release since adding saxophonist/keyboardist Sam Hardy and drummer John Lee. They made damn good use of Hardy’s sax — it starts as a major part of the rhythm before primarily adding to the noise later in the song, while the ever-present drums make you feel like a cool kid in New York in the late ’70s. Their sound is evolving from earlier works, and I like where it’s going.

The Laytcomers have an album practically ready to go, and they’re playing the Hemlock later this week. Details right here:

Nyre, The Daisy Chain Reaction, Laytcomers, Family Flaw
Hemlock Tavern
August 3, 2017
8:30pm, $7