Melodic Alternative Space Rock Band SIKA Announces Release of Four-Song EP, Kingdom of the Krooked Mirrors
Alternative space rockers SIKA proudly announce the release of their latest EP, Kingdom of the Krooked Mirrors, on July 29. The first single, “Superman,” is set to hit the street on July 15. The album was recorded at Soundsmith studios in North Hollywood and was produced by Brad Smith (Blind Melon).
The new EP showcases lead singer/bassist ALEKSEY ZHARINOV’s brooding, lush falsetto and the band’s signature ethereal layers and textures. SIKA’s music is melodic pop rock at its finest. SIKA’s music is dreamy, trippy, and is influenced by the band’s favorite artists, such as Muse, Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Queen and Depeche Mode.
“’Superman’ is about celebrities who achieve huge success but can’t cope with it and eventually fall prey to it,” ALEKSEY explains. “It consumes them, and eventually destroys them.” “Superman, rescue me if you can/I can’t stay, but I see no other way/Why can’t you come now? Why you delay? Why can’t you come now and save me from myself?”
The next track, “Robin Williams,” is SIKA’s heartfelt reaction to sad and sudden departure of Williams from the world. “His death shocked us and made us wonder about how a person could bring so much joy to others while being so miserable on the inside,” reveals ALEKSEY. ROCKY continues, “He meant more to us than we thought…his death really affected us deeply…so much so that we felt compelled to write this song to sort out our feelings about it.” “Sometimes living in the spotlight makes you fight all your worst demons one on one/I’m sad that nobody could be there to stop you, make you realize that your life if far from done.”
The romantic and ethereal “Vampire Love” is a love letter from ALEKSEY to his wife. “I wrote this song for my wife as Valentine’s Day gift in 2013. It’s about how our love is eternal…like vampires.” “Every king needs a queen/Please stay close to me for eternity/I know that you and I will find the way/You and I will find the way to never die.”
Lastly, the title track “Kingdom of the Krooked Mirrors” is timely subject matter, with all the current political divide in 2016. “This song is about how the mainstream media doesn’t report the news, but instead censors, doctors, and spins the information to fit its own agenda,” says ALEKSEY. ROCKY adds, “This song is about the ‘krooked’ media and how they manipulate us with lies and innuendo.” “The fairy tales you call news/Divide us into reds and blues/You are all the same /With half truths they are controlling you/Withholding truth, they are controlling you.”
SIKA originally formed in 2002 in Minnesota. ALEKSEY and his brother SERGEI (lead guitar), originally from Russia, joined NATE (aka ROCKY), (rhythm guitar) to form the original line-up. ALEKSEY and ROCKY had met as teammates playing D1 tennis for the University of Minnesota, and the three of them formed the band out of ROCKY’s mom’s basement.
After months of practicing, SERGEI’s visa expired and he was forced to return to Russia, and it was unclear whether he would be able to come back. Then one night on a dark Russian street, he was jumped by several thugs, mugged and severely beaten. SERGEI suffered swelling of the brain as a result of the beating he took that night, and underwent a total of three brain surgeries, as well as some plastic surgery. After the operations, he fell into a coma, and it was uncertain whether he would ever wake up. Upon hearing the news, ALEKSEY and ROCKY were devastated. SERGEI finally emerged from his coma after 10 days. After his accident, the rest of the band unanimously decided to name the band after Sergei’s traditional Russian nickname, “Sika.”
In early 2007 SIKA released its first four-song EP, Phenomenon, and began playing more favorable spots in their native Minnesota, hoping to become a recognized band locally. In 2008, SIKA came out with their second EP, How to Dream with Your Eyes Open, which was again well received in the Twin Cities music scene. Further developing their sound, they began opening for numerous national live acts such as The Secret Machines and The Helio Sequence, and found their way to #62 on the internet Cities 97 radio chart scoring over 2,200 plays.
In 2013, SIKA relocated to Los Angeles in search of more music opportunities. They met drummer ANDREW CULBERTSON who hails from Georgia and had also moved to LA with similar musical aspirations. They all hit it off immediately, and began playing local live shows around LA, as well as embarking on a two-month west coast tour in 2015. After that tour ended, the band was invited to tour Japan in November of 2015. SIKA has played some highlighted venues all over such as: The Chelsea Hotel in Shibuya, Japan; The Basement Bar, Tokyo, Japan; Austin City Limits and SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, Texas; The House of Blues, The Viper Room and The Whiskey Go-Go in Los Angeles. SIKA is planning another U.S. west coast tour soon, then a tour in Japan, and is also set to explore new horizons with a European tour in 2016.
Outside of touring, SIKA has also had success with placements on MTV’s, “The Real World”, Oxygen Networks, “Bad Girls Club” and “Best Ink” as well as video game placements and extreme sports placements.
Stay tuned for latest live show dates and more information, coming soon…