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Two O'clock Sirens

by Sweet Japonic

smart, often rootsy rock, bolstered by tight musicianship and expressive, harmony-rich vocals
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. She was Doin' Fine
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2. The Oceans Knees
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3. You're A Fool Now
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4. Go To Hell
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5. Two O'clock Sirens
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6. When Morning Dies
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7. Come Lay Down
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8. Steely Luke
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Album Notes
Something different, something that takes you outside of the routine, the norm, the societal expectation, something that makes you know you are alive with nothing left to lose.

*2006 Jammie Award winning CD for best local rock album!

Review's on 'Two O'clock Sirens'

•Grand Rapids Press:

The music: One of Grand Rapids' most talented bands ever maintains its spotless reputation with eight tracks of smart, often rootsy rock, bolstered by tight musicianship and expressive, harmony-rich vocals.

•Sweet Japonic releases new CD, Two O'clock Sirens
Advanced Newspapers:

It has been an interesting couple of years for the Grand Rapids-based band Sweet Japonic. The band has sort of changed drummers, added a keyboard player, and is about to release their second CD titled Two O'clock Sirens.

A CD release party is planned for 9:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at Billy's Lounge, 1437 Wealthy St. SE in Grand Rapids.

Bass player and founding member Ryan Braman said the changes have moved the band forward.

"We have always been serious about our music but I think that this CD has helped us to define our sound a little more," he said.

The band added former Mission Orange drummer Roy Wallace and keyboardist Davy Tyson to the band in the last year, which has added another dimension to the band Branman said.

"Wallace works as a studio engineer when not working with the band which has helped us in the recording process and everybody in town knows Tyson who regularly plays at piano bars in Grand Rapids," said Braman.

The self-produced album will be available at Schuler Books and at the band's Web site www.sweetjaponicmusic.com.

Braman said while the band has always been pleased with their self-produced efforts, a number of record labels have contacted the band about a possible deal.

"There have been discussions but so far, that's all there have been," he said. "You never know what will happen but we are really happy with this new CD."

For those unfamiliar with the band Sweet Japonic they sound much like bands like Counting Crows, Train, and OAR. Their music can best be described in the genre of frat rock. Frat Rock not being a derogatory term in that it would have a large appeal to many college age students, with its catchy hooks and sing-a-long lyrics are perfect for the Saturday night on campus

They blend a comfortable mix of piano and guitars to lull the listener into a nostalgic feeling that reminds listeners much of earlier Jimmy Buffett and Jackson Brown.

The musicianship on the album is better than most in the other bands in the same category.

They have tightness within in the band that shows in the structures of the songs and how each song is constructed. It is mildly predictable in their song structure: verse, chorus, verse, solo, chorus, but why mess with what works.

They also use the pedal steel effectively enough to also attract those who listen to pop-country to their shows.

Sweet Japonic offers a blend of middle-of-the-road rock music, with catchy choruses and danceable songs.

•How does it feel
Northeast In-Tune

How does it feel to be driving down the road and all of a sudden you hear your song on the radio? "It's cool! At first I called everybody I knew; now I just smile inside. It's a great feeling," says Ryan Braman of Sweet Japonic.

Sweet Japonic got its start five years ago, picking the name on a whim. "One of the guys saw a shampoo commercial with the ingredient Japonica. We wanted a two-word band name. We thought japonica was a "sweet" (as in cool) word. We dropped the "a" and made the name Sweet Japonic." And thus the mixed-genre band from Grand Rapids, Michigan was born. Though the lineup has changed over the last five years (Lucas and Ryan being the only original members left), their music is still as diverse and memorable as ever.

Lucas Wilson (lead singer/guitar) and Ryan Braman (bass) founded Sweet Japonic after Lucas said one day "I can sing, let's start a band." New additions include Matt Young (lead guitar, Mandolin, pedal steel, and backing vocals) who is a self-taught prodigy; not only does he perform with Sweet Japonic, he also teaches music at Jimmy Dillon's Blue Star Music Camp, and has collaborated with such great musicians as Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Brothers). Roy Wallace (drums, backing vocals) was previously in the band Mission Orange and has a double major in violin and percussion performance. He is also a degreed, free-lance recording engineer. And last, but certainly not least, Davy Tyson (keyboards) who plays full time at piano bars when he's not with Sweet Japonic. Tyson has a major in piano performance and a minor in music composition. "We're in phase four or five now with line-up changes, but everything's been smooth and natural evolution for the better."

So how do you describe Sweet Japonic's unparalleled sound? One way is to roll together indie style, rock, blues, folk, funk, soul, and island-flavored rock. "We definitely create what we feel in collaboration with each other. Each person is very unique in their musical tastes, which we feel is a strength to create original music. Whatever style we play, it as a certain hook, grooviness and energy that is hard for me to pigeonhole," says Braman.

After releasing two albums on their own, "Front Porch" (2003) and "Through the Eyes of Lucie Blue" (2005), and playing as many as six to eight shows a month over the last five years, Sweet Japonic has built an incredible fan base. "Things have been great, so I hope for continued progress and growth. We are looking for continued exposure to make this a full-time endeavor for all of us."



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Love It!!
I bought this CD based on one song. I love it. I listen to it everyday on my way to work and home. I won't even let my husband borrow it...I am a little selfish with it. Great job, sweet japonic.


The CD is pretty good.
The CD is pretty good. Same Sweet Japonic sound but with some added bonuses such as a keyboard. The CD was a bit short though, only 8 songs. And the songs were a bit slow. I like the Sweet Japonic songs that make you wanna get up and dance. Overall pretty good, but seems as though maybe they rushed the production?


Honestly, there is not a better CD you could have in your collection.. It doesnt matter what kind of music you like, this Tops it all, its real and relatable... You need to own this CD!!!!!


Love it! I can listen to it anywhere - at work, in the car, in the shower and its relaxing and rocking at the same time.


Another great one from Sweet J!
A step in the right direction for Sweet Japonic. With their third CD Grand Rapids based band Sweet Japonic continues to put out quality music. Be sure to check out She Was Doin' Fine and Steely Luke. With the addition of Davy Tyson on keys the band is maturing into a high quality rock/jazz/funk fusion band.


Another great one from Sweet J!
A step in the right direction for Sweet Japonic. With their third CD Grand Rapids based band Sweet Japonic continues to put out quality music. Be sure to check out She Was Doin' Fine and Steely Luke. With the addition of Davy Tyson on keys the band is maturing into a high quality rock/jazz/funk fusion band.

Bag of Songs

From The Mailbag : Sweet Japonic
The third release from Sweet Japonic is entitled Two O'Clock Sirens. Eight radio friendly songs that are a smooth mix of rock,folk and bluesy soul. The musicianship and production is top notch and it could easily hold its own with the artists it most sounds like. Think Train, Counting Crows, or Los Lonely Boys and you'll have an idea of where they're coming from. Their prior disc Through the Eyes of Lucie Blue even snagged them a 2005 Jammie Award for best local rock album in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area.


nicely done
two o'clock sirens has made me a believer in Sweet Japonic. They have put together another album that blends captivating melodies with meaningful lyrics, a feat not easily done. I am looking forward to the next album.