Meeting with the groups Issy Berry of Las Vegas Amarionette and HighScore

Who: Even if they don’t know him by name, local music fans might recognize Spencer “Issy” Berry by his bands. Since 2018, the singer has led the funky prog-rock quartet Marionette, which has earned comparisons to Coheed and Cambria. The 12-year-old Vegas band toured with national names like former Dance Gavin Dance frontman Kurt Travis. But with the addition of Berry, who has a vocal range like The Weeknd’s, he’s set to expand in new directions. In 2020, Berry also founded 80s-tinged dance pop duo HighScore, with guitarist Christian Hill. The 32-year-old singer, who grew up performing 90s pop songs with his siblings under the guidance of their musician father, is tapping into a reservoir of muses including Prince and Michael Jackson.

Balance : Sharing time between groups rewards a creative like Berry. “It satisfies all my musical tastes,” he says. “Singing for Amarionette, I can use a wider range of my voice and really show the parts that I couldn’t do in some of the HighScore songs. But also in HighScore, I can be a lot softer and bring out a little bit. plus the R&B side. The Las Vegan produces most of HighScore’s music, but with Amarionette, Berry and guitarist Nick Raya co-write lyrics and the band contributes instrumentals. Berry says he plays with fictional narration in his music whenever possible.” Growing up, I always wanted to be a screenwriter,” he says. “So I think it comes from that imaginative spirit and wanting to create something for people to be wowed by. “

Coming: HighScore has just released a new single, “Sugar Tips,” which Berry says he wrote in his bedroom the night he returned home after a week in hospital with COVID and pneumonia. An EP containing the song will arrive in September. Meanwhile, the full release of Marionette is slated for fall. The band will also embark on a small tour and share a bill with artists such as Rae Sremmurd, Sum 41 and The Ghost Inside at So What?! Music Festival in Arlington, Texas, May 27-29.

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The weekend Dawn FM the album is pretty dope. I always stay with Michael Jackson, of course. It is a daily listening. There’s this band called The Midnight, they’re really good. They are synthwaves. I also just joined this band called Nightly. They’re similar to The Midnight and that synthwave vibe, which we’re going to include on a few HighScore songs. And [An Evening With Silk Sonic] is probably my favorite collaboration and album since its release.


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