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Sons of Sylvia to rock Verizon with Underwood Saturday
Submitted by Staff on November 3, 2010 – 9:14 am0 Comments.
By Alexandra Pecci

Are there any unspoken things about being in a band with your brothers?

“Like whose turn is it to buy dinner?” jokes Austin Clark. Clark and his two brothers, Ashley and Adam, make up the band Sons of Sylvia, which is playing this weekend with Carrie Underwood at Manchester’s Verizon Wireless Arena.

The rock-country trio, whose influences range from Elvis to Led Zeppelin to Merle Haggard, has had a whirlwind couple of years. Their previous incarnation, The Clark Brothers, beat out 10,000 contestants to win Fox’s Next Great American Band in late 2007 before reforming as Sons of Sylvia.

Their first record, Revelation, debuted at No. 33 on the Billboard top 200 album chart and No. 9 on Billboard’s rock chart when it was released in April.

Now, they’re touring with Carrie Underwood, playing to packed crowds and marveling at the whole experience.

“I still wake up and think, ‘How the heck did we get here?’” says Austin Clark.

“You go from winning a TV show to making a record, being on Carrie’s record, playing in front of 15,000 people every night on her tour. It’s amazing.”

The experience of being a rock star is something that Clark says is better than he ever expected.

“It’s bigger, it’s faster, it’s more exciting. It’s a wild ride,” he said.
Clark says their shows with Underwood are fast-paced and fun.

“When we play it’s a lot of high energy, it’s exciting, and we just give it all we’ve got every single nigh,” he said. “We’re just drenched and half-crazy by the time we get off that stage.”

Plus, he says audiences — young and old — love Underwood and her performances. He himself calls working with her “a dream come true.”

“It’s so well rounded; there’s something in it for everyone,” he says. “Her songs are amazing, and everyone can connect to the songs in some way. They’re awesome.”

Although Sons of Sylvia isn’t formally working on a new album, the brothers are always creating together.

“At the drop of a hat one of us could just get an idea in our head and we’d run with it. The other day we were just doing sound check and we just started jamming on something and it was really cool. Now we’re kind of morphing that into a song,” Clark says.

The band is touring with Underwood until Christmas.

“After that I have no idea what we’re doing,” Clark says. “Hopefully taking a nap.”

Until then, the brothers will continue to play their hearts out.

“Every night we just try to express how excited we are about the music to the crowd,” Clark says. “It’s exciting to see for sure. I think it’s a lot of fun.”