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Indiana-based solo act Former Ruins (Levi Dylan Sikes) has gained a reputation for hear-a-pin-drop live performances that have drawn comparisons to Julien Baker, Conor Oberst, and Johnny Cash in his world-weary, late-in-life iteration.
With arrangements punctured by atmospheric guitarwork and lyrical directness, Levi carves deep angles into the familiar singer-songwriter genre and blurs the lines between 80s post-punk and salt-of-the-earth balladry, inviting listeners into a world of doubt, desire, and wonder. Levi's debut single "Cars of Our Youth" released in July 2019 on his homespun label Slow Embrace Records. A followup single, "Chaplain," is slated for fall 2019.
Based out of Muncie, IN, Former Ruins is active in the local scene and seeks opportunities to support regional acts with a distinctive brand of post-cynical folk rock.
"...murmuring vocals lend a captivating feel, reminiscent of Matt Berninger’s signature baritone. The accompanying guitar work exudes a hypnotic, highway-bound...meshing of garage-rock with Springsteen-friendly comparisons. A very convincing aesthetic." - Obscure Sound [link]
Career highlights: Opened for John Lodge of the Moody Blues at The Queen in Wilmington, DE (November 2017); featured local performer at David Bromberg's Big Noise Festival (June 2018); Fourth Tuesday Showcase featured songwriter at Square Cat Vinyl in Indianapolis (May 2019)
Keywords: Lyrical, atmospheric, folk rock, independent artist, guitar-driven, original songwriter