REVIEWS AND PRESS
"Full of vitality and color is the funky psychedelic rock stylings of the Sidleys 'The Love You Make'. Passionate to its very core the way the songs unfold gives them a majestic tenor. Vocals lead the way and dominate the rest of the proceedings. Everything simply works and the multiple layers collide in a glorious display. Melodies are infectious and the grooves so inviting. Instrumentally rich the songs are a virtual kaleidoscope of textures as the Sidleys rush through them with the utmost of joy." - Skope Magazine https://skopemag.com/2017/06/02/the-sidleys-the-love-you-make
"The two already accomplished DC-area musicians could have kept going the way they were going, doing well-received solo projects on their own and collaborating on each other’s records, all while using various musicians they know to fill in the gaps. A soulmate duo plugging away to see if they can find that elusive golden road forward in an ever-challenging business.
Sure, they could have chose to stay that course, keep it just the two of them.
But why do that, when you have three talented, energetic musicians you can add into the mix hanging out right in your own home.
Welcome to the band, Sean (21), Colin (19) and Ian (18) Sidley." - Steve Houk, Washington Life Magazine
"The group cites a wide variety of influences spanning several generations, and the listener can sense both musical kinship and a depth of artistic maturity in the songs, especially on new album The Love You Make, which was released earlier this year. Blending a vintage feel with modern energy, The Sidleys create a timeless, soulful sound that is simultaneously easy on the ears and relentlessly hooky." Squatchful http://www.squatchful.com/featured-artist-sidleys/
"Oh my goodness, you never heard of the “The Sidleys’? They must be the coolest band on earth right now!...Forever and ever! The Sidleys, the coolest live band in the entire galaxy!" YIKIS online magazine
“If The Sidleys as a group prove one thing, it’s that inspiration can come from the damned of places. The husband and wife team began as lifelong friends, transitioned to partners, then parents. Then they split. Though they continued to work together within their musical career, they would leave to separate residences. Finally, they decided to put their “selves” aside and the couple reunited. The result is a 13-track album that tells their tale, appropriately named Bittersweet.”
Christopher West - Scope Magazine
“The 'Intimate' nature of clubs and small venues come across in the production of these tracks and most likely are a result of reproducing the sound they get in those venues. The result is a very 'In your room' production, almost as if your in the control room with the band as they play...The song 'Bittersweet' is a funk/R&B/Pop un-complicated song, catchy, well performed and produced...They are producing finely-crafted songs that should appeal to many people. I could see some of these songs being taken up by producers...I think they should just keep doing what they are doing, because that can be far more rewarding and real. The album 'Bittersweet' is well worth a butchers at."”
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“With the release of “Bittersweet,” The Sidley’s offer up a no-holds-barred look into a crumbling relationship that is striving to find understanding, so that it can be rebuilt on more solid ground. The narrative is set to a rock influenced pop backdrop, filled with smart arrangements, excellent musicianship, and painfully honest lyrics.”
Scott Paddock - Mobtown Music Guide
"A veteran "DC Diva" with a knock-out voice, Annie Sidley performs original, soulful pop shot through with old-school R&B rhythms. Her husband Steve is her co-writer and co-producer, a multi-instrumentalist...some years in the making, The Sidleys have a new CD out, Bittersweet..."
“IT DOESN'T take long for singer Annie Sidley to deliver the goods on her new CD, "Diamond in the Sand." Stirring vocals rooted in soul and gospel power the opening track, "Keepin' It Strong," with its themes of unity and affirmation, and spill over into the rest of the album, charging it with strong emotional and spiritual currents. "I'm holding onto faith," a line from the album's title song, pretty much sums up the prevailing mood.Even so, Sidley often turns in her most affecting performances when she appears to be holding on for dear life. That's certainly the case on the back-to-back tracks "What Are We Fighting 4?" and "Bitter River." The latter, a mournfully yearning piano ballad, quietly stands out, displaying both the power and beauty of Sidley's voice. Other cuts, including the hypnotic coda "Marrakesh," reveal cross-cultural influences, but because Sidley's strong R&B ties are always evident, she seldom sounds as if she's drifting too far from shore.”
Mike Joyce - The Washington Post