Brian Howe AKA SIKES is an Alternative/Hip-Hop artist & producer from Pittsburgh, PA who is known locally for his work in various musical projects and other artistic endeavors. His backing band, THE NEW VIOLENCE is a diverse group of talent curated by SIKES himself to help bring his electronic compositions and ideas to life through live instrumentations. Together, SIKES AND THE NEW VIOLENCE have crafted a sound that is accessible yet difficult to define by blending unique elements from a wide variety of genres and cultures. With a well respected reputation for his creativity, relentless live performances and D.I.Y. work ethic, SIKES continues to play by his own rules, takes the road less traveled and never follows in the footsteps of anyone but himself.
Since 2007 Sikes has recorded, self-produced and self-released 5 full length albums and 1 EP as well as playing a respectable number of live shows in between commitments to his other music projects. 2012 saw a complete restructuring of Sikes with the addition of a 4 piece backing band for live performances and the band made their official studio debut with Sikes on his 2012 album "Self Portraits & Self Destruction".
In 2015 the backing band adapted the name of "The New Violence" and together, SIkes and The New Violence have just released a new album titled "I've Seen Better" that is available both physically on Vinyl, Cassette & CD as well as digitally through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Bandcamp and most other major digital streaming services.
Sikes is currently playing shows in support and of "I've Seen Better" as well as working on several new projects for 2016.