Jesse Sykes is a Seattle-based singer-songwriter. Her backing band is The Sweet Hereafter, which features Phil Wandscher (late of Whiskeytown) on guitar.
In 2002 they christened their "collective" Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter.
Jesse Sykes belonged to another band, Hominy, along with her former husband Jim Sykes, who played guitar. The band released a self-titled album in 1998 on the Ivy label. Other members of The Sweet Hereafter include Anne Marie Ruljancich (also of the Walkabouts), Bill Herzog on bass, Kevin Warner on drums (for the first two albums) and currently Eric Eagle on drums. Most recently Jesse contributed vocals and co-wrote the song "The Sinking Belle (Blue Sheep)" from the Sunn O))) & Boris collaboration album Altar. Bill Herzog, Phil Wandescher also contributed to Altar.
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