Detroit-based trio Sidewatcher is a sweetheart with a switchblade. It's the teenage girl who was ditched at prom and now has blood in her eyes. Mixed with waves of garage surf, Sidewatcher's songs have a barbie punk/prom rock vibe that take you on a trip through sick love and manipulative alien boyfriends.

Sidewatcher was officially formed in December 2014 by the sibling duo of Zoë Kissel (guitar/vocals) and Dylan Kissel (bass/vocals), finally giving the longtime collaboration a name. In October 2015, Zoë and Dylan were joined by AJ Picciuto on drums/keyboards. Sidewatcher began as a psychedelic studio project but quickly evolved into a punkie live performance band. It's a continuous art project for the trio, serving as an outlet for their musical works and other creative projects. Sidewatcher is extremely DIY driven, focusing the band's energy on creating their own artistic world.

As Sidewatcher evolves, so does their sound. The trio is currently in Broken Jaw Studios recording a full-length album, set to be released early-Summer 2018.



If your senior prom had morphed into a punk rock show, Sidewatcher would be the band tearing up the stage. Or, if you missed prom, this feral trio would provide the soundtrack to your night of plotting revenge for being jilted. They’re a band of punkish, surf rock dichotomies — sweet and bitter, charming and dangerous, seductive and snotty. They’re a hot rod that takes corners on two wheels and barbed wire wrapped around sugar cane.
— Cole Waterman, Hell's Half Mile Film & Music Festival
100 Awesome Independent Album and EP Releases You Probably Missed in 2017... 31. Drive - Sidewatcher - Detroit, Michigan, USA.
— Adam Marx, Adam Marx's Mind
We bring to you yet again another talented group from Play Yah Records. We’ve talked before on the site about the need for female fronted bands and with Zoë Kissel singing and playing guitar, Sidewatcher is a perfect example. Luckily for us, September 7th Sidewatcher is releasing their debut album titled “Drive”. Every track on the album packs a punch of a punk rock guitar and powerful and raw attitude filled vocals.
— Autumn McDonald, Pure Nowhere Magazine
The talented trio Sidewatcher have just released a new album via Play-Yah Records. It’s a high-energy punk/rock album, with rock and roll riffs and catchy melodies. It’s full of punk attitude and has an overall sunny and uplifting sound. Another great offering from this band.
— Maria Savva, Real Rock and Roll
“Rock-garage surf-punk es el sonido que define a esta banda de Detroit, Michigan llamada Sidewatcher, su bio dice que se formaron en 2014 pero fue hasta el año siguiente que empezaron a lanzar en forma trabajos de estudio como EP’s, compilados y singles que pueden escuchar desde su Bandcamp, pero es hasta este 2016 que vía Play Yah Records han editado su primer largo titulado “Drive“, disco en el cual viene incluida “Alien Love Affair” para la cual están estrenando video y que pueden disfrutar abajo junto al disco.”
— StageTV
The band’s excellent debut EP was released last year. This year, Sidewatcher has a new and exciting project: Otra Vez
— Maria Savva, Real Rock and Roll
New Music: Sidewatcher - Fans of alternative/punk rock will love it!
— UK Arts Directory
The Hit List: 20 Demos, Albums and EP’s You Need to Hear Right Now... 11. Otra Vez I & II - Sidewatcher - 2016
— Adam Marx, Adam Marx's Mind