Their name is a combination of English and Arabic words, and their influences range from rock to R&B, making Sweet HayaH a uniquely American band.
The San Jose, Calif.-based group will be making their first trip to the Lowcountry this week with several different stops planned. Nov. 6, they'll be on River Street, on Nov. 7, you can find them on Tybee Island, and Nov. 8, they will be rocking the runners at this year's annual Rock 'n' Roll Savannah Marathon.
Helmed by the soulful vocals of Egyptian-born Nehal Abuelata, Sweet HayaH (Sweet Life) has a varied background of musical and cultural influences that wash out as a multicultural spin on traditional American rock music.
"We all listen to very different music," Abuelata said. "We have polar opposite taste. We show each other what we like about different stuff, and then take what we like about each other's music.
"It ended up coming through big time in our music. We have influences of soul, and rock, and blues, and reggae, and ska, and metal, because those are all different kinds of music we listened to growing up. I think our influences and taste reflect that in our creative process."
Abeulata and company have coined their own term for it.
"We call it rocking soul," Abeulata said. "The instrumentation of the band is very much a rock 'n' roll basis. Vocally, as a singer I have a lot of classic R&B influence and old soul classics. I think that's kind of a mixture of things. That's why we call it rocking soul. It's not a straight up rock 'n' roll and it's definitely not just soul music."
Sweet HayaH released their first full-length album, the 12-track "Sweet Awakening" in July of last year.
They've also released an acoustic album and an EP, giving them enough material to fill a three-hour set with all original tunes. They tend to stay away from doing covers, but might toss one in every now and again.
This winter, the band plans on hitting the studio for a second full-length album. As they prepare the music, some of the newer songs might find their way into a setlist during one of their five shows on this abbreviated East Coast tour.
"The direction of the album that we're going to start working on this winter is a little bit more upbeat and danceable," Abeulata said. "Definitely a high-energy album. There's a good amount of brand-new songs from the next album that we've just been rocking (in the live sets)."