Sisters are a show not to be missed. Andrew and Emily hop around the stage and casually swap instruments as they speed through their set. Last Friday at Neumos, they added the Seattle Rock Orchestra string quintet and their music swelled to new heights all the while remaining ever quirky and inviting. I talked with our Log Lady half of Sisters about rabid squirrels, tame hippopotamuses, and that other thing, music.
Looking back for a second, what was one of your favorite things about 2014?
2014 was Sisters’ year–I mean, we didn’t even talk about being in a band until February, so that’s how new it is. We were born and raised in 2014.
Did you expect it to go as far as it did?
I think what was cool is that Andrew and I are just actual friends and we live really close to each other, so there were no stakes at all. It was just kind of like “well, this is cool, this is fun, let’s just see what happens.” so there weren’t too many expectations, which can kind of be scary and make it less fun if you don’t meet them.
The answer is no, certainly not, no.
You started playing festivals pretty fast.
We did Capitol Hill Block Party in the summer–and that kind of stuff just came out of nowhere, seemingly, because we hadn’t even existed for more than a few months, and then it was like “Block Party is asking us to play!” Every time anything like that would happen throughout the year we would just look at each other like “well, there’s that! great!” It’s seemed so crazy, all that stuff. We just played Timbrr!, which was super fun, and super cool. and cold.
Now that you’ve had almost a year as a band, what are you looking forward to in 2015?
I think now we sort of know what we bring to the table, at this point. We’re doing a residency in San Francisco called Zoolabs, in April, that teaches you other ways to think about how you want to present yourself, and almost as a business venture and all these different aspects of being a band that we don’t necessarily think about already, so I’m really curious to see what we get out of that, and our direction and trajectory after that. Certainly we’re going to put out a full length this year, and that’ll be a big deal!
There’s that disease that makes people age really quickly, there was that Robin Williams movie about it, where little kids turn into old people really fast, their bodies just age rapidly, I feel a little bit like that about Sisters.
Are you saying you’re actually five? (confession: I have never heard of Robin Williams’ movie Jack).
No, just all of our milestones are happening really fast, for what typically happens in a band.
What do you think has made your project so successful–Is it the aging disease?
I think Andrew and I are pretty playful, compared to a lot of band-scene-type people. We take our music seriously, but we’re pretty silly and welcoming, we want to be everybody’s friend, and it’s genuine. I think it comes across, so people do feel really welcomed to our shows, even just the music–our EP starts with us laughing and being silly, I think it’s a character that does well for us. But then we can back it up with pretty serious musical chops, and that kind of stuff. So there’s playfulness and people respect us also, so I think that’s kind of a nice juxtaposition, and probably because we’re so fashionable as well. Obviously.
People aren’t really making music like we are, that I hear. I think our songs are pretty fresh–they’re like a lot of different things, but not quite like any one thing that people can put their finger on. like whenever I hear a band–we just played with Deep Sea Diver when we went to Timbrr!, and I just hadn’t heard songs like that, so I freaked out. I think anything new is always desirable. Deep Sea is solid gold.