A bond between two sisters is something you can’t easily recreate. As I shared in my sister’s wedding toast, a sister is your first friend, (maybe not by choice) but as you work out the kinks, that relationship might just be the strongest, seamless one you’ll ever conceive. But can two hormone- charged teenage siblings cohesively work together on the road? When Lily & Madeline Jurkiewicz began playing music together, they never imagined they could turn it into a successful career. After receiving extensive hype from a cover song they posted on Youtube, and a loose rendition of a single from their first album landed on the front page of Reddit, their dream soon felt within arms reach of reality. Now on their second LP and a worldwide tour, Lily & Madeline are finding themselves far from their Indianapolis stomping grounds.
I try to remain unbiased, but I’m always fairly skeptical of tween artists. I understand it’s catchy, but I’m not All About That Bass, and I growl and hiss at the radio when those feral Wrong Direction songs come on. Lily & Madeline have really restored my faith in their generation, and their latest album Fumes is the perfect adaptation of leaving your sweet adolescence behind, and diving head on into the sometimes dark and dreary corners of adulthood. Lily 17, and Madeline 19 have crafted a compelling harmony that is both innocent and folky yet powerful and relatable. They are so in tune with one another, that within one song you can clearly depict both artists’ vocal strengths, while being caressed in their harmony.
Check out what these powerhouse young ladies had to say about their upcoming tour, and show in Seattle.
You’ve set the bar high with the goal of releasing an album a year for three consecutive years – why the urgency?
Madeline: It’s more like an ambition.
Lily: Making music is fun! As soon as we release an album, I’m ready to make another.
Sibling rivalry can be fierce; especially between young sisters. Has there ever been a sense of competitiveness between the two of you?
M: We don’t ever compete. I actually don’t like competition at all. Lily and I are very different people, and we fill a specific role in the group, so we don’t feel like we need to beat each other in any way.
L: We have to agree, or we can’t really get anything done. I have so many ideas and emotions that I need to express though, so I hope Madeline won’t have a problem with that.
Tell me about the inspiration behind your latest album Fumes.
M: Fumes is our second full length album, and with it we wanted to change our sound a bit, and experiment with different things in the studio.
This is often a dream and not a reality for many artists entering the entertainment arena. Any advice you’d like to share with aspiring artists?
M: I want other girls to realize there are many ways to break into the music industry, other than being a performer, like a booking agent, venue promoter, manager, co-writer, anything! People often think you have to “make it” and that if you’re not a radio star you’re nothing, but thats far from true. It takes time and effort to reach audiences, and creativity is the most important factor.
L: The most important thing about music is that it is a tool for expression. What the world needs is more women expressing themselves, throughout all occupations but I think especially in the arts.
Why should we be excited for your performance at the Triple Door?
M: We’ve only been to Seattle once, and we’re excited to return and play some new songs from Fumes.
L: We’re touring with a drummer for the first time, so the show will be really fun!