About Sirens Sister
From Seattle Washington. 4 friends who want to make beautiful and romantic music for everyone to fall in love to.
As far as band mission statements go, what could be easier, right?
Sirens Sister, who actually are four friends and vets of the Seattle music scene, have fulfilled their rather grandiose promise. The bands debut album, Echoes from the Ocean Floor, is at once loud, dynamic, bold and yet, also incredibly intimate and romantic. Only a few bands come to mind who have pulled off this kind of dichotomy: the Smashing Pumpkins, The Cure, U2
Yeah, U2, theyve always been a major influence on me, says Zach Davidson, the lead singer of Sirens Sister (Davidson also insists that A-ha, Siouxise and the Banshees and Roy Orbison are as equally influential to him, but well let that go for now). Actually, I think I started this with the idea that music today isnt really positive or romantic, and there are no musicians writing actual poetry. I just hear a lot of negativity and clever one-liners.
Enter Davidson and his bandmates, who actually have all worked together in other Seattle bands, some big, some small. Though Sirens Sister only formed late last year, the group quickly made a name around the Pacific Northwest, thanks to a raucous live show and an increasingly popular Myspace page. By the time the band was ready to record this year, they had stockpiled more than a dozen songs and they ripped through the recording session in less than four weeks. Thankfully, most of us can play really well, laughs Davidson.
You can hear it on the record: the band may be living life on an indie label and a tight schedule, but their music sounds positively gigantic. And it flows in different directions, from the vibrant first single Hold On to the epic piano ballad (So Long) to Davidsons favorite, a self-described Tex-Mex ranchero, Calexico-meets-Chris Issak type track entitled Youre So Cruel. Add in some big guitar rock, a few swooping keyboards and Davidsons vocal delivery (think Bono, Muse, Roger Daltrey) and youve got an underground record that feels contemporary, classic and electrifying. While recording went quickly, it wasnt necessarily easy. For example, the two gorgeous piano tracks on the album acted as a litmus test for the singer. I had to teach myself how to play, he admits, laughing. I spent hours and hours and hours on it. Id play those songs twenty times in a row with the band, just to get it right. And, admittedly, theyre pretty easy songs, too.
The band has already shot a video for Hold On, and after playing the monstrous Bumbershoot Festival in September, plan to head out on the road in the fall. While the band isnt expecting world domination (Ive always done our merch, and Im our booking agent, says Zach), they do think theyve already accomplished several of their musical goals.
I tried to make this record really candid, and nurture a positive side to my music, says Davidson. Its love songs. Before, everything I wrote was from a poison pen. He pauses. But these songs arent necessarily candy. Theres some break-up stuff, some gloom, metaphysical reflections of dreams. But overall, theres a lot of underlying positivity and romance there.
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