In Conversation with…SISTERS

Self-professed dream grunge three piece Sisters are killing it right now, with their live shows and their début single, Hush Hush, which is out tomorrow (02/12/13), the song was previously named as the ‘Song of the Week’ on Bitter Sweet Symphonies. They are seriously one of my favourite bands to come out of 2013 and 2014 is set to be their breakout year.

I caught up with Niall Burns, guitarist and vocalist in the band, to talk about everything from why 2013 has been such a good year for this band and what’s next for the band in 2014. Read on for more insight into this Irish three piece.

Firstly, I’d like to say thanks for this interview. What’s one thing that we should all know about Sisters that we might not know about you now? 

That we have all been best friends for years and years. Despite coming from the same place and playing music separately it never crossed our minds to play together, it was just kind of a happy accident that we all moved to London at different times and started playing together because we had no friends and nothing else to do! 

We are all actually sisters as well but no one believes us.

Describe Sisters in three words or less.

Total mega sissies.

Or as a promoter once put on a poster “three Irish lads”, which Aoife was really happy with.

What’s the story behind your band name and how long did it take you to settle on it?

Myself (Niall) and Andrew were playing for a couple of months together before Aoife moved over and we decided to call ourselves Sleepers after a book that I like. But we thought that further down the line (when we’re super famous) it might cause a problem because of that 90’s band Sleeper. I guess we liked how it sounded so we changed a few letters and it became Sisters. 

You’ve just come off a big UK tour supporting Big Deal, how did the tour go and how was that experience, was there any place that stood out in particular?

Yeah it was great. We first saw Big Deal less than a year ago at a gig they did at the 100 Club and we were blown away by their new sound as a 4 piece. So to tour with them just a few months down the line was really exciting. The tour itself was loads of fun, travelling around and playing to new crowds and meeting new people. Nottingham was cool, the venue was great and we ended up doing karaoke with Har Mar Superstar afterwards, who, I might add, is nothing less than a superstar. Fact.

Did you get to spend any time with Big Deal and did they give you any advice?

Yeah we spent a lot of time with them! We became friends with the guys after supporting them at their album launch in London in July so it was just like a big group of friends heading around the country to play music together. We learned a lot from them, the biggest thing being that Alice is freakishly good at bowling.

Can we be expecting a UK headline tour to happen in 2014 for Sisters?

Yes, we will be doing a headline tour in 2014 but we’re not entirely sure when. You would have to ask our booking agent, Mr. Tayto.

What’s a show for Sisters normally like?

We don’t really have a set thing for our live shows, it would be weird to have a plan. We mess the set up a bit depending how we’re feeling but we always give it everything, Andrew usually shakes his head a lot playing the drums.

Your upcoming single, Hush Hush, will be released through Just Off Pop Records. How did that partnership come about?

Jed from Just Off Pop contacted us saying he really wanted to release something for us and we really liked the idea of doing it with a new label. We’re all starting out together which is nice.

It’s been quite a crazy year for Sisters, being just about to put your first single and gaining lots of positive feedback from that, playing loads of gigs around country, playing a show with Wolf Alice and lots, lots more. What’s been your highlight of 2013 so far?

It’s hard to pick one single highlight, it’s also weird to look back at all the things we’ve done this year because we just did it all without thinking. We’re babies as a band and this was our first full year together. Playing the Great Escape in May was lots of fun, we had a 12.30 pm slot and expected the place to be completely empty but ended up playing to pretty much a full house who were there to see us. That and recording Hush Hush in Metropolis studios with AlAlAl, touring with one of our favourite bands (Big Deal), and in general just seeing the band grow beyond just playing to our friends. It’s been weird and great and exciting.

We’re big supporters of new music here at Bitter Sweet Symphonies. Having said that, are there any new artists that have caught your attention recently that you’d like to share with us?

There’s loads of really, really great Irish bands at the moment, like We Cut Corners, Funeral Suits and Slow Riot. There’s so many bands around at the moment though so it’s hard to keep up to be honest, we’re pretty enclosed in our own little sisters world. I have been pretty obsessed with a guy called John Murry lately though, he’s not really new although his debut album The Graceless Age just came out this year and it’s one of the best things I’ve heard for absolutely ages.

What’s next for Sisters?

We have another single coming early next year and hopefully a tour in the Spring. But we’re not very good at making plans, we leave that to other people to worry about! At the start of 2013 we had no idea what was going to happen with the band and all these things I’ve mentioned just happened themselves. We never want for this band to be serious and to worry about what will happen next. We’re too busy having fun with it.


A special thanks to Sisters for this interview and for more info on the band, check out the following links below.

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Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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