7 Questions

7 Questions with Jamie of Sister

by Ryan Meehan

The sleaze/punk influenced metal outfit known as Sister, who hail from Stockholm/Jönkoping Sweden, formed in early 2006 working hard to build up a name as a strong act both live and in the studio. Sister consists of four members who combine the sounds of punk, glam, rock, and metal with an end result sounding something like the bastard child of GG Allin and Guns N’ Roses.  During 2006 and 2007, Sister played all over Sweden and also travelled abroad often. In 2008, Sister toured across Europe, including gigs in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Holland, Denmark and Norway. Enter 2009 Sister released the EP Deadboys Making Noise and a video for the track Too Bad for You, which garnered great reviews from critics and fans alike while also catching the attention of Primordial’s Alan Averill ‘Nemtheanga’. Alan, having recently signed on to assist with A&R at Metal Blade Records, brought Sister to the label’s attention in 2010 helping to secure the band a worldwide record deal.  Sister’s first full-length album Hated was released in June 2011. The album was recorded by Martin Sweet and mixed by Tobias Lindell (Hardcore Superstar, Crashdiet, Europe) and got critical acclaim all over the world.  Since then the band has toured with U.D.O., Hardcore Superstar, Wednesday 13 (from Murderdolls), Crashdiet and Fozzy. They have played at festivals like Sonisphere Spain in 2012, were they opened the big stage, and Bang Your Head festival 2012 in Germany.

From the album Hated, SISTER has released three music videos: Bullshit & Backstabbing, The Unlucky Minority, and Spit on Me.  In the autumn of 2013 Sister recorded the follow-up to Hated together with Martin Sweet and Linus Nirbrant. The single Sick has been released on a limited edition color vinyl in October 2013 together with a video shortly before their second tour with Wednesday 13 in Europe started. The new album “Disguised Vultures” really shows what the band is all about with their heavy, raw sound and attitude.  Lead vocalist Jamie is our guest today in 7 questions.

RM:  Which artists were you drawn to when you were younger?  Was there any one album in particular that just really knocked you on your ass and demonstrated the power and attitude that you display in Sister?

J: I grew up with classic bands like Twisted Sister, Kiss, Mötley Crüe. I remember that I made mixtapes with these bands and played them in school every day trying to convince the other kids that my music was the real shit, not that easy when you are around 13 years old surrounded by disco kids.  My biggest influence is definitely Twisted Sister! Dee Snider has everything a front man should have and I think that “Stay Hungry” is one of the best albums ever made. Kiss, Crüe and TS have very strong images, songs and a hell of a stage show and I think that reflects on Sister as a band.

RM:  How do black metal fans in Sweden respond to your music, stage show, and overall image in general?  With so many different elements to your band, do you really fit into any particular group of artists or do you pretty much just do your own thing?

J: I don’t care what people think about us or what other bands say, we just play the music we want and do our own thing you know. I’m an omnivore when it comes to music. In my album collection you will find everything from Janis Joplin to Dissection. In Sister we just combine everything we like, some call us black metal and some call us glam rock so it’s pretty hard to put us in a specific genre I think.

RM:  Your bio says that you guys combine the sounds of punk, glam, rock, and metal…So which aspect of each of those styles of music is most appealing to you and how do you apply those aspects to Sister?

J: I like the energy and the “don’t give a damn” attitude in punk as much I like evilness in heavier music. If I would try to describe us as a band I would say that we are some kind of a darker version of metal/sleaze with punk attitude, both live and on our records.

RM:  Have you guys run into any problems with religious groups or otherwise due to your logo?  How would you best describe your view of spirituality?

J: No, not really. I’m an atheist so I don’t believe in God, Satan, Santa Claus or whatever, but I do like to read about darker stuff and I’m a fan of horror movies.

RM:  What’s the story behind the song “The Unlucky Minority”?  Are most of your lyrics about things that have happened to you in your own life or things that you have witnessed happening in the lives of others?

J: I can’t really answer this question because our former guitar player Lestat wrote that song.  What I can tell you is that I think that ”The Unlucky Minority” is one of the best tunes on the HATED album and it’s one of the funniest songs to play live!

RM:  What is the biggest difference between the material on the new record “Disguised Vultures” as opposed to “Hated”, which came out two and a half years ago?  How has the band changed in the time since the last album came out?

J: A lot of sad and good things happened since Hated came out! Lestat quit the band one and a half year ago and our manager Michael Sundén died in tragic accident last April so these are the reasons why it took 2 and a half years between the albums. I’ve known our new guitar player Tim since he was around 13 years old so it was without doubt we brought him in to Sister. He’s excellent to work with in progress of make music. He has been writing most of the music (except some songs) and me and Cari wrote all the lyrics on the new album Disguised vultures. Lestat wrote Hated much by himself but nowadays we write the music more like a team and I think that’s easier to get along that way.

RM:  As far as the production of the record, once again you worked with Martin Sweet but this time you are also working with Linus Nirbrant.  What methods did Martin carry over from “Hated” that he was able to apply to completing this album, and what did he do differently this time?  And what did Linus bring to the table when it came to production tips and tricks?

J: We’ve been knowing Martin for a really long time and I think that he’s been involved in all our recordings except from our first demo which came out in early ’06. We wanted this new album to sound real and alive so we decided to record it live in the studio. I think we recorded the whole musical part in four or five days. This time we focused more on the vocals than we did the last time and I’m really satisfied with the result. Martin knows what we want and he’s a really good helper when we for some reason get stuck. The recording took place in Linus, home studio in his basement in Stockholm. Martin produced the record and both Linus and Martin stood for the master and the mix of the album.

RM:  What’s up next for Sister in the year 2014?  Anything big in the works that we should be looking for?

J: To be on tour as much as possible and try to get some nice festivals this summer. We already have some gigs in Finland and one in Norway booked! You will definitely not miss us on the road this year!

Official Artist Page at Metal Blade:  http://www.metalblade.com/us/artists/sister/

Sister on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sisterband

Sister on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/sister_

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