Not too many bands in the local area sound like this anymore — bands that capture the sound of the long gone ‘80s. This band played their first show in 2008 and gained notoriety with their high-energy, sonic assault, punk-type sound. They went through a few lineup changes and eventually released their self-titled debut album in 2011. I must say, I’m quite impressed, having never heard these guys before.
The CD begins with what sounds like a very familiar voice, a mix between Patti Smith and Ian McCoulloch. “Blind Monk” is an interesting blend of sound, nodding at older stuff from Echo and The Bunnymen, and with a bit of the Cure thrown in. The guitar and vocals are infectious, and the drummer is on point; a good, strong start. The next song switches gears, reminding me of the Siouxsie and the Banshees song, “Candy,” or some of the dark melodic songs on Kaleidoscope, a great CD in my opinion. In terms of sound and melody, the band is all over the spectrum: punk, post punk, some alternative, and a solid indie sound. The next songs hint at early Joan Jett and the Runaways’ sounds. “End of Summer” sounds like a mix between the Cure and Siouxsie. This is one of my favorites on the album. The lead singer, Claudia Neuman, even reminds me of Siouxsie Sioux a bit. This CD brings a pretty eclectic mix, even with a dash of the Clash and R.E.M. thrown in. You can feel the emotion in the beautiful piano work and Claudia’s vocals. This wide range of influences makes for a well-rounded debut release. I look forward to whatever’s next from Sister Ex!
Songs to consider Blind Monk, End of Summer, Die Today, Candy
Influences: The Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, Patti Smith, Siouxsie and the Banshees, R.E.M.