Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor want to psych you out
Livonia band’s new disc, Spectra Spirit, set for Friday release
Published: November 9, 2011
Spectra Spirit essentially continues where the first one ends. But, the mood's considerably darker and the atmosphere is more anxious, even murky. "We just locked ourselves in that house for six days straight and we just did it 24/7," Morrow says. "There's a lot of tension on it."
This new dark thing hangs throughout the album. "Black Mind" — with its effects-riddled guitar and thick organ drones — would soundtrack the post-apocalypse quite nicely, thank you very much.
"There are a lot of bands that make people want to crack open a beer and party and dance — and that's cool," Morrow says. "That's their mood. There is that beautiful side to life. I'm a cheery person. We're all cheery people. Then, there's the other side to life. Like what the fuck is going on in the world right now, especially what's going on in the city and state right now and how people are really feeling. It all ties in to how we write."
Psychedelic albums are supposed to be a bit exploratory and drug fueled by default — you know, the sound of exploring your senses in the deepest possible way — but, in places, Spectra Spirit just reeks of it. "We got a little bit more fucked-up when we wrote this record," Sawoscinski laughs with undetectable irony.
The guys have a love-hate relationship with Detroit. Who doesn't? Until about a year ago they'd draw bigger crowds when they'd play Cleveland and New York. The trend has shifted and now a typical Sisters show can get mighty packed very easily.
And since they do nearly everything themselves, they can measure success or failure on their own terms. "There's no money left in music," Morrow says. "But, if someone said that they'd pay me $10 an hour to play music for the rest of my life, I'd fucking do it in a heartbeat. I think we're embarking on an age of music that is going to be on the cusp of being revolutionary, like the Doors and Stones or any of that '60s stuff. Music has been so inundated and so saturated that the world is begging for something raw."
Oppitz, Sawoscinski and Morrow (from l.) reenact the H.R. Pufnstuff episode "The Box Kite Kaper."
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