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Vocalist Jamie And Guitarist Lestat Of Sister Talk New Album "Hated"

Sweden's Sister is a group that produces sleaze punk influenced metal, and the four member group of Jamie, Lestat, Rikki, and Cari have now released the new album "Hated," which was mixed by Tobias Lindell. Metalunderground.com caught up with Jamie (vocals) and Lestat (guitar) to talk more about the band and the new release.

Valerie: Tell me about how the band picked its name.

Jamie: Cari's mother used to say that me and Cari looked like sisters in our tight leather pants and lipstick when we were around 16 years old. We took advantage of the expression and we decided that Sister should be our brand name.

Valerie: How do you describe yours sound?

Jamie: I would describe our sound as four tattooed makeup rats with a fucking rocking from start to finish, both live and on the album!

Valerie: Can you tell me a little about the track “Radioactive Misery?”

Lestat: "Radioactive Misery" is a little monstrous disaster created merely to get the listeners in the right mood before "Body Blow" breaks out. It was created the last day of recording together with Martin Sweet from Crash diet in his studio.

Valerie: Why did you select “Hated’’ for the first single?

Lestat: Well, first off, we thought it'd be cool to release the title track as the first single, and second, we all thought "Hated" was a kick-ass song and wanted it to be the first impression of the album.

Valerie: Do you have a favorite track on the new release?

Jamie: I like them all so it's difficult to say but if I had to choose I would pick "Too bad for you." That track has always been special to me. That song really describes what Sister stands for, which is "too bad for you and I don´t want to play your game."

Valerie: Are you going to do the live version of “Would you love a creature?”

Lestat: No, it's recorded in sweet studios together with Martin Sweet, and in decibel studios Stockholm with Dag Lundquist.

Valerie: What is the connection with LizzyPistol?

Lestat: LizzyPistol was a kind of solo project I had about 3 or 4 years ago. I wrote and recorded some tunes and it was at this time that "Would you love a creature" was created, a song that followed me as I joined up with Rikki, Jamie and Cari.

Valerie: Does one of the members do most of the writing or do you collaborative as a group on lyrics?

Lestat: I write most of the lyrics, working with words is my passion, but Cari presents masterpieces occasionally.

Valerie: Who did the artwork?

Jamie: Actually we just wanted the album to look as dark and evil as it sounds. The photo shoot took place at our brilliant photographer Alex Engström’s studio. We discussed our ideas with our tattoo artist (Kim Oktavia) and when she began to paint the result was exactly as we had intended.

Valerie: Will you be releasing more videos from the LP?

Lestat: We are working on a video actually, so prepare yourself for something messy.

Valerie: Can you describe a live show?

Jamie: We have always been a live band and what makes us stand out among the other bands is that we lose our fucking minds when we go on stage! Constant head banging and sick rock n roll through the whole show!

Valerie: What are your major music influences?

Jamie: Hmm, in Sister we all listen to everything from Roky Erickson to Behemoth so it's kind of difficult to explain our exact band influences. When we mix everything we like and listen to it becomes Sister I guess. That’s why I think it's hard for people to put us in a specific musical term.

Valerie: Are you going to tour in the United States?

Lestat: We'd love to tour the States and hopefully we'll get there soon.

Valerie: Will you be doing festivals this summer?

L: We'll lay low during the summer and prepare for the Fall. But we'll play at "Skogsröjet" here in Sweden on August 12th – 13th.

Valerie: What is the metal scene like in Sweden?

Jamie: There's a lot of good upcoming bands from Sweden but it feels like the big sleaze era has subsided a bit since 2005/2006. Back then everybody said that they played in a band but now it's just the best that is left ha-ha. I believe that Sweden has the same metal scene that those other countries in Scandinavia.

Valerie: Where do you get your inspiration?

Lestat: This is a question that I simply can't give a straight answer to. I get inspired by all sorts of things when I write lyrics! Everything I see, everything I hear, everything I feel... The melody usually comes up as I write, and when it comes to putting rhythm and riffs on this, I find my inspiration in a great deal of different music styles, everything from classical music to industrial metal.

Valerie: What are some of the band’s other interests besides music?

Jamie: Well, we kind of work with the band all the time. The few hours we don't work with it we usually like to party or get tattooed.

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