Sisteray have only been going for two years and yet here they are releasing their second EP She Likes the Drama. Now, the first thing that comes to mind when listening to this harmonious four track production is that the four London boys definitely know how to use their instruments, sounds a silly thing to point out; but it’s evident from the opening riff of their title track. Another thing they’re damn good at is ordering their tracks, the EP moves from fast to slow pace without that uncomfortable ‘oh, is my iTunes on shuffle?’ feel that’s so often found in modern music.
Another striking thing about Sisteray is their style; it’s a little bit blues-turned grunge-turned 80’s rebellion-turned Arctic Monkeys, it shouldn’t work, but it does. For instance, the ascending feedback at the start of ‘I’m Free’ is highly similar to musicians like Hendrix, Nirvana, and all those other bands who liked to entice their listener with the iconic, ear-shattering sound of rebellion. Furthermore, they have a definite blues sound entwined within the very fabric of this EP, with riffs that wouldn’t look out of place on tour with Muddy Waters or Bo Diddley. Throughout all of this (the reason I would compare them to the Arctic Monkey) is the lead vocals of Rowan, who clearly does not try to sound like anyone else, and therefore allows his refreshing Camden accent to shine through- giving their music a wonderfully personal feel.
It’s as if every track on this album was designed to showcase a different band member and their musical instrument talents, I wouldn’t want to ruin it for any budding listeners, but whilst you let your ears feast on the sound, you’ll see what I mean.
The final track ‘Coming Up’ adds a wonderful ‘closure’ feel to this production, it fades out and the last line sings; ‘You tried to take the shortcut / You took the long way round’- which acts as a partition between the main beat of the song and it’s ending, allowing the music to fade out in a perfect and very polite manner, bringing the four track venture to a beautiful close.