Focus #1: Sisteray

To many, the modern music industry is bleak and unforgiving. Not only does the British music scene struggle to nurture and prioritise the growth of small bands, it also favours the rich, bigoted institutional record companies. However, with such a strong message of unity and anti-establishment hints, Sisteray’s punk rock ethos is a much needed response to all of this.

2016 has been incredibly fruitful for the London based band, a year of relentless gigging, festival appearances and a string of well received new tracks. Alongside this, they have also appeared regularly on a range of radio shows as well as the highly acclaimed ‘BBC Introducing’ programme.

Perhaps the most prominent of their releases this year is the single “A Wise Man Said.” With obvious guitar chords and catchy lyricism the track is incredibly resemblant to the chaotic melodies of early Libertines material. It is in the live setting where this song flourishes best, often inciting rapturous stage invasions and raucous crowd involvement.

Most impressive is Sisteray’s obvious underlying political and social messages. The band are strong supporters of the survival of grass-root music venues and recently played as part of the Music Venue Trust’s fundraising gig at Camden’s Roundhouse. In addition to this, the Londoners are also keen to emphasise the dangers of the modern world and its capitalist values, the most obvious example of this being their track “Gentrification.” Their attention to social and political issues is incredibly rare but most necessary in a time of uncertainty in both the music industry and beyond.

2016 also saw the release of their latest single, “Who R Ya.” Production wise, this song may perhaps be their most impressive release to date, it was produced by Rory Atwell (Vaccines, Palma Violets) at Lightship 95 and mixes all of Sisteray’s stereotypical strong points. Much like previous singles “A Wise Man Said” and “No Escape” it includes heavy drum beats and catchy guitar solos.

Having recently been signed to Vallance Records, the prospect of nationwide tours and even more media appearances, one can only assume that Sisteray will grow even more so as 2017 looms.

Words by Charlie Barnes

Check out the video for “Who Are Ya” Below:

Image taken from Sisteray’s Facebook page, taken by Alberto Pezzalli

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