Review: Sisteray – “15 Minutes EP”

Sisteray are true saviours of the London music scene, but this isn’t enough… it is clear the band are aiming for something much, much higher. Their latest EP “00:15:00” is an attack on authority, an ode to youth and underclass and ultimately a firm example of their immense musical talent.

Sisteray are productive, relevant and interesting, a perfect blend of sounds and message. Their image gets better and better with each month that passes and it’s quite certain that the London boys are onto something massive! Having toured regularly over the past few years, “00:15:00” is their first solid EP release and a sign of the band’s musical discovery. It is mature in both sound and lyric and stands well alongside well loved singles such as “No Escape” and “A Wise Man Said.”

Opening with “Queens English” there is a clearly recognisable guitar based sound. The latest single is adorned with elegant riffs and timeless bass lines. However, it is lyrically where the song comes into a league of its own, just about calling out pretty much everyone in modern politics and establishment. In theory, there are more sends in “Queens English” than in the most popular of modern rap albums, though unlike opposite contemporaries Sisteray are creating a social commentary like no other.

“Nostalgia Trip” returns to a more rock based sound and features a prominent bass line. The song is suited to road trips and pre drinks alike and once more is symbolic of Sisteray’s punk influences, think The Clash mixed with early Libertines. “Faaast Food” does well to degrade the negativity surrounding modern consumerism, somewhat of an ode back to days of more normality. Mimicking the style of modern capitalism it evokes a fast pace chorus and metaphorical repetition, something which becomes cyclical in generic modern existence.

The London band formed of Niall Rowan (vocals) and Dan Connolly (guitar) along with Marco Polo (drums) and Mick Hanrahan (bass guitar) recently returned from a full length UK tour in support of the latest release including first ventures across the border into Scotland as well as an especially frantic London homecoming. Whilst their name suggests influence from Velvet Underground, alongside references to Nirvana and Libertines in their sound, it is clear that the band are venturing upon defining their own era of pioneering music.

“Famous For Nothing” takes shot at obvious disambiguates in today’s ‘celebrity’ culture. The EP takes concept behind Andy Warhol’s ’15 minutes of fame’ in both length and message, there is an obvious that fame culture is not being used for much good. “Whiteknuckle Joyride” is perhaps the greatest ode to Sisteray’s influences, once more resemblant of heavy, clashy rock reminiscent of its 70s heyday.

Sisteray have a devoted fan base, something made obvious at their own club night, Welcome To The Monkey House, at Camden’s Black Heart. This has enabled the completion of a full length pledge campaign to promote the sale of vinyl editions of the EP. With summer dates and festivals no doubt planned for the future as well as more releases now becomes the perfect time to catch the London band before their inevitable growth to the larger venues.

“15 Minutes” is both relevant and necessary, it symbolises both message and matured sound and is an emblem of Sisteray’s importance in the dreariness of the modern world.

Check out the video for “Faaast Food” below:

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