It’s not always easy to stand out on tour, but in Sister Sin’s case it only proves that the more different you are from the rest of the line up, the more people want to see you. The Swedish rock band, who have been making music together for over a decade, have been dominating the Victory Records stage of this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, drawing the crowds in with their fresh upbeat mix of old school metal and punk rock attitude. Five minutes into the set and it’s clear why this band has been called “the band to watch” on this year’s line up. Front woman Liv Jagrell talked with Examiner backstage about the band’s first Mayhem experience, musical influences and the rise of women in rock n roll.
Examiner: “How the experience on Mayhem Been for Sister Sin so far?
Liv Jagrell: “It’s been really good, better than expected because we didn’t really know if people would see us as too different from the rest of the bands playing. They seem to actually enjoy us and we stand out so it seems people like it; we’re bringing something different.
E: “Is this your first Mayhem Festival?
LJ: “It is our first Mayhem Festival, yes.”
E: “Everyone is saying that Sister Sin is THE band to catch on the Victory stage. You’ve been doing signings during Mayhem and the lines seem to be pretty long. How has it been interacting with the fans? Is it mostly people that have just discovered Sister Sin watching you play or do you find people that are already Sister Sin fans?”
LJ: “It’s been kind of both but of course there are a lot more people who didn’t know about us; and we’re meeting these fans everyday so that’s good for us.”
E: “Have you had any highlights of the tour so far, or any strange experiences?”
LJ: “This has been one of the best tours, and New Mexico was really great. A lot of people crowd surfing and just having fun.”
E: “What are some of your favorite places to play both in the US and back at home?”
LJ: “New Mexico definitely is one in the US because it’s just always good there. I’d say Russia too. Russian is always good to us and its fun to play there, great fans.”
E: “Your latest album is called ‘Black Lotus’. What was the inspiration behind the album title?”
LJ: “There’s no deeper meaning to the ‘Black Lotus’ name. We were just looking for names and we saw it somewhere and thought it sounded cool.”
E: “You have a really rich rock n roll sound. What are some of the band’s musical influences?”
LJ: “It’s kind of an old school metal sound, so like Judas Priest, Motorhead, WASP.
E: “As a female fronted band that started when there was only a handful, how do you feel about the recent progression of women becoming more prominent in rock and metal? Do you think this is just a trend that bands are trying to jump on or do you think it’s a new direction the music business is going?”
LJ: “Hopefully the latter, I think it’s that. If people like me can inspire younger girls to start a band and play music and get into the scene.”
E: “As a female vocalist, do you have any front women that you’ve looked up to as a role model?”
LJ: “There was a band maybe in the earlier 90’s called Drain STH. They were an all girl Swedish band and they played kind of a mix between Black Sabbath and Pantera. They were so f****** cool, so they were one of the reasons I started playing.
E: “So kind of like what Kittie was for American metal back then?”
LJ: “Yes, kind of like that. I do know their music too. As far as me personally Drain is just much more my style.”
E: “As far as being on tour, what’s it like to be a female with all guys on the road?”
LJ: “I’m so used to it now I don’t think much about it but of course I’m happy whenever I can have another girl with me, like on crew or whatever. Sometimes it does get a little lonely being the only girl. But it’s still good, we’re like a family.