The Sterling Sisters

The Sterling Sisters

One time, I went to Chicago and watched some Johnny Cash, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins impersonators. They played a western song at one point where a woman came out and basically sang opera while the other guys played normal western stuff. It was amazing, and I’ve totally found nothing like it since then except for Baltimore’s The Sterling Sisters.

Really well trained female vocalists can do such interesting things. “Raised You In The West” has been highlighted on this site before, and it’s really worth mentioning again. Those creepy female operatic sustains are incredible.

The Sterling Sisters’ whole six track self-titled EP is absolutely great. Even the sixteen second “A Prayer”. I would love to see this band. I feel like I might be genuinely scared by them. Not even just that girl. They do such creepy things on guitars and banjos too. This is one of the most atmospheric bands I’ve heard in a while, and they aren’t even tagged as “ambient”! Ha! “Americana”, “Country”, “Folk”, and “Neo-Folk” are exactly what I want this music to represent.

Some of these songs drive. Some of these songs creep. Some of these songs chant. All of these songs suck you and, scare you, and make you want to listen to them at least four more times. “Last Run” is probably my favorite. The guy basically yells for a while, then there is more male singing while the girl does the incredible creepy atmosphere thing. I absolutely love this band.