Lisa, Abbe and Hannah are the Sound of the Sirens, an accoustic-rock vocal harmony group from Exeter in the UK. They kindly agreed to give Song Revelation an interview. Read on to find out all about how the band was formed, they’re hopes for 2011, they’re creative process for creating those fabulous harmonies and what its like to live in Exeter.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Acoustic Rock Harmony Vocal Pop Stomp
Q: What is your musical background?
We’ve all been singing all through school and teenage years. We first sang together staggering home from the pub and found we naturally harmonised. We joined a functions band and sang with them for about a year. We got bored singing other people’s songs and left to form Sound of the Sirens.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
Really good. We played a lot of gigs and started to play gigs in London. Our song writing is getting better and, because of all of our live gigs, we performing better. We played our first major festival, The Big Chill and loved it! We can’t wait to play more this year.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
We have a wide range of influences. As teenagers we liked act such as Take That, Hanson, Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters and anyone that had good ‘tunes’.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Our current heroes are Mumford & Sons along with Florence and The Machine, Laura Marling, Noah and The Whale, Bombay Bicycle Club, Mike Skinner
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
All of the above!
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
All of the above plus The XX, Elbow, Swedish House Mafia, Coldplay
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
Usually, Hannah comes up with an interesting idea/melody and then we all develop it and add lyrics and harmonies. Our lyrics often come from conversations we have or overhear and word play
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
For Hannah, probably melody, for Abbe and Lisa, probably lyrics; although one isn’t much good without the other as far as a song is concerned.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Ace! It’s excellent in Exeter; there’s a really good music scene and some great local musicians, the countryside is beautiful, the people are friendly, the sea is on our doorstep. It’s a very intimate city, although that can feel a bit claustrophobic if you’re not in the mood. And it’s got Timepiece, a great night club!
Q: What are you currently working on?
We’re developing our songs and working on new material for our debut EP.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Playing our first major festival, The Big Chill. That was a great weekend and we want more! Reaching the final of Triumph Live and playing at the Triumph motorcycle factory, playing at Tavistock Wharf with Mad Dog Macrae, being interviewed on radio stations.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
To be able to do this for a living. We want to play as many festivals as we can (we’ve already got about 6). Clear our overdrafts/pay off student loans!
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
We’ve got about 40 gigs between now and June! We’re gigging in London, Birmingham, Coventry, Leicester, Bristol, Plymouth and festivals as well as gigs in Exeter. Check out our myspace page for full details.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Drink vodka! Jog, watch Eastenders, dance.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
We hope to launch our EP this year.
Editor’s Note: When you listen to the Sound of the Sirens you can tell that 2011 will be a great year for them. Fantastic lead vocals on point every time, gorgeous and inventive harmonies & individual tracks definitely make them one to watch!
If you want to learn more about or contact Sound of Sirens, follow the links below:
facebook link: www.facebook.com/soundofthesirens
myspace link: www.myspace.com/thesoundofthesirens