The Sisters Explore a Different Side to Fuzz with Systers

The Sisters have become known for pushing the boundaries of fuzz-laden psych rock and their latest EP continues the trend. Evan van Zyl gets all hyped up about it after the jump.




Look, I’m going to be honest here and say that this review was just going to be a declarative essay, stating that The Sisters are one of the best bands to come out of South-Africa and that these songs are probably going to be my favourite release of the year. BUT, I’ve decided to take a day or two, calm down, and attempt to gather my thoughts before I go on the internet saying that these are the best songs you’re going to listen to all year.


So that being said, let’s get started:


THESE ARE THE BEST SONGS YOU’RE GOING TO LISTEN TO ALL YEAR. (Ed note: Yeah, they’re pretty solid)


I know, I know, but seriously. I’ve had the pleasure of watching The Sisters (Tyla Burnett – Guitar/Drums ; Cam Lofstrand – Drums/Vocals/Guitar) play in Durban for about 4 years now. I can honestly say that I’ve seen them explore the psychedelic fuzz rock genre from wall to wall. Yet somehow, with Systrs, they tapped into a side of the genre that I have yet to encounter elsewhere.


Cerebral Storm is the first single, and at 5:28 it is one of the most emotive songs I’ve ever heard, and it doesn’t even have goddamn lyrics. With a Small Stone phaser pedal driving the sound, this song is a sombre journey of contemplation across a spectrum that I’m scared to think about. In true Sisters fashion, it ends on a more aggressive note, but that doesn’t steal the show, even as the crescendo of the song. I’ve had the main guitar riff of this song stuck in my head since the first time I heard it live last year.


The second half of the release, Death and Sleeping Are the Same, is probably a bit more of what you’d come to expect of the duo. Fuzzy transitions and bridge sections with heavier and faster choruses. The same tone Cerebral Storm set remains a key feature on this track though. Specifically in the verses (if you could call them that). They come off with the same uncomfortably calm energy, creating a strong contrast for the Big Muff (Fuzz Pedal) ridden choruses. Still no singing though. Just some strange sampling that I can’t really decipher.


Although Cam Lofstrand’s signature snarl is not present in this release, I can’t say I miss it. The very lack of it could well be what adds to the ambience of these tracks, and what propels them away from their usual sound.


Admittedly, I will probably hype this up too much, as it is one of my favourite bands. But I think you’ll find this to be one of the more accessible releases to come out of the Durban underground in recent times. With splashes from a vast array of influences, these two complementary tracks have the ability to speak to people who find themselves outside of the psychedelic rock genre pool.



One Response to “The Sisters Explore a Different Side to Fuzz with Systers”
  1. T-bone basswlker says:

    Thank you Evan…we love you too❤️

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