Over And Out, It's The Rogers Sisters
From the band's biog:
'You've heard the story before: three foxy young New Yorkers get together and make retro-sounding rock music. The British press froths, the underground buzzes, hysteria ensues. This narrative could apply to the Rogers Sisters, but it wouldn't do them justice. Drawing on a range of sounds that includes new wave, no wave, punk, post-punk and garage rock, the Rogers - real life sisters Jennifer and Laura, plus honorary Rogers Miyuki Furtado - forge a completely original sound on their new mini-LP, Three Fingers. It is a record full of twitchy guitar lines, call-and-response vocals and swaggering beats, reminiscent of bands like ESG, the Bush Tetras, B-52s and the Slits. Yet songs like "Fantasies are Nice" and "Secrets of Civilization" - with its string accompaniment - are as pretty as they are snotty. The seven-track album (produced by Tim Barnes) does one helluva job of proving that the Rogers Sisters indeed aren't just another hot NYC act - they are quite possibly the best unsigned band you'll hear this year.
When the Rogers Sisters started out, they were like the official band at any halfway respectable loft party in Brooklyn's ultra-hip Williamsburg neighborhood. What began as an unexpected bonus at these seedy, unauthorized events quickly became the main reason to go: Playing on the floor amid a throng of partygoers, Jennifer, Laura and Miyuki could make even the most stoic attendee break into a dancing fool. There has always been something infectious about watching these three New Yorkers perform - Furtado leaping in the air; Jennifer yelping sweetly into her microphone; Laura laying down a rock solid anchor on the drums.
The Rogers moved to New York from Detroit several years ago. Jennifer had come to the city to attend NYU and convinced her little sister to come keep her company in the big city. The two had been raised on rock & roll: Their dad, Ron Rogers, owns a record store and one-stop distribution outlet in Motor City, and the girls grew up tagging along to shows by everyone from Journey and REO Speedwagon to Prince and the Cars. Jennifer scored a fake ID when she was 16 and started going out to shows as often as she could. "I took Laura to a Tears for Fears concert," she recalls. "But I stayed in the hallway because I was too 'punk' for that."
Meanwhile, Furtado's lifestyle was considerably less suburban. A native of Hawaii, he also lived in Japan, Liberia and Switzerland before landing in Baltimore and then New York. Furtado's father has worked for the State Department for more than fifteen years, and Furtado says his travels have given him a level of political sensitivity he might not have otherwise. "I wrote the lyrics of 'Check Level,' about being in Liberia and listening to the Voice of America broadcasts," he explains. "I was dismayed at the kind of thinly veiled propaganda played when the whole country was in the throes of horrible civil unrest. The current administration provides an endless amount of upsetting things to write about - from its obvious pandering to corporate interests to its embarrassing foreign policies."
Furtado met Jen and Laura through a mutual friend, and joined the band after a late night karaoke session that doubled as an audition: His renditions of "Purple Rain" and "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" sealed the deal, and within days they were rehearsing for their first show at - where else? - a birthday party in Brooklyn. "We wanted to ditch the seriousness and over-thought-outedness of 90s indie rock," says Laura. "We wanted to let loose, have fun, and get a little soul."
The Rogers Sisters followed up a self-released debut 7" called "Let's Fly Away" with their first full-length, Purely Evil, in early 2003. That album drew rave reviews and landed them opening slots for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Har Mar Superstar, Liars and the Kills - as well as one-off gigs with their heroes ESG, the Fall, the Ex and Mission of Burma. The band spent much of last year touring the U.S. and England, Germany and Scandinavia before returning to the studio last fall to work on Three Fingers with producer Tim Barnes. The new disc is a sonic leap forward for the group - a bigger, cleaner production that includes string and horn parts on some songs. But the basic raw materials remain blissfully unchanged, and the Rogers Sisters are clearly on their way to sharing the qualities that made their favorite artists unforgettable: soul, a sense of humor and a great beat.'
Videos and MP3s of the band are available by clicking this link.
The Rogers Sisters will also be playing a few dates in the UK in May.
The dates are:
6 - London, Upstairs at the Garage
7 - Manchester, The Bierkeller
9 - London, 93 ft East
More dates are scheduled to be added.