My Sisters Brother features a revolving cast of contributors, all helping founder TJ bring his songs to life. Strays is My Sisters Brother second album and features nine tracks of folk indie rock with punk and grunge elements.
I was impressed with the songwriting. The arrangements are complex and unique and TJ brings a quirky element to the overall sound with his stylistic indie vocals. The lyrics are thoughtful and poetic, yet presented in a grungy, raw way.
The opening track “Bible Blues” is a little perplexing as a stand-alone track but introduces you to My Sisters Brother’s whimsical folky take on songwriting. There are some retro Mamas and the Papas type vocal harmonies that are both endearing and refreshing to hear on an indie rock album. The next couple of tracks had a distinct punk vibe that was fun and youthful, all the while keeping the stylistic arrangements and complex melodies.
One of my favorites was “In the Dirt With Friends” which had a dark edge to it with trippy guitar solos and a more solid rock feel. I also loved “Name” which was playful and catchy yet still had small elements of hardcore grunge and punk.
Strays was a breath of fresh air. The songwriting is unique and new and the arrangements keep things interesting. I loved the blend of punk, grunge and folk. TJ has a really deep understanding of what works with what. He mixes things in ways that shouldn’t sound good in theory but end up sounding fresh and “now." The album was a really fun listen and I look forward to future work.
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