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Liv Jagrell: I’ve always played music my whole life, but I started to be serious when I was about 15 and found Hole with Courtney Love. I just thought she was soooo cool and I also wanted to be a rockstar. From that on I found Pantera, Slayer and those heavier bands and I started my first band at age 15, an all girl band. I found Dave (drummer) when I moved to Gothenburg in 2002 and we founded Sister Sin and I never regret a minute of being a part of it!
Liv: Well as I said before, I met Dave in Gothenburg. I actually put an ad in a paper about looking for a band, I tried out and got hired right away! Back then we had another guitarist and another bass player but with Jimmy starting in 2004 we felt like we had something really good going on. And I can say we had some bad luck with bass players but hopefully we can keep the one we have now, he is the best and fits the band perfect!
Meister: Why did you call the band Sister Sin and how would you describe yourselves?
Liv: The name is from a Swedish 90’s band called Machine Gun Kelly, they had a song called Sister Sin and we really liked that and thought that would be a perfect name for a band. I would describe our music as a mix between old school metal like Accept, Judas Priest, some early Motley Crue and W.A.S.P., with a twist of a newer sound.
Liv: The driving force is absolutely ourselves, we so want to do this and we refuse to give up. Playing music is the best thing in the world and I can’t see myself doing anything else. And just look at the bands that did influence us, Motorhead, W.A.S.P., Judas Priest, all of these bands have the same fire and drive. I think you have to have a certain drive in this business to survive it.
Liv: Dave was watching MTV one day and saw a video from a Victory Records band and thought that if they could be onMTV so could we! We sent them a link to our MySpace site and we got contacted right away. That’s how we got signed to Victory Records.
Liv: Jimmy and Dave do all the music, Dave writes the lyrics as well. Anyone is free to have inputs of course but they really are the backbone when it comes to the writing process. There is not that much writing when we are on tour or are very busy. The inspiration comes when we have time off and have a plan laid out for a new album. We work best under pressure actually, that’s when we are the most creative.
Liv: We get inspired from everything that surrounds our daily lives, be it rotten politics, religious fanatics, or just the frustration of being a striving band. “Now and Forever” is basically a statement and speaks for itself. We will not give up our mission to make and play the music we love and we intend to be here forever.
Liv: Well we do have a cover on the new album too, the last song “Morning After” is actually an up tempo metal song by Randy Pipers Animal, that we felt would be really good as a ballad. Other than that we have nothing planned right now, but you never know!
Liv: We have played Canada once before, also Toronto, a headline show at a small rock club. It was crowded and a nice night overall, but I was very sick and really don’t remember all the details.
Liv: I’m kind of used to that now, so I don’t think so much about it. Of course it’s not optimal for the voice to play that much, but I’ve survived before s
o I think it will be fine. And yes it can sometimes be taught to spend every second with your band all the time and you get tired of each other but I like to take a walk by myself or look at some shops and something like that, and that’s all I need. I enjoy having people around me most of the time and I love my band, they are my brothers.
Liv: One time on the road as support for Michael Schenker Group our van broke down 3 hours south of New York. We got stuck at a truck stop for 7 hours before our manager at the time had a lady friend come and pick us up. She drove us the last bit in half the time it would actually take. We found out later she did not have a license! We showed up late but got to play 3 songs haha! So we kind of made it.
Liv: Hahahahha that old joke yes, well I think we gave something to whoever did that, but I can’t remember what hehe…
Liv: Yeah that is really awesome, we could not believe it ourselves, but of course we are very happy that people seem to like it! Now the video has reached over 200,000, it’s simply amazing!
Liv: Strandh’s bass playing is pure awesomeness, he has the perfect attack that we have always been looking for. He is the missing bit of the puzzle, talented to the bone and understands exactly what Sister Sin is all about. Now and Forever is our best work yet. It’s more dynamic and diverse than the previous albums. We stepped out of our comfort zone this time and experimented with pianos, keyboards and different tunings. We also worked hard with the vocals and the melody lines to bring out the best of my singing.
Liv: Hahhhh hard to say, maybe at first, but I think I can battle any guy on having balls on stage and with my way of singing so I think they will reconsider that very fast and actually enjoy the record as a good heavy metal album you could bang your head off to!
Liv: Well, one can’t expect big sales these days when it comes to CD’s. But it is still an important media, especially for metal fans since most people want the real thing in their hands. Internet is very important, it’s easier to reach out to a big amount of listeners. I’m not sure about the future of the CD, but it will probably stay for a good few years to come.
Liv: Not so much after awhile, in the beginning you like to hear your songs and get the feel of the album and so on, but after sometime I kind of get tired of it, and then I mostly listen to it for rehearsal before shows or tours. I like to take our whole set list before a long tour, to the gym when I work out, I run and I listen and I picture in my head what to do where and what to say and stuff like that, it’s really a good way to prepare!
Liv: Hahah that is a good question, we don’t have any left even for ourselves. But I’ve seen it on some Mediamarkt (German store) and on ebay, so try there!
Meister: Is there anything else that you’d like to let our readers know?
Liv: Keep your eyes open for shows and tours, and I hope to see you all maniacs out there!!