Sister Duos Taking The World By Storm7.21.17
With a performance by sister duo, Krewella, on the horizon in Dallas this September, we’ve chosen to highlight our five fave sister duos in music. If there’s any way to increase chances of musical synergy amongst bandmates, it’s a definite plus to be related.
Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf are the unpredictable sisters that make up the electronic duo, Krewella. On June 8, 2010, the Yousaf sisters decided they would commit themselves to their music, leaving their careers and education behind, hence, they each have “6-8-10” tattooed on their necks. Thankfully for them, and for all of us, their commitment paid off. By June 2012, their EP, “Play Hard”, rose to #1 on Billboard’s Dance Radio Airplay. They gained even more traction when they began performing at festivals and people started to appreciate not only their relentless energy, but also their live vocals that are featured throughout their sets. Their debut album, “Get Wet”, set them up nicely, gracing the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 200 within the first week. These sisters have had immense success since their promise to their craft in 2010, and show no sign of slowing down any time soon. Thank goodness for that.
2. Tegan and Sara
Identical twin sisters Sara and Tegan Quin have been making music together since they were teenagers. Their first studio album was released in 1999, “Under Feet Like Ours”, and the duo released their most recent album, “Love You to Death”, just last year. For those of you wondering, they’re now 36, so that’s nearly 20 years of creating music together. Both sisters are openly gay and have put a lot of their focus into LGBTQ equality, going so far as teaming up with Coolhaus to create an ice cream sandwich in favor of marriage equality. From political and social activism, to being featured as the vocalists on the Lego theme song “Everything is Awesome”, it’s very fair to say this duo has been through a lot together. Despite any strain they may have experienced over the years, they are still going strong, as in, they’re literally on tour right now.
3. First Aid Kit
Swedish folk band First Aid Kit, consists of sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg. Their father was a member of the Swedish band, Lolita Pop, and produced their earlier works, “Drunken Trees”, and “The Big Black and The Blue”. At age 12, they were introduced to the band, Bright Eyes, a band that still serves them with inspiration today. You can imagine their amusement in 2010, when Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, enraptured by a live performance the sisters gave, took them under his wing. Oberst introduced the duo to producer Mike Mogis, who ended up producing their next album. Their single, “Emmylou”, led them to popularity in the US, and was named the #10 single of 2012 by Rolling Stone. Watch their video for their hit, “My Silver Lining” here.
Ibeyi, literally meaning “twins” in Yoruba, is the appropriate name of this band, consisting of twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. You may, depending on your Tidal subscription, recognize these faces. These two French-Cuban sisters were featured in Beyonce’s “Lemonade” visual album. Heavily influenced by their late father, Grammy winner Anga Diaz, Ibeyi combines traditional Cuban percussive techniques with youthful, lightweight vocals. Their haunting video for their song, “River”, garnered them attention in 2014, and can be seen here. With Ibeyi, everything they do is based on their familial roots. Their sound is deeply fixed in their cultural backgrounds on both sides of their family tree. They have created a sound that is so unique to their family, earning them a spot on this list.
Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have by far the longest track record on this list. Heart got their start in 1973, and 44 years later, they are still a household name. With hits that are too numerous to list in this one sentence, Heart is definitely the most commercially successful sister duo band on this list. There have been various backup instrumentalists throughout the years, but the two consistencies throughout all four decades of Heart’s existence were Ann and Nancy. In 2013, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If that doesn’t prove the power of a sister duo, I don’t know what does. Watch Ann and Nancy perform Barracuda at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here.
KREWELLA LIVE AT THE BOMB FACTORY SEPTEMBER, 21, 2017. Tickets are on sale today!