SOYSV’S new album 'Good Goddamn' is a poignant reminder of the truly bizarre times we are living in. It explores the belief that one can be thrilled that they are physically alive but emotionally they are entirely astray in the world.
Detroit, Michigan — The tension left behind by Sean Morrow’s agonizing screams of “Good Goddamn” can be felt through the entire album. The COVID-19 locked down halted early progress on recording and the band was forced to work on new approaches to writing and collaboration. The result led to the band’s most poignant and melodic record of their career. The uncertainty of this time seeps into every track, setting up an emotional rollercoaster that can be introspective and sublime at times, and anxious and psychotic at others.
The album’s first song “She Makes a Great Parade,” sets the stage with a hypnotic synth that floats you down a stream of consciousness that you never want to leave. The groovy bassline and catchy melody, that conjure memories of 70’s era Wings, anchor you while the swirling synths float you into a much-needed blissful escape from the world.
“It’s Good to be Alive” comes crashing in to bring you quickly back to reality. The pounding drums and fuzzy guitars (in the vein of the Stooges) only add to the tension that reoccurs multiple times throughout the rest of the record. Effortlessly the band somehow swings from pounding fuzz into a laid-back soothing grove with the lyrics “It’s good to be alive” echoing in your ears. These stark and unconventional changes are as natural to the band as their use of trippy effects and memorable melodies. The well-crafted sound that is very much SOYSV’s own is the perfect soundscape for an emotionally manic story that continues through the entirety of the record.
Though from Detroit, Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor’s reach is long. They have built a solid fan base in Europe over multiple tours. They are two times Austin Levitation veterans that have shared the stage with the likes of The Black Angels, (with whom they are often favorably compared) Temples, A Place to Bury Strangers, Wooden Shjips, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dead Meadow, Nick Turner’s Hawkwind and played festivals such as Mid-Point, Montreal Distortion Fest, SXSW, and CBGB Music & Film Festival.