Bristol-based three-piece Sœur create grunge-infused pop meets math rock. Their 2017 debut EP What Separates Us, quickly did just that, marking them out immediately as a band to pay attention to. They were invited to play the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds festival the same year, alongside the likes of Cassia and ISLAND.
Fronted by Anya Pulver and Tina Maynard with James Collins on drums, Sœur are a permeating force. Anya and Tina’s harmonious, haunting vocals and complex, unnerving riffs take centre stage, while James’ masterful drumming glues everything together.
Anya and Tina’s harmonious, haunting vocals and complex, unnerving riffs take centre stage, while James’ masterful drumming glues everything together
They’ve followed the EP with a series of brilliant singles; their latest, Back Track – released 1 August – is their most accomplished yet. If you’re like us, you’ll find yourself wanting to hit restart, because one helping isn’t enough.
Sœur are headlining the unofficially-titled Bristol stage (the Information Stage after sunset), alongside with fellow Bristol brilliants Harvey Causon and Swimming Girls, plus Liverpudlian special guests Paris Youth Foundation. Anya answers our 10 questions…
1. What have you learned today?
Today I have learned that Lapsang Souchong tea with hemp milk is the best fuel for a day of band admin. God send.
2. Favourite track of all time?
Really? Favourite single track of all time? I couldn’t even pick my favourite 100. Let’s go with PJ Harvey’s Rid of Me and I’ll just have to deal with the next several hours of ‘But what about…’.
3. It’s 3am and the party is winding down, what track do you play to get everyone going again?
Señorita by Justin Timberlake – banger.
4. Who are your top three acts right now?
I’ve been playing a lot of Gogo Penguin, Chris Staples and Demob Happy recently.
5. If you couldn’t work in music, what would you be doing instead?
Probably accounting. I love accounting. I know that’s weird.
6. What was the last book you read?
I just re-read Fuck It by John C. Parkin.
7. Favourite thing on TV?
We got pretty into Stranger Things as a band. We watched an episode each night on tour when it came out. We also watched a lot of the olympics on our last tour and discovered that close ups of people’s faces while weightlifting is entertaining AF.
8. Are you afraid of anything?
The prospect of growing old terrifies me.
9. Tell us something people don’t know about you…
I have a small birthmark that kind of looks like a little crab.
10. What are you doing tomorrow?
Probably nursing a hangover after going to see Clt Drp at The Crofters tonight. Oh, and viewing houses… hungover. Fun.
Photos by Ania Shrimpton