Sob Sisters fight against notion girls should be quiet, polite
GRAND FORKS -- It started with a Post-It note on a refrigerator with band names conceived by Amanda Lynne's husband.
"There were some winners on there," the 29-year-old said recently. "Beef Sweat was one of them."
But there was one name that caught her attention: The Sob Sisters. The rest is history, as she and three other women united under the name and began producing music in Grand Forks.
While their name was a title given to female journalists who wrote sappy stories in the early 1900s, the ladies of The Sob Sisters are anything but sad.
"We have a pretty sick and twisted sense of humor," said Aimee Klein, 40, the group's keyboardist.
Performing what they describe as dark pop and electronica, The Sob Sisters are composed of Amanda Lynne, Klein, Logan Rose, 22, and Katy Diers, 24.
Playing together for the past two years, with the exception of Klein who joined last year, the Sisters have one album called "I'm Your Man" under their belts.
There are no cover songs on the album -- only original songs written by every member of the band.
The evolution of a song ends up being a diplomatic process, according to Amanda. "It's bare bones when it comes to the band."
The ladies say they're supportive of each other's ideas when it comes to crafting those songs, and each member plays a part in shaping a song until it's ready to perform.
Most of their music is about the "comically painful" life experiences that women go through.
"I'm not sure if I believe in inspiration," Amanda said. "I just get ideas for songs from what's going on in other people's lives."
Klein says she also turns to literature for her ideas. The band says most of its songs are about men, but they're meant to empower women -- including themselves.
The Sob Sisters say they strive to fight against the notion girls should be quiet and polite.
Pushing the limits
In addition to sharing songwriting duties, the ladies takes turns doing vocals, and the quartet swaps instruments often -- leading a unique sound on each song.
The Sob Sisters' repertoire of instruments includes drums, bass, guitar, keyboard, violin and at one point, an accordion.
Switching instruments often allows them to interact with the crowd more often between songs.
"Sometimes, we just really want to freak people out," Amanda said.
Klein, who lives in Fargo and performs with another band, enjoys the group's mission to push the limits when it comes to their sound.
"Doing keyboard, you can get locked in a certain style," she said. "They're like 'You want to make sounds like a twittering bird or metallic rain? Go for it!'."
Pushing limits and performing as a band has changed each member.
"It definitely helps with confidence," Rose said. "I'm almost too proud."
Diers, who plays violin for the group, says she wasn't used to being loud.
"I played folk music. I was in a family band and was used to singing backup," she said. "But then, I started belting it out."
Amanda nodded in agreement.
"She was ready to wail," she said.
The Sob Sisters are planning to finish another album in the upcoming year. "It'll come later once we figure out the concept," Amanda said.
Their first album, "I'm Your Man" is available through The Sob Sisters' Facebook page. A Midwest tour also is in the works, according to the group.