2015 Sister Sin interview with Liv Jagrell and Jimmy Hitula
Sweden’s Sister Sin may well be the nation’s most inspired metal export in recent years. The Gothenburg quartet, which was founded in 2002, and over the last dozen years have churned out five studio albums, beginning with its 2003 debut, Dance of the Wicked. The band’s latest release, 2014’s Black Lotus marks Sister Sin’s strongest effort to date. Each album finds the band refining its songwriting craft, and its fan base growing. This summer, Sister Sin makes its debut appearance on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
On Day 5 or the tour, the band energized the Idaho crowd, making the most of its 25-minute set-time. Vocalist Liv Jagrell led the band through six songs, including three from Black Lotus; “Chaos Royale”, “Sail North”, and “Food for Worms”. The latter opened the set behind the power riffing of guitarist Jimmy Hitula. The band then went back to its 2010 release, True Sound of the Underground, for the crowd-driven anthem, “Outrage”. The band’s rhythm section of drummer Dave Sundberg and bassist Strandh, also propelled the group through the anthemic fist-shaker, “Fight Song” from 2012’s Now and Forever. The set was brief but bombastic and powerful. Sister Sin is easily one of the hidden gems of the 2015 Mayhem run.
After the band’s set, Metalholic and Metal Nation Radio sat down with Jagrell and Hitula to chat about the tour, the band’s recent jaunt with U.D.O., Black Lotus, the band’s songwriting process, and how they stay fit on the road. They also shared which Twisted Sister song the band is considering covering. It got a little loud during the interview as Sundberg and Strandh were doing their best to distract us, but we managed to get through it.
Last fall, Metalholic spoke with Liv about Black Lotus, but we asked Jimmy to give us his take on the new record:
“From my perspective, it’s a great and album and a good progression from the previous albums. We incorporated more stuff like keyboards, and that’s kind of a big leap for us. When you’re writing a song and you feel it’s missing something, you have to find what’s missing—could be a keyboard or could orchestral stuff to tie the knot on the song. I think we’re growing with each album.”
Being on a traveling festival tour in the summer heat can be draining and taxing on the body. Given Liv’s alter ego as a body builder, we asked how she manages to stay healthy on a tour like Mayhem:
“Actually this tour is pretty easy because the catering is very good. We have good food every day. That means a lot. Also there’s a lot of other bands working out and they have some equipment, so this is the best tour so far for me as a trainer to be able to work out and keep myself in shape.”
After Mayhem, Sister Sin will return to Europe for some festival dates and a headline tour. The band then hopes to start writing for their next album by the end of the year.
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