When I first saw Sister Crayon 4 years ago in Los Angeles opening for tUnE-yArDs I was totally mesmerized. I loved the beats they made, I love how they lost themselves on stage, I loved the power with which they played drum pads and I loved the sultriness of their vocals. I loved it all. “In Reverse” was my favorite. “We’ll be at the merch table after the show,” they said. I connected with them on the mix of drums and electronics, and how sultry female vocals over heavy drum sections are my favorite types of sounds. Since that day we have stayed close friends, sending each other mixes of new bodies of work asking for feedback, jamming together in different parts of California, and now finally, after 4 years, we got to collaborate on a track together.
In August 2014, I flew out to San Francisco for the shoot of “Armor” – which we filmed at a gorgeous warehouse studio space with French Press Productions. They set up a circular track and vertical florescent lights around our percussion rigs and filmed rapid takes while we played the song. It was a blast. See the video below and here.
Sister Crayon is duo out of Oakland, California made up of Terra Lopez and Dani Fernandez. The West Coast rockers have a new single out called “Armor.”
The video for the song features Kiran Gandhi of M.I.A. (and also Tom Tom Mag contributor and drummer extraordinaire). The video begins with a spoken word. It’s two drummers and vocals throughout the video, yet the sound is rich and engrossing. It creates an almost haunting atmosphere.
Terra Lopez told us how the collaboration came about:
“We have known and adored Kiran and her drumming skills for years now. She inspires us to no end with how she see’s music, interprets music. She was visiting the Bay Area one weekend and we just had to capture her on a track. The track is stripped down and much more raw than the actual song on the record. We all got in a room and the wonderful, talented crew at French Press Films documented us three playing together for the first time. We just vibed with one another and it was beautiful. Sharing space and creating with another woman was very powerful for us.”