Sisterhood is an intricate relationship. Sometimes it’s making songs. Sometimes it’s getting drunk on Number 9 beer and not speaking for four years. Vermillion Lies, a band made up of sisters Zoe and Kim Boekbinder, took their sister magic on a tour around the world from 2006-2009. Vermillion Lies isn’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill girl group, if there’s even such a thing as a run-of-the-mill girl group. They sing about circus zombies, conjoined twins, and global warming, and they make their music with guitars, a toy piano, bicycles, typewriters, gas cans, and lobsters for instruments. There was even the tour where they brought a box of costumes with them and encouraged the audience to dress up for the show.
Then they went to St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2009. That’s when the band—and the sisters, too, if it comes down to it—broke up. Can sisters break up? It sure seemed that they could.
Years went by. It’s not easy to find a lot of fellow musicians who are nostalgic for using a gas can or a lobster as an instrument. In sisterhood, there are connections not easily explained to the outside world, but when sisters are parted, each is missing a part of her soul that remains with the other, waiting to be brought together so that the discordant notes can find harmony again. And until that happens, sisters are incomplete.
Then they found themselves in a field in Austin Texas, a city where original music and iconoclastic musicians are a part of the natural landscape. Over tacos, they remembered the good times, and what they loved about each other, so they kept talking and hanging out. Memories came back of how their siren songs and “junkstore cabaret” kept audiences enthralled. And they found out that they were getting along.
Music is so much a part of their relationship that, as they moved forward, they knew they had to reclaim their muse. In April, in New Orleans, Louisiana, they started to write songs and record them. They played guitar, synthesizer, and what they call “weird percussion.” “We once were, and now are again,” the sisters explain, “a band of strange sisters making strange music for strange people.”
You’re like a snake shedding its skin, when it gets too small, when it gets too thin;
You’re a shapeshifter, you know it’s true. I’m a shapeshifter, I thought you knew.
Their sibling sound was missed. When fans were asked if they’d be interested in hearing new Vermillion Lies material, the response was a resounding “Yes!” The songs are ready. How many songs would you like? That’s where Kickstarter enters the stage. Vermillion Lies has announced a crowdfunding campaign to raise $6,000 by June 16. They’re asking for $3,000 in crowdfunding donations per song. They’ve received nearly $5,000 in pledges, a strong indication that their fans like what they expect to hear. You decide how many songs they’ll sing: a minimum of two songs, a maximum of ten. Just two songs wouldn’t be nearly enough after seven years of musical silence. They’re ready to record up to ten songs together, and their audiences are ready, once again, for Sister Magic.