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Underground Recipes

by Sisters of Sharon

Take some grunge & mix with half-ounce of thrash, add a dash of pop, some harmonic vocals and bake in an oven.
Genre: Rock: Grunge
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1. 7'O'Clock Song
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2. Stick Around
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3. You're A Star
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4. Barbie
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5. Will You?
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6. Cherry Tree
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7. Stuck in a Rut
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8. Goodbye
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9. Fat Pies
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10. Aisha
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11. Adrenalin
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12. Tribute
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Hello darlings!

I'm not one to gossip but I've just got to tell you the latest bit of news about my Sisters. After 10 years of entertaining HK with their unique brand of rock/pop, the Sisters of Sharon have released their third album "Underground Recipes".

love Sharon xx

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Music Description:

Sounding like Motley Crue and the Violent Femmes fighting in a tunnel with spoons, the Sisters slap crunching guitars over some funky basslines before layering at-times-honeyed-at-times-angst-ridden vocals atop the lot.

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"Blending all kinds of ingredients together to bake up something wonderful, leaving an aftertaste to savor long after the last strains have sounded" - www.indie-music.com

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Any album that includes a track called "Fat Pies" deserves to be put in the shopping trolley. - BC Magazine Review

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The best bits are the rhythmic rockers featuring guitarist Chris Bowers' manic vocals: suggestive of Belinda Carlisle on acid, with shades of Siouxsie Sioux and Deborah Harry, they propel the collection through its frantic finest moments, peaking with a linguistically dextrous performance on the Cantonese punkish number Will You? - South China Morning Post review

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It's a well-produced album and -to be honest- it's quite a surprise. The group are best known for their live acts, not their monster sales - HK Magazine

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The artwork and packaging on this disc is incredible, and only adds to the reasons to pick up a copy. - www.indie-music.com

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Persygrrrl

If you like Sleater-Kinney or L7, give these ladies a try, please.
Sisters of Sharon are a female four piece punk rock band from Hong Kong. If that doesn't have you hooked already, one listen to the CD will have you for sure. Starting off with '7'O'Clock Song' the band rocks thru a dozen wonderful tracks, the most unique of which has to be 'Will You?' which is partially sung in their native(?) language. If you like Sleater-Kinney or L7, give these ladies a try, please.
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Indie-music.com

Blending all kinds of ingredients together to bake up something wonderful!
Aptly titled, this latest release from Hong Kong-based Sisters of Sharon has a unique sound, blending all kinds of ingredients together to bake up something wonderful, leaving an aftertaste to savor long after the last strains have sounded. Basically, the Sisters have built upon their last studio effort, Paper Planes and Daisy Chains, taking the songwriting and execution a step further. They lovingly spent two years making this record, and it shows. While the sound is very unique, occasionally harsh, it is that creativity that foists this record into your psyche the more you listen to it. There is a lot going on here, and several spins may be necessary to take in everything for consumption.

This kind of complexity allows the listener to hear something different upon every listen, while the simplicity of the melancholic, lamenting melodies linger. The overall tone is very haunting, but aggressive. This isn’t wussified girly-pop rock here, rather the opposite, actually. The fact that songwriting duties and vocals are split throughout the disc doesn’t seem to cause any disparity in the sound and vision of the material—Chris Bowers and Kim Falkingham both have a wonderful tone to their voices, and the cross-cultural approach taken to the songs infuses them with both Eastern and Western influences. The vocals range anywhere from a darker Indigo Girls sound, to Marianne Faithful, PJ Harvey, and most often, Grace Slick. Bowers and Falkingham can easily hang in this category, all of these women have a very distinct sound, but moreover, a booming rich lower register that adds an aggressive tone.

This is not to say that bassist Jill Eason and percussionist Emma Featherstone don’ hold their own in the “aggressive” department—but their solid performance adds even more depth to the mix. While the melodies shimmer, and guitars add a warm tone to the tracks, a fiery punk rock sound often emerges, showing the audience just how strong the Sisters of Sharon are. Standout tracks here include the especially strong “Will You?”, “Fat Pies”, “Barbie”, and “Tribute”. This band is at their best when they cross cultural and language barriers, and the result is a wonderful recipe indeed. As a side note, the artwork and packaging on this disc is incredible, and only adds to the reasons to pick up a copy.

Clare Tyrrell - Hk Magazine, June 22, 2001

The Sisters last offering and undeniably their best....
They are known as the feisty punk chicks who have been putting shows on in the territory for the last decade, and as a group that has done a lot to boost the territory's live music scene. Underground Recipes is their third studio release. It's a well-produced album and -to be honest- it's quite a surprise. The group are best known for their live acts, not their monster sales in HMV. But listening to the CD, the real musicianship of these four stands out. "You're a Star" is a goose bump-inducing tune. A fast-paced, hypnotic track, the vocals pulse with tension. The two frontswomen, Chris Bowers and Kim Falkingham, have voices that blend very well. Here, they sing seductively around the drifting electric guitar's dance. "Goodbye" is similar in this sense. "Barbie" highlights the drumming prowess of Emma Featherstone. The New Zealander's rhythms take the lead of a track which states a complaint about the plastic lady. "She's had some ribs removed and lots/ of liposuction/ Yeah, don't be fooled, those tits had major/ re-construction" "Will You" is sung entirely in Cantonese (Bowers is Eurasian and has been teaching the rest of the group.) It is a testament to their work ethic, pointing out to listeners that life is not simply about making money. In this amusing song, Bowers screeches like a Beijing Opera star gone wrong. Meanwhile the bass line running through "Fat Pies" just begs to be sampled for a storming techno track. There is word flying about town that the Sisters are nearing their end as a group. This could be their last offering. It is undeniably their best, and while it may not be reaching forward into the musical realms of the third millennium, it's fun, light-hearted and made in Hong Kong.