The band HEATHERS consists of twin sisters Ellie and Louise Macnamara. In their home country Ireland the pop folk duo is already a star. Now, there album Kingdom was also released in Germany. In our interview with Ellie and Louise we have talked about music by Simon & Garfunkal, Florence and the machine, Elliot Smith and Leonard Cohen. More after the jump.
Elliot Smith Needle in the Hay
Louise: On my first listen to this song, I wasn’t looking at the video and it immediately brought to Wes Andersons Royal Tenenbaums. This is such a sad song. I’m not sure whether I feel that because of the scene in the film it’s associated with, but even just listening to Elliot’s voice and the chord progressions, I get a very sad and lonely tone off it. It’s a beautiful song and there’s something about Elliot’s voice that gives me shivers.
Julie Felix and Leonard Cohen Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye
Louise: This is my first time hearing this song. How?? I do not know. On first listen all I can hear is their amazing harmonies. Their voices blend so beautifully together. This is another sad song written so wonderfully “your hair upon the pillow like a sleepy golden storm”. Leonard Cohen, what a poet!
Simon & Garfunkal I am a Rock
Louise: This is one of my favourite songs of all time. Ellie & I were brought up listening to Simon & Garfunkel. Anytime we’d get into the car as a family to go somewhere, it would always be Simon & Garfunkel we’d listen to on repeat. I am a Rock is such a beautiful song. Powerful lyrics, with a simple yet strong chorus.
Sufjan Stevens Vesuvius
Ellie: We both LOVE Sufjan Stevens. I’m surprised to say I have never heard Vesuvius before. I don’t know how. It’s on one of his more recent releases. I quite like this. It’s a bit different to his earlier stuff in the sense that he’s bringing in more electronic instruments. I’m not sure how I feel about the more electronic side to it, but overall I think it’s a great song with beautiful lyrics.
Florence & The Machine Shake It Out
Ellie: This is such a great song. Powerful and catchy. Florence has such a strong, interesting voice. I particularly love the percussion/drums in Shake it Out, they bring an uplifting epic-ness to the song. Great song to dance to or even cook to.
Heathers It’s Alright Not To Feel OK
Ellie: This song was one of the first we wrote for our latest album Kingdom. It’s very important to us. We wrote it for a friend of ours who took her life. It’s a hopeful song and I think the title really says exactly what the song is about. It also introduces our new fuller sound setup with a full band.