WT: New LP is almost here. What is gonna unfold with it? New tracks we had chance to hear are great. What can we expect?
JM: We tried to capture our live performance. The record is basically a live set with a few vocal over dubs and things. I think we captured it pretty well. Working with Jack Shirley made everything easier. I think you can expect a lot of emotion. We gave it all we could.
WT: Anything changed in process since writing "Modern Failures"?
JM: Mario is part of the writing process more. With “Modern Failures” I wrote a lot of that at home. The new record was all written in our rehearsal space. I think with this new record everything is much more cohesive and streamlined. We tried to do the same when recording the last album but our sessions got spaced out over a month or
WT: You are one of those bands that just like to play live. Energy that you two emit together while on stage is just amazing. How much of that happens while in studio? Do you write together?
JM: It’s a tricky thing in the studio. It can be really hard to capture the live element. We worked really hard and came in ready. for the new album, we set everything up the same way as we do live. I think it worked. It’s all a learning process. Maybe the next one has even a more live sound. Who knows. Mario and I both really push it in the rehearsal space. We rarely take days off and always try to have the same energy while practicing. Mario and I did write together. There were lots of adjustments. I usually make things a little more difficult than they needed to be. Mario brings it back down to earth. On this record we usually started with a bass line. For example, “Open Wide” was made out of three different bass lines from three different new songs. They seemed to work together so we went with it. I just added, vocals, noise and adjusted the drum machine to fit it better. But I guess every new jam starts with a basic drum beat. Sometimes I show Mario some crazy beat and then he starts with a riff on the synth or his bass.
JM: I’m glad people liked it. I never really have any expectations from the fans. Yes, it feels good to be liked by fans but I’m most concerned with the way I feel about it. Mario and I were both happy with the result of the first album. As I mentioned before, It was a bit chaotic to record but we were very fortunate to get it done.
There was no scare of a 2nd album cause we were ready to record about the same time the first one was out and about. We already had new songs.
WT: You toured Europe in support of "Modern Failures" LP. Are you guys planning to do the same with your new LP?
JM: Definitely. We really like touring Europe. Seems like most of our dedicated fans are there and we get treated amazingly. I think the tour will be about 6 weeks this time. It starts in October of this year.
WT: US fans still had no chance to see full on AYS US Tour. Anything in process on making that happen?
JM: We’re working on it. There’s lot’s of variables to consider and right now most of the good opportunities for us are in Europe. But, we will be playing in New York just before the Europe tour starts. We’re excited for that. I think a full U.S. tour is going to happen soon though.
JM: It’s hard for me to classify the sound of ALL YOUR SISTERS. I think it’s hard for most bands to explain.I’ve always been attracted to the guitar and it’s many sounds. It’s a huge part of ALL YOUR SISTERS. I do like industrial, post-punk, cold wave, etc but I never really set out to be any of those things. I think ALL YOUR SISTERS’ sound has been the fruit of our limitations. We can’t afford much fancy gear but we just try and go as hard as we can. Mario and I both like emotional music. Basically it’s that. Also, I happen to have a drum machine. I think, based on the drum kits we choose, we automatically have an industrial sound. Having something sequenced and quantized makes it something on it’s own. Then I add my guitar on top and Mario gives it a lead or harmony.
WT: What's been on your music player lately?
JM: I’ve been listening to a lot of ambient and instrumental things. I’d say Glenn Branca, György Ligeti, Ben Frost and Nils Frahm are on heavy rotation. I also really like newer things: A Dead forest Index, Viet Cong, Wreck and Reference, PC Worship, Essaei Pas and Echo Beds.
WT: When are we gonna see you in the East Bay again?
JM: Since we just played there it might be a bit. Maybe be the end of this year or the beginning of next year.
Wire Trap, 2016
(photos, courtesy of ALL YOUR SISTERS)
ALL YOUR SISTERS - Tour EP (2013)
ALL YOUR SISTERS - Modern Failures LP (2014)
ALL YOUR SISTERS - Uncomfortable Skin (2016)