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Mermaidens Share Single / Video 'Sister'

Mermaidens Share Single / Video 'Sister'

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Ezra Simons / Friday 22nd September, 2023 3:10PM

Currently reigning supreme for the second consecutive week on Aotearoa's SRN Top 10, Mermaidens remind us there's no need to turn that frown upside down — singing "you can't be happy all the time" on the second single revealed from their forthcoming self-titled album. The über-talented trio of Gussie Larkin, Lily West, and Abe Hollingsworth united with Sports Team (makers of our fabulous Trash Recital series) to create the clip for soaring self-described "anxiety anthem" 'Sister' — starring the group emoting together in a smartly minimal, Lars von Trier-like theatrical setting. Shot on 16mm film by Ezra Simons (Earth Tongue, Soft Bait) and made with support from NZ On Air, hit play on Mermaidens' latest triumph and get in your preorders for their new record on oceanic clear blue vinyl and compact disc HERE, before it launches in full on 3rd November...

"Sister is our anxiety anthem! It's a very bubbly song on the surface, but the song is about being a mess. In the chorus, I sing the lyrics 'Sister you've gone sour / You can't be happy all the time.' I always pictured singing this to myself, like a private mantra — and also as if I am my own sister. The chorus lyrics are almost juvenile, like a nursery rhyme or something, but the song is really about pulling myself back from the dark and telling myself it's okay to feel like shit sometimes.

Sister has been kicking around since the recording of our previous album Look Me in the Eye in 2018. It took some courage to say yes to the key change between the verses and the chorus - it almost felt too clever for us. But I think this makes the song in the end. This was truly the hardest song on the album to finish, and it literally made me cry a few times." — Gussie Larkin

'Mermaidens' launches on Friday 3rd November — preorders available HERE.


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