By James Olson
VANCOUVER — Released in 2010, Daughters’ self-titled third record has gone on to be not only the band’s most well received record to date but in a sense a fixture in the band’s cult status. As the band essentially disintegrated throughout the recording process, Daughters became a “mythical creature,” as vocalist Alexis Marshall puts it, due to the drama and mystery surrounding its release and subsequent acclaim. The hardcore/noise quartet are in the midst of their first full tour after reforming and sporadically performing together since 2013. For Marshall and guitarist Nick Sadler, getting the band back together required time and space to heal from old wounds.
“We sat down and had dinner and within 15 minutes we started talking about plans. We just needed to be in the same room I guess,” Marshall says. “It felt that enough time had gone by that any issues that Nick and I had had been not necessarily forgotten but they didn’t seem that important anymore.”
Beyond Sadler’s schizophrenic guitar work and the volatile aggression of the Daughters’ rhythm section, Marshall’s vocal stylings stand out as one of the most unique elements of the band’s sound. Described by some as the sound of Elvis Presley being tortured or the sound of a raving mad southern baptist preacher losing his mind, Marshall’s vocals certainly stand apart from the rawer, scream leaden work of Daughters’ contemporaries. For Marshall the switch in style, starting with the band’s second record Hell Songs, came from a need to innovate.
“It seemed that if we were going to progress musically, we would all have to change what we were doing. To continue to do what I was doing vocally would have been a disservice to how we were progressing musically,” Marshall explains.
Touring the West Coast leg of the tour with equally abrasive acts like Loma Prieta and The Body was a deliberate and calculated choice for the band. Variety is the name of the game for Daughters’ live bills. “We want to run the gamut of fast, crazy stuff with Loma and then the slower, doomy electronic heaviness of The Body and then whatever the hell we end up doing. I think it makes the night a little bit more interesting for people” says Marshall.
Marshall expresses optimism at Daughters’ immediate future. While the band has not set any concrete date for the release of new material, Marshall mentioned several times throughout our conversation that the songwriting process is ongoing with the band planning to record at different studios while on tour. “We’re going to keep writing, we’re going to release something, and we’re going to go on more tours,” Marshall reports. “I’m trying to be as open as possible. We’re going to be around for a while hopefully.”
Daughters play The Cobalt with Loma Prieta and The Body November 12th.BC, British Columbia, Cobalt, Daughters