Stroke Of Luck: A Listen to Into Your Memory/Beside Myself by Sister Psychosis
Updated: Feb 1
UK Candian duo Sister Psychosis can boast of a wild anecdote that formed their existence and birth of double single Into Your Memory/Beside Myself, out now. The globe-trotting pair, comprising of songwriter Amanda May and guitarist Chops, has touched down in the bright lights of London, Brighton and Toronto. However, it was the musically soaked streets of Manchester where lyrics started to flow like liquid gold following a fortunate chance meeting with the town champion Noel Gallagher.
Faking it to make it and posing as a caterer, May blagged her way into the backstage area at one of Gallagher's Totranto gigs. Admiring her gumption, she wasn't turfed away as he was in fine fettle, inviting the keen and hopeful lass to hang out and attend his show. From this, Amanda could not get the thought of her hero's hometown out of her mind; she knew she had to make a pilgrimage and absorb a musical tour of the city. Pausing on Noel's former steps, it struck her: performing was her destiny.
A friendship with industry stalwart Alan McGee unfolded as he spotted May’s talent and voice and paired her with Brighton producer Pepper. In turn, Pepper introduced her to his son Chops. The two got on famously and formed their band. Then, coming full circle, they sought inspiration for their name from Oasis track Go Let It Out, and cutting their teeth at underground venues around London while developing their sound led to a dream signing on McGees Creation 23 label.
Into Your Memory is a swaying slow affair, brooding and stormy, matching the black and white stylistic quality of the videos. Comfortable in their equal billing for this outfit, the reverbing guitar from Chops seizes its moment to shine alongside the strikingly, sensual voice of Amanda as she pleads, "I'm hoping you'll be back to unlock all the doors, cause you changed mine the moment I walked into yours." The paired-back track accepts the addition of synths to bring it to close. Extra points to May for sporting 90s shades that the Madchester population would readily covert.
Glasses retained (I feel an online order brewing) and the addition of a throbbing baseline comes along for B side Beside Myself. They preserve the cloudy aura but take a rockier, sexier edge as the tempo is raised and the stimulus is derived from the London club scene. The artistic footage, mostly of their two faces and mouths, observes Amanda repeating her words as to strengthen her point, "Why don't you look beside you, see I'm beside myself too, whenever I'm beside you." Both numbers possess that traditional indie flavour- to be expected- as they draw in their influences to air with pride and sass.
Article by Beverley Knight