There’s obviously a lot of image at work in the way these girls are presented:
But the same could be said of these girls, right?
Because young women in their early 20s don’t make themselves up like 1950s housewives and cite the Everly Brothers as a primary influence without deciding on that manner of self-presentation. Compared to The McClymonts, The Secret Sisters seem to have chosen a style that gives them greater claim to that nebulous concept of authenticity – because they look and sound more ‘rooted’ in the historical country tradition predating SHeDAISY – but is what they’re doing actually any less of a construction?
If anything, it seems more intuitive that ‘real’ women of this generation would end up looking and sounding like The McClymonts, because that’s the style that’s influencing people today. The Secret Sisters are willfully anachronistic… which, don’t get me wrong, I love. I’m just not sure it’s the same as being perfectly authentic.
A little background on both acts:
The McClymonts are trying to break into the mainstream American country scene after a successful run in Australia. Their album Chaos and Bright Lights, which has already gone gold in the band’s native country, will become available in the US next Tuesday, August 17. Find their website here.
The Secret Sisters – whose press releases tout the support of indie credibility makers T Bone Burnett and Jack White – are getting buzz as a traditional country/folk act, with a very favorable write-up from Chet Flippo in one of last month’s Nashville Skyline columns. Their full-length debut is expected on October 5. You can hear a few enticing song samples on their new website.