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The Sirens – Self-Titled

Get Hip Recordings, 2004

Four women dressed in vinyl clothing and boots posing rather nonchalantly on the cover.  Big explosion graphics are blaring behind them.  One of them is wearing a bright red outfit that has a devil on it with the line “Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide”.  You’re going to leave this in the dollar bin?!  I certainly didn’t, because even if it turned out to be one loud, overhyped production of feeble swill I was certainly impressed with the visual introduction.

The Detroit-based Sirens turn out to be a fiery, heavy-hitting rock band that turns up the amps on some classic, and not so classic, glam rock songs.  The first one off the disc was the perfect tune to rival the pop of the cover art.  The Sirens’ version of Gary Glitter’s “I Didn’t Know I Loved You (Till I Saw You Rock and Roll)” is one of the heaviest, powerful songs I’ve ever heard blare out from a female-led rock band.  I’ve heard harder and louder, but none that matches up to actually being any good.  This cover really encapsulates what the Sirens bring, which is loud power riffs, in your face attitude, and the harsh rock chick vocals of a lead singer named Muffy (the one in red, as it so turns out).  Through some research it sounds like a much beefier Glitter version, but is very very similar to a Rock Goddess version.  Either way, I love the song as it just kills.

Other covers on the record are nearly just as fist pumping if not certainly fist tapping.  The cover of “Chez Maximes”, originally done by the Hollywood Brats, is a great, energized version of a tune not very well known.  The Sirens also do a strong rendition of Suzi Quatro’s “Glycerine Queen”, which is only fitting for them since they pick out Quatro as one of their influences on their website.  The group sometimes doesn’t stick with the glam, as they cover an oldie by Joy Byers entitled “Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” which sounds like it probably had a poppier sound originally but now has a lot more edge.  Truth is, none of these tracks lays down and dies as a piece of unlistenable filler.  If one ignores the fact that the Sirens merely a cover band, one could certainly think that this was a record from a band that was an exciting godsend of an all-girl quartet not seen since the Runaways.  In 2004, if I had heard of these ladies then, I’d have moved immediately to (a nice, plushy suburb of) Detroit!

Check them out on Myspace:  The Sirens

Unfortunately, it appears that the Sirens are no more given the fact that they haven’t updated their MySpace page and their main band address is shot.  They did manage to put out another record and never got away from doing covers.  This fact, along with the heavy rotation of group members, may have been the reason for the end of the Sirens.  It’s a pity, for this debut record really invoked a powerful combination of heavy glam rock that there doesn’t seem to be much of these days.  Perhaps Detroit will think of something else.

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  1. muffy
    February 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Dude! This is Muffy as in the actual Muffy- I just googled the band as I am want to do from time to time and came upon this! It was really fun to read your perspective having randomly come upon the record-
    I have bought many a record from the dollar bin based on the cover and I’m honored that it grabbed you- Me and Michelle- the bass player-always did all of the graphics and artwork ourselves so it thrills me that our cover had the exact desired effect on you-
    It also makes me happy that you appreciated the whole angle we worked with the music- I love girl bands and was never satisfied with the total picture that any of them brought to the table, so I took the law into my own hands-
    The goal was to be a combination of high costumed glamor and awesome, fun, and loud ass rock- with tons of girl group backing vocals- Everyone, including the drummer sang on stage! We only did covers because I refused to bore people with shitty original music when there were already so many great songs out there- I hate shitty original bands and had no intention of succumbing to the pressure to join their fold- and my songs are so bad, you should thank me for this!! As an aside- it is my observation that rock is the only genre where self penned material is seemingly required- Do orchestra’s write their own symphonies?

    We never really intended to put ourselves out there on record, partly because of the cover factor-but people wanted to make them, so we did- we were more into getting dressed up and doing live shows- I think we produced upwards of 20 sets of matching stage costumes- also designed and made by us- We really were just out to entertain- and live out our music/fashion fantasies- very my dad has a barn, lets put on a show!

    This original girl lineup is playing a show on March 19th- (with new costumes of course!) We just practiced for the first time last week and it brought a tear to my eye- looking at the girls, I was reminded that we really pulled off what we set out to do and then some-
    As far as the band going inactive- If you’ve ever been in one, you know how tough it can be to sustain and we were no exception!!!

    Yeah! We got really close to what I think a girl band should at least look and sound like- I tried!!!! I still dream of that perfect girl band coming about where everyone is glamorous and they write the most awesome catchy, super rockin songs- and also where they are their own vision and not puppets of a svengali – I was always really proud that everything about the vision of that band was generated and executed by us and that that vision was fully fleshed out and not half baked-
    We had no problem with the thought that it is better to have bad taste than no taste at all- and gladly crossed back and forth over that line over and over again!
    Thanks for your posting, it was really cool to read!
    XO! Muffy

  2. -evan-
    February 11, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Hey Muffy, glad to see you’ve stumbled onto this place and wrote that excellent piece about the group! It’s very cool that the Sirens are putting on a show with the original members, and if you all build up enough steam to consider a reunion tour, make sure you stop by Boston. 🙂

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