Family is a complicated thing isn't it? You have your parents, siblings and such but then you have the half-siblings of the children your uncle's wife adopted after they got divorced but she lives next door to you now so you see them more often than your uncle. That's where things get complicated. This, also, has nothing to do with what I wanted to write about. Read on...
If you listen to Canada Songs and the 7" you'll hear a distinctive sound, frenzied high pitched vocals and the riff style is chaotic with a lot of it happening in the upper regions of the guitar neck. In that aspect you can see the family resemblance with cousin Hayworth:
No wait, that's not beauty I'm thinking of, it's noise and a drunken Elvis impersonator.
Luckily the oddball cousin that always made a scene in family gatherings, running around with toy laser guns and viking helmets even though he had recently turned 18, had grown into a kindred spirit for Daughters to bond with.
Although they were different in many ways they agreed on the stuff that mattered and they say diversity is the spice of life anyway.
I give you...An Albatross:
After some time even the beautiful relationship between Daughters and An Albatross grew sour and Daughters started experimenting with something...
No it wasn't drugs.
The experiment, in some weird way, was to be a little less experimental.
Combine the anguished yelps and moans of Lex Marshall, the thunderous lower-end of Daughters’ eponymous album and some blackened tremolo-riffage, and you have Daughters’ French sister-in-law, Quartier Rouge. The vocals, delivered in the band’s native tongue, add a dramatic (almost histrionic) bent to the tunes, and with a name that translates to “Red-light District”, you can bet the subject matter is appropriately seedy.
Now we've mostly looked at the lineage downwards from Daughters but truth be told this family goes back quite a bit.
Since you are reading this I'm guessing you have at least a basic understanding of how humans work, at least you know how the internet works so no doubt you've seen at least a pop-up or two that explain in the most basic terms how children are made.
For there to be Daughters, you must have Mothers.
This has become quite the family portrait but something is missing.
At some point the whole family has to meet for a Sunday dinner...right?
But where do families meet for such a big meal?
At the Matriarch's house of course.
From the hideous cover art of Junkyard to the music, lyrics and vocals this album is simply filthy and absolutely lovely because of it.
So this noisy family tree has brought us from America to Australia with stops here and there but this is where it ends. While you could make a case for prior bands like Iggy and the Stooges being an influence you usually don't look up your own family all the way back to primates so we shan't either.
Jón Þór & Troy Alexander