The DeLorean Sisters is a Brooklyn-based band that got their start reimagining 1980s synth pop hits as alt-country and Americana ditties. We strip some of the most familiar songs of the decade down to the bone and then reinvent them on largely acoustic instruments. Our innovative arrangements of songs by David Bowie, The Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Danzig and others will make you hear these old songs in a completely new light.
The DeLorean Sisters are:
Diane Wohland: vocals, acoustic guitar
Lizzie Caplan: vocals, ukulele
Gary Lowery: vocals, percussion, hollers
Clive Thompson: guitar, harmonica, hoots
Danny Reisbick: upright/electric bass Banjo Steve Pauley: banjo
Based largely in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, the original Sisters (including Brian Braiker on banjo) got together in 2011 strictly for giggles. The initial impulse was to play mostly covers of old-timey classics by the Carter Family, Hank Williams, Dock Boggs and others. But then Clive made a startling (some may say dangerous) discovery: it turns out the songs we were raised on -- these coked-out, cheesey, feather-haired tunes of our '80s youths -- are actually country songs in disguise. The pathos of "Here Comes the Rain," the exuberance of "Modern Love," the absurd weirdness of "Girlfriend in a Coma": it's all in there, dying for three-part harmonies and, let's face it, a banjo.
The band began setting up gigs around Brooklyn and in Manhattan at friends' bars and neighborhood dives. The music struck a twangy chord and momentum gathered. Before we knew it we were playing to larger audiences, at outdoor festivals and iconic venues like The Cutting Room and Daryl's House and on Summer Stage in NYC’s Central Park for NPR’s radio show Ask Me Another. At the encouragement of Felix McTeigue, a local musician, award- winning songwriter and producer, the DeLorean Sisters entered the studio in the spring of 2015. Along with engineer Drew Guido, we recorded 12 songs for our self-titled debut album, The DeLorean Sisters, which was named one of the top cover albums of 2015 by Cover Me.
We thought we might try our hands at writing some of our own material, and before we knew it we were in the studio laying down tracks for our current 6 song EP dropping on February 9th 2018. Come on out to see us sometime, or give us a listen on Spotify, iTunes, bandcamp or YouTube. Experience the 80s all over again flavored with banjo and sweet vocals, along with some good ol’ salty hoedown originals. It goes down good with a cold beer and a shot of rye.