Playing to a diverse audience at The Foundry in Lakewood, Ohio, Sick of Sarah ignited the show with their high energy, upbeat lyrics, and engaging stage presence. Abisha Ubu (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Katie Murphy (lead guitar/backing vocals), Jessie Farmer (guitar/vocals), and Jessica Forsythe (drums/vocals) take indie rock to a whole new level. After a decade in the music business, Sick of Sarah has no plans to slow down, or rest on past success. They are determined to keep going and dedicated to making the best music possible.
Girls can’t rock. The most common misconception about all-girl bands is that they are not as good as predominately male groups. While Sick of Sarah has had their share of negative responses, they do not let it get them down, because they have been changing minds since day one. With four vocalists in the band, writing music becomes an organic process in blending all the voices into compelling harmonies. Forsythe explains, “Vocals are added in. I would say even throughout the writing process, when we’re sitting in the basement writing the song, we’re all thinking of different harmonies that go along with the melodies”. Sick of Sarah is unique, because they are all singers and make the most of three part harmonies.
Born to make music. Farmer has been a musician since birth. She cannot remember a time when she was not composing and playing music. But for Forsythe, it was not as easy. There was a period in her life that took the focus off music, as she struggled to find her place in the world. It was a difficult, but when she returned to music, she discovered a renewed sense of purpose. Forsythe is a more dedicated artist, because of the rocky road she traveled to get there.
Too much is never enough. We live in a fast paged society with technology that allows instant gratification, but the results are not always good. Lyrics from the song, “Overexposure” say “”You never thought you had a chance/Oh, you’ll never show enough skin/For them to let you in/Oh no, it’s overexposure now” in a look at how expectations clash with reality. It is never easy to balance what people expect or demand from you with your vision. Some people demand more than you are willing to give, others want you to change yourself to fit their image. Finding a balance between the two, while staying true to yourself, is the key to success.
Going solo. After years with a record label, Sick of Sarah is now an indie band. The biggest change came in the amount of creative control they enjoy as an unsigned band. Not to say it has not been a challenge to be on their own. Managing a busy tour schedule, publicity, recording, and writing music can be overwhelming at times. Their album Anthem is a self-released EP with six songs that are guaranteed to thrill listeners. Forsythe says, “We’re very proud of this record.” Farmer adds, “It’s more rock and roll. It’s more us. This is what we want to sound like”. The music is at times whimsical, leading to cutting edge pop-punk sounds, but at the same time, it is all rock. The songs are relevant, with more innovation than previous recordings. Forsythe and Farmer are hoping to learn more about sound production in the future, which will allow Sick of Sarah to save money and enhance their already impressive musical skill.
With catchy hooks and solid musicianship, Sick of Sarah has won the hearts of fans everywhere. Currently on tour for five weeks, Sick of Sarah has a Fall tour in the works. Their indie debut, Anthem, is available now at their live shows and will be released officially on June 30 this year. Unfettered by policies and demands of a record label, I am excited to see how Sick of Sarah develops their own unique sound. In the meantime, I am keeping Anthem in the car, because it is the perfect music to sing at the top of my lungs, while driving down the highway.