The Ladies of Sister Lip Turn Backhanded Compliments Around on Stage
re than just fans; Sister Lip has gotten them from its musical peers. "We get a lot of guys -- especially musicians -- who will say, like, 'Oh, you guys are actually pretty good,'" Hilgers says, while Monet is often regaled with the ultimate back-hander: "I always just get, like, "'Wow, you drum like a dude!' and I'm like, thank you, I guess."
Rebecca says that finding female lead singers in the music scene is becoming more common. "You have it a little easier than us," she says, motioning toward Hilgers. But she also acknowledges that Monet might catch more scrutiny than the rest of them. "I feel like someone looks at specifically a girl drummer differently. You look at a girl drummer and you're like, 'You're just gonna hit that one note five times.'"
But even the members of Sister Lip admit they've been guilty of doing the same thing. "I think everyone looks at a band and they're like, 'Oh, she's a girl, she must be bad or something,'" Hilgers says.
"It's like a subconscious prejudice against female musicians," French says, joining in. "You're like, 'Oh, they must not know anything about playing music,' even if they're good. You have that mindset before you even hear them."
But the preconceived notions change once Sister Lip actually takes the stage. Their demo EP and acoustic recordings -- Monet points out that neither's an album -- will make it clear the band has the chops. But the best way to catch Sister Lip is live and in person.
Sister Lip is scheduled to perform Monday, October 7, at Long Wong's in Tempe.