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"The fact that this guy was so bummed and depressed and I could only imagine what his stories are, that makes me kind of sad," Gross continues. "I hate that helpless feeling."
The band saw another world inside homeless communities.
"I think a huge part of the idea of it comes from witnessing the homeless people and how they have to rebuild their worlds in the cracks of the built-up structure," explains Andrew. "That, for me, was the most immediate idea of creating a Sisterworld."
It's the darkest parts of Los Angeles that come to life on the new album. Andrew's vocals echo like an unfamiliar voice in the night. The band's penchant for noise plays like dreams lost amid unsettling city sounds. Any bits of romanticism or nostalgia that native Angelenos Gross and Hemphill feel toward the city are buried under layers of alienation and fear.
"Living in a place particularly like Los Angeles, where it's sort of difficult to hold on to an identity, being in this kind of place makes you realize that you need these Sisterworlds," Andrew says.
"L.A. also has that weird part where there are so many people and it's so gigantic, yet you can be completely alone and have zero communication with anyone else, even going through your day, doing your daily chores, your errands," adds Gross.
But, through it all, there's a frantic sort of adrenaline rush that drives the album, an energy that comes from slinking through an alley while looking over your shoulder in a paranoid fashion, hoping that no one emerges from around a corner.
"We've lived in a lot of places, and a lot of places that I thought were pretty hard-core, but living in L.A. recently has opened my eyes as to how violent it can be and how disturbing it can be," Andrew says. "It makes New York look like a manicured playground. L.A. is one of the scariest places I've ever lived, which is exciting."LIARS Sisterworld (Mute)