The Vespers selected Sisters and Brothers as the title of their upcoming album. It’s a fitting name because the band consists of two sets of siblings – Callie and Phoebe Cryar and Bruno and Taylor Jones.
Feeling revitalized after a few years out of the spotlight, the Vespers recorded their new project in Nashville. “Signs” is one of the most exuberant tracks on the collection.
“I was falling in love with my now-husband leading up to the song,” Phoebe Cryar tells CMT Edge. “He was being shy and careful with our relationship, and I just wanted him to confess his undying love with reckless abandon. Our drummer Taylor and our buddy Bryan [Simpson] were teasing me about it all during a co-write and this song happened.”
Although Sisters and Brothers has its share of highs and lows — as any family business does — “Signs” always pointed straight up.
“This song has always been really lighthearted and playful, so we wanted to make sure nothing else came through more than that,” Phoebe adds. “The day we recorded it Callie and I could not stop dancing to Taylor and Bruno’s rhythm tracks! That was one of the most fun days in the studio.”
The band’s previous album, 2012’s The Fourth Wall, sold more than 10,000 copies without aid from a record label, manager or radio promotion team. With pop and acoustic influences pervading the new project, it’s obvious the four band members are influenced by a variety of musical styles. Part of that diversity comes from the Jones family record stash.
“My dad is a huge music fan, so we shared a lot of nights listening to his collection. I wound up inheriting two peach crates full of his stuff last year,” Taylor Jones says. Among those treasures: The Allman Brothers Band’s Live at Fillmore East, the Doobie Brothers’ Minute by Minute and Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life.
“We listened to classic rock and R&B together cause that’s what he grew up with and shared with Bruno and I,” Taylor adds. “These days I like Robert Plant, John Mark McMillan and Avett Brothers, etc., and will buy their vinyls when I get the chance at either Grimey’s or Phonoluxe in Nashville.”
Better make some room in the peach crate because Sisters and Brothers will be released on vinyl (and other formats) on Feb. 10. Enjoy the CMT Edge exclusive of “Signs.”