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Words: Jeremy Williiams “Ten years ago we were singing in our bedrooms. Now we record in top studios around the world. I guess as a band we have just matured and so has what we are doing. Sometimes we have to pinch ourselves and just ask how we got here.” Childhood friends Karina, Lea and Katherine spent their teenage years singing along to TLC into their hair brushes, dreaming of the day that their own girl group would take off. Having first officially formed Sirens a decade ago, the trio could be called the UK’s most authentic girl group. Not for them the instant fame reality TV route of former member Michelle Heaton (reality TV pro and ex-Liberty X singer). “I guess we were just little girls dreaming back then. But I’d say we were living the dream now. We have become experienced performers.”

ade with little commercial success, Sirens have not lost any of the fire which initially drove them. “In this life you get what you put in. Many bands split after a few years as their hearts aren’t really in it. They just want the fame, but there isn’t really money in fame itself. We just do it for the love of making music. Very few girl groups are still going after ten years, but we just love what we are doing.”

“There is no pressure to be in the tabloids or have constant Top Ten hits.”

A true DIY approach has been applied to their pop ambitions. From their early home hip-hop inspired recordings to their newer slick electro Whilst Heaton may now be a household name, pop sound, it is the girls who have taken control. Sirens believe that their DIY approach has integ- They have decided who to work with and even rity. “I really forget about her having been a mem- taken charge of their own bookings. “If someber” explains Karina”, “those days just seem so body wants to be a Doctor or Lawyer then there long ago. You know I love seeing how succesful is years of hard work to be put in. We kind of see she is, but our lives have just been so different. our work till now as our apprenticeship. We have She took the reality TV route, whilst we took the done our time at the ‘University of Popular Mulong road based on credibility and talent. Every sic’ and served our dues. Now we are a lot more person wants something different and I loved shrewd, our eyes have been opened. In many when we were close when we were younger. But ways I would hate to be as naive as I was ten she is just that childhood friend you grew apart years ago.” from.” “In many ways we have been lucky. We are signed to an independent label, so they have “I’d say we were living spent their time developing us. There is no presthe dream now.” sure to be in the tabloids or have constant Top Ten hits.” Whilst aware that the majority are unaHaving only once graced the UK Top 50, it could ware of their musical journey, the girls are proud be said that Sirens have not achieved the com- that they have stood the test of time. Whilst many mercial acclaim that their former bandmate has, an X Factor has come and gone, the girls have but barely a scratch at the surface shows that maintained their workload but most importantly their goals have been different all along. Whilst kept their friendship alive. “We are more than some crave fame and fortune others just want friends, we are more like sisters. The touring and to be working. “It is odd because we have had the experience has created a strong bond.” more success in Japan and the States. But the UK industry is harder to crack. If you look at it, Whilst friendship and maturity have helped them girl groups are always manufactured so we have reach the release of album number four, the girls been competing against people who have big are clear in their aims. Whilst mainstream sucbucks behind them. Whereas in the States, if cess has appeared unattainable in the past, they they like the song then they like the song regard- hope it is now just a small arms stretch away. less.” “We would like Sirens to become an iconic band. “What we have always done is pop music, which is popular music. I guess to a degree in the UK it hasn’t been that and so we want to make it that.” Whilst many acts would have caved after a dec-

We have been inspired by all the icons, from Madonna to Stevie Wonder, but no girl group has ever lasted long enough to tell the tale.” www.myspace.com/sirens

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