It’s been two years and many life changes since the synth-rock group Sister Gray graced an Edmonton stage. But thanks to a new development, fans will be able to see them live once again.
“We kind of slowed down stuff a few years back,” vocalist and synth/piano player Brittany Graling says. “In part, it was because our drummer Kate moved to Indonesia and she’s been there for a few years. She’s back now and I don’t know if it’s permanent, but she was like, ‘We should totally do a show together.’”
After drummer Kate Paradis messaged the band about her arrival Graling immediately sought out a venue for the reunion show.
“I put together a show in probably 12 hours and really rocked it out,” Graling says. “Luckily, The Forge booked us and I love that space.”
The spot makes sense. The Forge on Whyte has been a breeding ground for local talents like Sister Gray for the past year.
“We’re playing the show with bands that when we started Sister Gray, we played shows with them all the time,” she says. “It’s cool some of them are still around cause we started the band in 2011.”
Since Sister Gray’s hiatus, Graling and her sister Jenesse started The Sissy Fits, a rock ‘n’ roll EDM group that has been exploding in the Edmonton music scene.
“We kind of fizzled out after Kate left and focused on other projects,” Graling says. “It died down naturally, but I’m super pumped to play again”
The possibility of Sister Gray continuing is also very real with Paradis now back.
“I thought she was coming back for a couple weeks, but after chatting with her it might be permanent,” Graling says. “So Sister Gray might come back again, but I don’t know. I just found this out last week.”
If Sister Gray did return, new music in the form of an EP is also a possibility.
“I haven’t thought about it, but we have an EP that was never released. We did Burn This Disco and we were still writing even when we weren’t playing shows,” Graling says. “There could be a chance for something more with this band.” [The Forge] asked if we wanted to call it a final show and I said, ‘No,’ ’cause we don’t know.”