Siblings seem to have the best time. Whilst you’re at home, playing your Super Nintendo, they’re out playing football or shopping or whatever and having the time of their lives. Even when they fall out, they’ve still got to stay friends, because they’ve got to like each other, no matter what. That’s probably why so many decent bands have popped up out of families – whereas normal band mates would just leave, brothers and sisters are so used to hating each other they just get on with it. Just look at The Cribs – Gary and Ross have got to be pissed off that Ryan is dating one of the worst singer-songwriters of our time (sample lyric: I use mouthwash, sometimes I floss, I’ve got a family and I drink cups of tea), so what do they do? Bring in Johnny Marr and get on with it. The fact that their latest album isn’t anything on their past three is a bit sad, but at least it doesn’t have Kate Nash on backing vocals at any point.
Following in such spectacular footsteps as those of The Knife, The Jacksons and, of course, The Osmands is Sweden’s Taxi Taxi!. Twins Miriam and Johanna Eriksson Berhan make up the entirety of the band, and they make a tender, beautiful sound. The fact that they’ve released their debut through Fierce Panda is encouraging but unsurprising – their sound is one of acoustic simplicity, with lyrics as touching and have the quirky brilliance that only Scandinavians singing in English can truly attain. They’ve been compared to Cocorosie and Cat Power, but they’re completely on their own in my opinion. Now, if only my 8 year old brother would stop listening to Cheryl Cole’s single then I’d have a marginal shot at pop stardom.