"On The Roof" is from the second album, "The Androgyne Show", by Berlin-based duo Sister Chain & Brother John. It was released in the spring of 2012.
The album was recorded on 4-track tape and pressed on vinyl only. The analogue approach also extends to the mastering as well as the album artwork: photos shot with an 1860s camera and developed with cyanide on glass plates.
“The Androgyne Show” is a concept album of the Ziggy Stardust tradition, including the blurred sexuality and alien subject matter. The title song tells of an imaginary game show where you win a sex change operation while the losers are sold to slavery. However, the Victorian parlour motif of the debut album is still present in piano tracks like “The Last Room” - the song of the betrayed duchess - or the sonnet song “Modern Love” - a tribute to both poet George Meredith and the composer Beethoven.
The lyrical universe of Sister Chain & Brother John also contains political songs (such as the apocalyptic “When At All Comes Down”) as well as devotional ballads (“On The Roof”) and the inevitable ride into the decadent underworld - before resurfacing at the gates of the lunatic asylum.
Apart from the lonesome piano and the occasional circus drum, Sister Chain & Brother John remain faithful to their minimalist principals: one bass guitar or electric guitar, vocals and effects.
Since their chance meeting in 2005 the British/Israeli couple have performed and excited audiences in hundreds of concerts in their respective homelands and all around Europe - anywhere from rock venues and festivals through proper theatres to churches and ships, illegal gambling houses, gothic weddings and warzone street corners.
Album website: sopa.dk/theandrogyneshow
Band info: sopa.dk/sisterchainbrotherjohn
Video by Michael Ersted & Henrik Vagner, NoButt Productions
Album released by Sound Of Perpetual Astonishment & Dwarfhaus Records
Distributed by Pale Music and Rillbar Distribution