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October 9, 2020 @ 12:43 pm

Episode 12. The McBroom Sisters

Episode 12

The McBroom Sisters

 

"Did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage?"

 

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After spending years working on other people’s projects, the McBroom Sisters have just released their own album – and done so on their own terms.

 

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In this episode, I talk with Durga and Lorelei McBroom. These incredible sisters are on the shortlist when some band needs a powerhouse guest vocalist, and they each boast star-studded resumes that any musician would envy.

 

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                          Durga and Lorelei on stage with Steve Hackett

 

Lorelei has done major tours with Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, and Rod Stewart, along with working with a diverse range of musicians, including Nile Rodgers, Mark Collie, Chris Isaak and (with her sister) Steve Hackett from Genesis. Her songs have been recorded by Sister Sledge and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey, and, for the past decade, Lorelei has been a featured vocalist for the acclaimed Australian Pink Floyd Show.

 

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Lorelei singing with Rod Stewart

 

Durga also has sung with Pink Floyd – both in the studio and on tour. Her techno rock duo Blue Pearl, with Killing Joke bassist Youth, scored a hit with “Naked In The Rain” and she collaborated with Billy Idol on his Cyberpunk album. Durga has performed with numerous Pink Floyd tribute groups, and now fronts the tribute band Pink Floyd Legacy.

 

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Durga performing in the Pink Floyd Show UK

 

In our conversation, the McBroom Sisters talk about how their busy careers resulted in their debut album taking seven years to finish and how the pandemic factored into completing it. The album’s title, Black Floyd, reflects their extensive connection with Pink Floyd’s music and also pays homage to the many black musicians who influenced rock ‘n roll.

 

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Besides putting their own stamp on several classic Floyd tunes, the sisters also showcase their own original material on Black Floyd, which includes co-writes with long-time Pink Floyd collaborators Jon Carin and Guy Pratt as well as Motörhead’s late frontman Lemmy Kilmister.

 

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Louise with Lorelei and Durga

 

I am also one of the album’s guest performers, singing with them on “Wish You Were Here.” I’ve known Durga and Lorelei since we were teens and we reminisce a bit about growing up in Los Angeles. They also candidly discuss being black women in the rock world, the image of women in society, and how they have used their sexuality in empowering ways.

 

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Please enjoy this insightful conversation with Durga and Lorelei McBroom on episode 12 of Song Chronicles.

 

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