Musical duo writes, sings about oddity

September 22, 1996|By Carl Hoover | Carl Hoover,COX NEWS SERVICE

So, which is more therapeutic for the Therapy Sisters, writing their wry, witty songs or performing them for listeners?

Maurine McLean laughs at the question, then quickly replies the latter. "It's fun to watch people get the jokes," she said in a recent interview from her home in Austin, Texas.

The music of Austin's Therapy Sisters has been medicine to the ears of their audiences for about a decade, setting comic lyrics to folk, rock, pop and country beats -- or, as they define it, "Nouveau Urban Psycho Swing Folk."

The two musicians had played in other Austin bands before deciding to form a duo of their own. They divide songwriting as well as musical duties. Rogers finds her inspiration in the morning news: the stranger, the better. When they saw a news story about Avon saleswomen on the Amazon, for instance, a new song was born.

McLean draws more from everyday life, writing songs about sugar ants in the kitchen.

McLean finds the group's comic sensibility draws in many of their fans. "There are a few grouches out there who don't like comedy, but most people like to laugh -- and these days, people need to laugh," she said.

In 10 years, the Therapy Sisters have recorded four albums, each with a name spinning off the medicine/musical relationship: "Multiple Personalities," "Relapse," "Co-Dependent Christmas" and "Mood Swings."

Album No. 5 is in the works, McLean says, and it already has a title -- "Beyond Prescription."

Pub Date: 9/22/96

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