Sacramento electronic duo Sister Crayon has signed with Warner Bros. Records.
Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but Sister Crayon singer-songwriter Terra Lopez, 31, who forms the duo with beat-maker Dani Fernandez, 28, said Sister Crayon will release its first album under the Warner Bros. label in September.
Sister Crayon formed eight years ago in Sacramento and won an avid local following for its moody yet catchy electronic beats, thoughtful lyrics and Lopez’s emotive vocals. The duo relocated to the Bay Area for a few years but later returned. Sister Crayon now splits its time between Sacramento and Los Angeles.
Lopez spoke to The Bee by phone from Los Angeles on Monday night, hours after signing the Warner Bros. contract.
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“It’s surreal,” Lopez said of signing with a major label. “I feel overwhelmed, and also very grateful that we kept going. There were a lot of sacrifices doing this, and sometime the sacrifices were pretty daunting, and we questioned, ‘How are we going to do this? How are we going to pay our rent?’ ”
Warner Bros. Vice President of A&R Samantha Maloney signed the duo. Maloney also is a veteran drummer who has toured with Hole and Mötley Crüe and, fortuitously for Sister Crayon, also is a neighbor of the duo’s manager (and ex-Sacramentan) Shawn Carrano.
After Carrano moved into Maloney’s Los Angeles neighborhood last year, Maloney asked Carrano about unsigned bands he managed. He pointed her to Sister Crayon, Maloney said by email. Maloney later skipped out of a Warner Bros. holiday party for an hour to catch a Sister Crayon set.
“I was blown away,” she said. “I am in love with the music, the lyrics, Terra Lopez’s voice, Dani Fernandez’s beats ... and their dedication to creating the best live show possible,” Maloney said. “Growing up in the mid-1990s, I was a huge fan of acts like Massive Attack, Portishead, Björk and PJ Harvey, so those influences in (Sister Crayon’s) music got me hooked immediately.”
Maloney did not reveal terms of the new contract but said “the band seem quite happy, and I have a very strong feeling they will be career artists here.” She said Warner Bros. artists Deftones and Built to Spill already are “major Sister Crayon fans.”
Sister Crayon has toured with Built to Spill.
The Sacramento-bred Deftones are “good friends,” Lopez said, but that relationship was unconnected to the signing, she said.
The groups’ shared hometown always factored into her duo’s persistence during lean times.
“Sacramento has always been very supportive, and we are very excited to represent our city and put Sacramento on any map that we can,” Lopez said.