Making their debut on Alan McGee’s Creation 23 label, Sister Psychosis release a brand new track: Beside Myself.
Inspired by nights gigging and partying in underground London clubs, Beside Myself is a snapshot of halcyon times, laced with all the promise of their return in 2021.
Comprising songwriter Amanda May and guitarist Chops, the UK-Canadian duo formed through a series of chance encounters, theirs is a companionship as formidable as it is unlikely and alive with the irrepressible energy of the unpredictable. The wryly titled Beside Myself is the B-Side to their new 7” single.
With connections in Toronto, London and Brighton, Sister Psychosis may not have one singular base, but their first release, Into Your Memory/Beside Myself owes its origins to one place in particular: Manchester, England. In an unlikely tale of subterfuge, opportunism and pure luck, May posed as a caterer to blag her way into the backstage area at one of Noel Gallagher’s shows. Soon finding herself face-to-face with the man himself, Gallagher invited her to hang-out and even watch the gig from side-of-stage. Inspired by the warmth of this once-in-a-lifetime encounter and the renowned rich musical heritage of Gallagher’s hometown, eighteen-year-old Amanda May decided to make the pilgrimage to his hometown of Manchester with a head full of songs and an innate feeling of self-belief.
Reminiscing on the unforgettable experiences that shaped Into Your Memory, Amanda May says, “The lyrics were inspired by my encounter with Noel Gallagher meeting him in Toronto. I got to meet him, hang in his dressing room and watch the gig from side stage so I was pretty happy. He was such a cool dude. So friendly and humble. When he introduced himself to me I found it so bizarre. Like of course I know who you are mate! A few months later, I had just finished my contract as a PR girl at an artist management company in Toronto and had nothing to do, so I flew to the U.K. on my own and just sorta drifted around. No accommodation booked. Didn’t know anyone. Just on the hunt for adventure and I got it… I just did a bit of a ‘Madchester’ / Brit pop tour that I found online and that flat was one of the stops people recommended. It was there I wrote Into Your Memory’.. Meeting Noel, I realised that my dream of signing to Creation wasn’t that far fetched, if I could pull off what I did that night.”
In 2021, May’s dreams finally look set to come true, as she prepares to release the debut Sister Psychosis single on Alan McGee’s Creation 23 record label.
Check out the video for Beside Myself below.
Words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.