CocoRosie is an acclaimed musical group consisting of two sisters, Bianca "Coco" and Sierra "Rosie" Casady. In the middle of their European tour, Nightspots Magazine chased down Bianca on the road.
Nightspots Magazine: Hi, Bianca. Where are you on the tour right now?
Bianca Casady: Paris, France.
NM: You ladies have spent time there before, correct?
BC: Yes, back in 2003 we lived here for a while. We have been here on and off ever since.
NM: That's how the sisters got back together and not in the United States.
BC: Yeah, that's true.
NM: When did they exactly start calling you "Coco?"
BC: Since I was a baby.
NM: I heard you play with children's toys in the background for your music.
BC: Yes, a few toys. We use electronic instruments, samplers and stuff.
NM: How do you describe your music?
BC: I like to think of it as spiritual pop music.
NM: You have a new album called Grey Oceans that is coming out?
BC: Yes, the record will be out May 11 in the United States and May 3 in Europe.
NM: How is your following in the USA compared to the UK?
BC: We haven't toured the United States as much. But it is not radically different. We are on tour a lot. We prefer it that way.
NM: How many tattoos do you have?
BC: Maybe eighteen. There may be a few more but that sounds about right. Some of them are in hidden places so I forget about them! [ both laugh ]
NM: How do you describe your show for people that have never been to a CocoRosie show?
BC: It is multimedia. We have been making videos since the time we have been making music so the visual aspect of our show is not just decoration. It is conceptual and is a big part of our project.
NM: You both sing throughout the show?
BC: Sierra is trained classically, which is very different from how I sing. She studied opera.
NM: Well, tell your sister we said hi and we look forward to seeing you when you get in town!
The Sisters will be doing it for themselves ( and for Chicago ) June 18 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark St. Tickets are $26 and show begins at 9 p.m. Visit metrochicago.com for more information.