Some sibling musicians always knew they were meant to perform together. It’s hard to imagine bands like The National and First Aid Kit being anything without the kinship that came before their formation. Portland folk-pop trio Joseph certainly wouldn’t have been the same. Natalie Closner started out intending to have a solo career, heading to Nashville to try and pursue music. When a friend made her realize she wasn’t giving her all to the project, however, she had an epiphany: she needed her sisters with her. It was only once she began working with her younger twin siblings, Allison and Meegan, that Joseph really took shape.
Fully formed, Joseph will release their indie label debut, I’m Alone, No You’re Not, on August 26th via ATO Records. But just because they found each other, it doesn’t mean their struggles are over. On new single “Blood and Tears”, a track the three women wrote together, they look ahead to the hardships that come with forging a life in music. Over inspirational strings, the sisters bear down and brace for the struggle ahead: “We’re gonna have to learn what hard is/ If it’ll be a fight regardless/ I only want the fight to be with you.”
“‘Blood and Tears’ is a song for being proud,” the band tells Consequence of Sound. “It’s tribute to how far you’ve come and a promise to keep going.” If the HAIM-like harmonies on this track’s chorus are any indication, Joseph will certainly be able to keep that promise. Take a listen via the lyric video above.