Greg Uhlmann’s Typical Sisters is not, as the name might suggest, a Twisted Sister cover band. In fact, the improvising trio of guitar, bass, and drums draws equally on influences from rock music, singer songwriters, minimalism, and the rich history of American improvisers. Their music has been described as “tonally and dynamically expeditious while texturally soft and inviting, a comfortable challenge that easily entices..” (Scottie McNiece, Uncanned Music). Its members play in and compose for a wide range of settings. Current projects include indie rock bands, Fell Runner and Marrow; improvisation-based groups, Ba(SH) and Rooms Trio; chamber group, River Song Quintet; and jazz singer Kurt Elling’s band. All Chicago natives, Greg Uhlmann, Clark Sommers and Matt Carroll began playing together in 2009 and have felt a musical telepathy with each other ever since. “It was instantaneously very free and effortless. The liberating feeling that was present spurred us to want to explore the potential that was apparent.” explains Typical Sisters bassist Clark Sommers. Uhlmann and Carroll met as children (their mothers being close friends), grew up just a few blocks away from each other, and went to the same school for most of their precollege years. Guitarist Greg Uhlmann elaborates, “It’s unusual and special to have the musical companionship and history that Matt, Clark, and I have. There’s something a little different about playing with someone you’ve known as a child and a teenager. It just feels like nothing really needs to be explained musically with both Clark and Matt. They just intuitively know what to do for this music.”
While Uhlmann relocated to LA as of 2010, Sommers and Carroll continue as collaborators, leaders and sidemen in diverse projects and bands in Chicago. While a long distance band relationship sounds like an impossible task, for Typical Sisters it has been fairly effortless given their history and improvisatory nature. Carroll sums up the spirit of the band perfectly, “At the end of the day we're just trying to connect on the highest level in order to serve this music. We gravitate towards spontaneity and we want to use this project as a springboard into that world that brings us joy. Whether it's playing dress up or making fun of Clark's center part it all seems to point us in the right direction so that we can keep this dance alive.” Their debut album will be released April 22nd with Chicago-based label, Ears & Eyes accompanied by a Midwest tour CD release tour.