Say She She: at Leeds Project House on 12 March

After an extraordinary 2023, including being announced as one of BBC 6 Artists Of The Year and a whirlwind year of festivals and touring, Say She She’s UK tour this month is sold out.

Their second album Silver is on Karma Chief/Colemine Records, a 16-track collection of their singular post-disco sound that proves they are the “staggeringly inventive” breakout band to watch (The Guardian). There’s a lot we could say – but let’s hand over some of it to the critics:

“Boundary busting discodelic soul” The Guardian *****

“This band are going to be absolutely huge” Deb Grant, BBC 6

“Absolutely Sensational” Lauren Laverne, BBC 6

“Off the chart brilliant” – Chris Hawkins, BBC 6

“We love Say She She on this show” – Craig Charles, BBC 6

“Say She She, from Brooklyn, have become the coolest girlband in the world , since their debut record in 2022” – The I Newspaper

“These are our sisters and we love them on this show”- Huey Morgan, BBC 6

“Absolutely dynamite” Amy Lamé, BBC 6

“Silver might just make Say She She your new favourite band” **** Classic Pop

“Say She She new album is an infectious, groove-packed delight” ***** Shindig

“Inventive R&B outfit take it up a notch on second album” 8/10 Uncut

“Vocal trio make album No.2 their magnum opus” MOJO, ****

“If this is their Silver, Say She She’s gold must be out of this world” – The Line of Best Fit

Photograph by Kaelan Barowsky

Rooted in a bedrock of tonal warmth, Silver is reminiscent of the likes of Rotary Connection, Asha Puthli, Liquid Liquid, Grace Jones and Tom Tom Club. Solidifying their previous forays into global disco, Silver presents Sabrina Cunningham, Nya Gazelle Brown and Piya Malik as fearless, fully-formed songwriters melding their disparate backgrounds into one glorious, revolutionary collective. Silver was largely written and recorded live to tape at Killion Sound studio in North Hollywood, produced by Sergio Rios (Orgone, Cee Lo Green, Alicia Keys).

Reflecting on the group’s growth as writers, performers, and artists as they enter an all-new phase of their artistry, Silver is named for the element, known as the metal of self-confidence and the mirror of the soul. With an emphasis on their trademark global disco, Silver ranges from protest anthems to Hindi-flecked songwriting and feel-good disco-infused pop tracks, reminding listeners of the beauty in the world while asserting their respective identities as modern-femmes.

Photograph by Kaelan Barowsky

It also features the hugely popular single “Forget Me Not,” a gritty funk send-up inspired by NYC’s Guerilla Girls, which made a huge first splash across clubs and airwaves across the globe, making top 10 vinyl single sales in the official UK charts.

The honeyed, harmonising trio – consisting of the three strong voices of London born Piya Malik (El Michels Affair staple feature, and former backing singer for Chicano Batman), Upper NYC born Sabrina Mileo Cunningham and DC born Nya Gazelle Brown who front the band – stay true to their word. These women have something to say and they are not afraid to play with the medium.

Silver is a showcase for Sabrina Cunningham’s classically trained vocal, Nya Gazelle Brown’s whistle tones, and Piya Malik’s smooth, funky voice influenced by years as an El Michels Affair staple feature, and former backing singer for Chicano Batman. The trio of voices combine to form feverish, operatic, and entirely mesmerizing harmonies that capture the ecstasy of disco — evoking a distinct Studio 54 era nostalgia while imbuing political grit and global influences to create a sound and energy that is entirely their own.

The band have had a whirlwind year with a sold-out February/ March tour last year, then returning for festival season in the summer, playing their debut gig at Glastonbury, which Piya describes as “A dream come true”, where they featured on BBC 2 ‘Live At Glastonbury’ TV coverage playing their single ‘C’est Si Bon’ which was also A Listed on 6 Music. The band have had six playlists to date on the network five taken from the current album ‘Silver’ .

Photograph by Kaelan Barowsky

Since the release of their debut record Prism in 2022, fans across the globe have embraced Say She She’s singular sound, solidifying their standing as a band to watch .

Silver solidifies the band’s previous forays into global disco, presenting them as fearless, fully-formed songwriters melding their disparate backgrounds into one glorious, dance-floor ready collective.

We’ll be at Project House on Tuesday. Our review will be worth reading!

Main image by Matt Holyoak.

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