California, United States
Sick Of Sarah began in Minneapolis, MN in April 2005 as an all-female band
with catchy hooks, unique lyrics and thoughtful, well-crafted music. The
band displays talent, passion, and an ever-present sense of humor that
shapes many of their songs. They combine sympathetic acoustic moments with
driving electric rock, often in the same song. With influences ranging from
John Fogerty to Joan Jett, Sleater-Kinney to Vanessa Carlton, Sick Of Sarah
brings an energy and blended alternative pop-rock style that has listeners
singing along after the first chorus.
Guitar player, lead singer, and songwriter, Abisha Uhl, 25, has an ear for
pop, a mouth for rock, and an attitude for punk. She first picked up a
guitar at age 13 in Okinawa, Japan where she lived until she was 18 and
moved to the US. She began listening to Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton,
which led to her becoming a solo artist in the Minneapolis area and
eventually becoming a founding member of Sick Of Sarah. Her lyrics speak
maturely and sometimes humorously of love, loss, and often nothing at all,
but regardless of the topic, Abisha will sing every song like itís the
greatest thing anyoneís ever heard.
Lead guitarist and back-up vocalist, Katie Murphy, 24, was always involved in
some type of musical endeavor growing up in south St. Paul, MN. She began
teaching herself piano at 15 years of age and acoustic guitar when she was 16.
Always looking to advance her skills, she picked up the electric guitar
early on during the course of Sick Of Sarah's construction, per the bandís
request, and has since found that flexibility and creativity are the keys to
her performance. Katie lists Jewel and John Fogerty as her biggest musical
Jessie Farmer, 26, originally from Peoria, IL, decided on music as her
passion at the tender age of 7 when a piano was introduced into her home.
She learned both the guitar and drums after that. She found success as the
touring bass player for prominent Minneapolis punk rock band, Babes In
Toyland in 2000. Jessie had sworn off the bass just before she was approached by lead singer Abisha to play in her new band. Jessie cowrites many of SOSís songs. Influenced by Joan Jett and the Mamas And The Papas, Jessie brings a natural, seasoned rock tone as the bass player and back-up vocalist.
Drummer Brooke Svanes, 23, began playing drums when she was 11 years old and
since then has become a meticulously skillful drummer. She has been in bands all
through her teen years in Bismarck, ND and now calls Minneapolis her home. She
may look at ease behind a set, but do not be fooled by her calmness; you are
guaranteed to feel her Sleater-Kinney influence as well as a decade of practice in every beat she makes.
You may have noticed there is no one named Sarah in the band. The namesake
for the band is in fact a Sarah--the lead singer's former roommate who
stated one day she was just plain sick of her own name. It caught the girls'
ears and then caught on.