Morton sisters discuss sibling chemistry, LASKA

Formerly consisting of the three Morton sisters, Rebecca (Bex), Mookie, and Hannah, LASKA now performs in a full band setting, with Zach Brawford (drums), Ethan Schmitt (bass), and Evan Middlesworth (guitar). “Everyone says there’s something about siblings,” Mookie Morton said regarding working with her sisters. “I think it’s just a genetic thing.”

Rebecca (Bex), Mookie, and Hannah Morton are the voices of the band LASKA. They started belting it together about four years back on YouTube singing cover songs. Since then, the three sisters have come an incredibly long way. They now perform in a full band setting, with Zach Brawford (drums), Ethan Schmitt (bass), and Evan Middlesworth (guitar), but still get back to their roots from time to time, filling eyes with tears at their acoustic shows.

“I feel like electric is like ‘punch’ and acoustic is more ‘curl up in a ball,”’ Mookie Morton said.

In an acoustic setting, their voices seem to gently caress the soul. Meanwhile, with a full band the Morton sisters are able to pull out all the stops and really shock the audience with their intensity. When all three of their voices blend together on top of the band’s electricity, the earth almost feels like it’s begun to quake. Their vocal textures come together to create a goose-bump-inducing sound.

“Everyone says there’s something about siblings,” Mookie Morton said. “I think it’s just a genetic thing.”

There is certainly truth to this statement: the chemistry built between siblings is a force to be reckoned with. The sisterly bond of LASKA makes their music all the more monumental. Of course, being in a band with siblings isn’t good all the time.

“It’s definitely an advantage and a disadvantage,” Mookie Morton said.

Bex Morton agreed, saying that “it can definitely be extra frustrating at times.”

However, Hannah Morton easily found the silver lining.

“I think that since we’ve grown up together though, we just know how to resolve arguments, even if that’s just ignoring each other for a while,” she said.

LASKA’s new album Ceiling Zero is out now on and you can catch them stirring up emotions all over the Midwest.

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