It’s no surprise to find out that the three women who make up Joseph, a Portland, Oregon-based folk-rock band, are sisters, such is the power of their dynamic and connection at the American Express Stage during an early afternoon set on the first Sunday of ACL Festival.

“The best thing is, we can read each other’s minds most of the time,” Natalie Closner Schepman says. “And the worst thing is when we think we can read each other’s minds and totally mess it up.”

If it weren’t for Natalie, the trio would never have gotten together. She recruited her sisters—twins Meegan and Allison, who are four years younger—to form a band together after she struggled to make it on her own. They’re glad she did—”I don’t know if I would have had the guts,” the platinum-haired Meegan says of pursuing music otherwise.

The sisters sat down with Austin360 after their ACL set to chat about their sibling connection and “Good Luck, Kid,” their brand-new full-length sophomore studio album.

The album draws its title from one of the first singles, a catchy, driving song about not knowing your place in the world.

“It really is the theme of the entire project,” Natalie says of the track. “It’s a story of hoping for something, being let down by it and walking away from it in freedom, in the sequencing of the album.”

After she turned 30, Natalie started working on a song “about feeling completely out of my depth and all of a sudden, I had arrived at some echelon of adulthood and I was expected to be in charge.”

She tried explaining the feeling to her husband while the couple was on a road trip.

“He was like, ‘yeah, it’s like the universe stopped the car, tossed you the keys and said—’good luck, kid.’”

Voila, a chorus was born.

While Natalie has always been the primary songwriter, collaboration was a major factor in “Good Luck, Kid.” Each sister wrote four songs for the new album, a creative challenge for all.

“One of the harder things,” Natalie says, “about [working with your siblings] is letting each other be bigger, and more evolving, because it’s easy—when you’re with people who have known you since you were five—to just expect each other to be the same as you were. But as we grow and change and give each other space to do that, that’s part of the work.”

Listen to the full conversation below.



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