The Sisterhood was a short-lived English musical project, consisting of Andrew Eldritch
(writer and producer), drum machine Doctor Avalanche and the "Chorus of Vengeance"
of Lucas Fox (drums),
Patricia Morrison (bass and vocals), James Ray (guitar and vocals) and Alan Vega
(synthesizer and vocals).
Eldritch does not sing lead vocals on the record.
The band was formed by Eldritch after the 1985 breakup of his band The Sisters of
There had supposedly been an agreement among Eldritch and the ones leaving the band
that Eldritch would retain the rights to the songs and the names, while the ex-Sisters
would play their old songs under the name of Sisterhood.
Eldritch would not accept this close a name, especially with them breaking the agreement
by playing songs they weren't allowed to.
Quickly, he formed The Sisterhood to force the old band members out of the game.
Enlisting the helping hand of Patricia Morrison, formerly of The Gun Club and soon-to-be
member of the reformed Sisters, and Alan Vega of the New York outfit Suicide.
Their first release was a single, featuring two versions of the one song, Giving
The Gift Cover ArtThe Sisterhood released one LP, Gift, in 1986 on Eldritch's own
Merciful Release label, which includes "Giving Ground" and four other songs.
Not named after the English word but rather the German word for poison, Gift is quite
simple with its long, droning rhythms and ill sentiment ("what you have lost can
never be found"