- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Already available for purchase on iTunes, Tigirlily’s first studio work, “Victory,” a six-tune extended play album will be officially released Aug. 18 - and it will have a different sound.

The single and accompanying video off the EP, “A Little Fun,” launched July 15, the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/1kl2PZR ) reported.

The sister duo, Kendra and Krista Slaubaugh of Hazen, say their new work shows a different side of the sisters who skyrocketed to popularity in the past two years.

Tigirlily developed a loyal international fan base when they began posting music videos shot in the kitchen of their home. Some songs were original while others were covers of other artists’ work.

Last year, the girls worked with The Creative Treatment, a Bismarck production company, to produce the video for their single, “North Dakota,” which quickly became their anthem after its release.

In June, the sisters and their entire family headed to Nashville to Verge Studio to work with Louis Newman, the producer and husband of another North Dakota artist, Gwen Sebastian.

“It was a little intimidating at first,” said Kendra, the older of the two sisters. “We didn’t know what to expect.”

Kendra graduated from Hazen High School in May and Krista will be a junior this fall.

Krista said once the awe of working in a Nashville recording studio subsided, it was a matter of getting down to work.

The new EP has five songs written by Tigirlily and one (“Pretty Girls”) written by Nicolle Galyon, a writer who has had her work recorded by the likes of Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban.

Pretty heady company for a couple of teenage girls from a small town North Dakota, they said.

Krista said they made the most of their time in Music City.

“We spent most of five days in the studio,” she said. “We were ready to be there as long as we needed.”

The girls haven’t inked any deals with record labels so far, but they say they have learned tons about the business with a little help from their friends, namely Sebastian.

“Gwen has been like a big sister to us,” Kendra said.

Krista said Sebastian has helped them stay grounded in what can be an otherwise crazy business - and she has the connections within the business.

Kendra said when they got the studio, it turned out some of the studio musicians working on their EP happened to be members of country star Blake Shelton’s band.

The first release off the EP, “A Little Fun,” is true Tigirlily, snappy and upbeat.

But girls said the other songs will hopefully show a little different side.

“We still want it to be Tigirlily,” Krista Slaubaugh said. “We’re real people and it’s where we come from.”

And while they said the new record will still have their unique sound, it will have a different feel.

“They took what we had already and enhanced it,” Kendra Slaubaugh said.

Her sister agrees. “I think they really brought it to life,” Krista said.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com

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