Following the acclaimed success of She Drew The Gun’s debut LP, Memories Of The Future, the band took themselves on road for their first UK headline tour. Fronted by songwriter Louisa Roach, the band offer dreamy lyrical psych-pop with this new album. Louisa spoke with The Fountain about the thrills of releasing her debut album, playing to crowds out in Korea, politics, as well as Scotland.
TF: 2016 has to be a great year for someone and it seems like you have not done too badly. How does it feel to have your debit album out and be out on tour?
LR: Yeah, it feels amazing. When we started out that was on the list of things to achieve, and we are happy to make an album that we are content with.
TF: How long have you been in the industry, working on your own music?
LR: I started three years ago in 2013. I have been writing since then and I began it on my own, performing at gigs and putting recordings out on Soundcloud. That was the start of it really. I just took it from there and, one by one, others wanted to get involved and I said “yes”. I did not set out to be a band, as I did not know what I wanted it to be. I wanted to organically see where it went.
TF: And this year you’ve had your record out and you’ve been on tour which is great. I hear this has recently taken you to places like Korea, performing to crowds for fling?
LR: I am very lucky to be able to do that because that’s about being a band and creating music. It’s about the experiences you acquire over time. It feels like wow. You have to take a step back and look at what you’re doing and think wow. It’s just great to play to audiences that are different to what you are used to and observe how they react to the music.
TF: How would you sum up Memories of the Future to the music enthusiasts out there that have yet to listen to it?
LR: It’s hard to say. It’s a bit of an eclectic mix. The lyrics are important and they’ve been altered in the studio. So what started off as me on guitar has become wired. There’s a little bit of a psychedelic sound thrown in, and it has been described as “lyrically evocative, starkly ornate.” The pop thing also fits as they are indeed full songs with verses and choruses. It’s also a little bit trippy. There is a hybrid of different things going on.
TF: Who would you say are your influences, a question you probably loathe, but it’s always interesting to see where the sound originated from?
LR: Deep down there’s a country influence, as I used to listen to it at my Nan’s liberally when I was little. Then growing up it was The Beatles. I am a big fan of sixties music in general so that’s where my basic song writing came from. The psychedelic sound from the sixties is great, as is the psychedelic sound kicking about now. I like something that’s a bit trippy and weird and I’m a sucker for good lyrics, some interesting wordplay, something that makes me think.
TF: If you could collaborate with these influences who would be your top, dead or alive?
LR: I would love to collaborate with Nina Simone, I think that would be awesome.
TF: Tim Thornton, Fink’s drummer, recently described you as being a politically charged band that is frustrated, and this is boiling within the music. Does this sit comfortable with you and why might he suggest this?
LR: Well Tim is quite interested in politics, and there are a lot of people that say there are no politics in music anymore. I think there are a lot of artists that do care about what’s going on and write about these things. It’s a bit of an ongoing thing. I just write about things that I’m feeling, things I want to say something about, expressing all different sides of my personality. One side of me is politicised and gets frustrated with stuff. Sometimes I write about lows, sometimes I write about highs. But I do care about what’s going on. It’s winding me up, the stuff I do see and it manifests itself in what I am doing.
TF: You’ve got Sneaky Petes in Edinburgh and The Hug & Pint in Glasgow still to perform at. Have you any preconceptions about these Scottish gigs?
LR: Last time I played in Glasgow it was an awesome gig. I am looking forward to going back again but we have never played Edinburgh before so it will be great to perform there, as I get the feeling that there is an investment in Edinburgh in the creative disciplines, if you consider the festivals. It’s like a science experiment to see how different crowds react like in different places. It’s cool. I also feel on a similar wavelength to the Scottish people which may come across from the lyrics of my songs.
With gigs coming up in The Hug and Pint, Glasgow on 27th October and Edinburgh in Sneaky Petes on 28th October, there is no shortage of opportunities to see this songstress perform within the next week. The album Memories of the Future looks set to propel Louisa, with comparisons to PJ Harvey and Portishead, as well as awards such as Glastonbury’s ‘Emerging Talent Competition’ 2016, a prize supported by PRS for Music and the PRS for Music Foundation. You don’t want to miss this lass in action.