Following the huge critical success of She Drew The Gun’s debut LP ‘Memories Of The Future’ the band hit the road for their first UK headline tour. Spearheaded by politicised and provocative new single ‘Pit Pony’, She Drew The Gun will tour the highlights of what is surely a contender for record of the year.
LOUISA ROACH ON NEW SINGLE PIT PONY: WATCH
“The idea for the song first came about when I read about pit ponies that used to work in mines for their whole lives, in the dark, just working away without seeing the daylight. If they did get taken up to the surface they’d freakout because they were so used to the horrible mines they couldn’t handle freedom anymore. I just thought it was a good metaphor for how the workers of the world, especially in the third world, but really anybody who feels trapped in the mundane mines of modern industry are living. Stuck in a dollar-a-day cycle or a paying off debts cycle. If we all wanted it a different way could be possible. We have the resources to feed cloth educate every human being in this world, but 10 billion eyes and yet we cant see the whole picture and we’re just blindly destroying this beautiful gift of a world instead.”
The debut draws lyrical inspiration from Louisa Roach’s (aka She Drew The Gun) own real life experiences. Whilst the chugged guitars and a laid back percussive tempo glide effortlessly through a chorus of glacialblues-tinged understated and soulful sublime offerings. Self-scrutiny and drunken reflection, are just a few of threads in the rich tapestry and myriad of intertwining themes found within She Drew The Gun’s music. That isn’t afraid to explore or veer outside the norm with a Sci-Fi protest song and dreamy love song straight out of a Kurt Vonnegut novel amongst the gems on the album. The album was recorded at Parr Street studios, Liverpool during 2015 under the watchful eye of James Skelly of The Coral on production duties.
She Drew The Gun, fronted by songwriter Louisa Roach offer dreamy lyrical psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey. They have just released their debut LP, Memories of the Future. The record is the result of Louisa Roach meeting with James Skelly in 2015. Introduced by a friend who heard her doing a live session for the local BBC introducing show, he liked what he heard and initial work on an EP became an album. Going into the studio with the bare bones of the songs- poetic autobiographical lyrics set to haunting riffs and melodies, they built up the tracks, developing an electronic element into Roach’s sound.
Originally a vehicle for Roach as a solo performer the project has shape-shifted and evolved into a full band since its inception in 2013. Sian Monaghan who played drums on the LP, was first to join, and the band have played in a number of formations. They supported Fink on a month long UK and European tour in autumn 2015 as a three piece with Jack Turner on Guitar, latest addition Jenni Kickhefer completes the line-up for their upcoming album tour in October.
Louisa’s underground roots lie in performing at open mic events and various acoustic gigs, honing her skills along the way, she gained the attention of Radio 6Music last year when Steve Lamacq championed a first release, that led to an invitation to perform a BBC Introducing live session at Maida Vale in 2015. In 2016, She Drew The Gun were crowned winners of Glastonbury’s ‘Emerging Talent Competition’ 2016, a prize supported by PRS for Music and the PRS for Music Foundation. The judges – who included Michael and Emily Eavis – awarded She Drew The Gun 1st place. Prizes include a slot on the fabled John Peel Stage – plus a generous £5,000 Talent Development Award.
The band released debut LP ‘Memories Of The Future’ earlier this year and a string of live dates around the UK to go with it.
Steve Lamacq says he’s “very excited about the potential of this band.”
Edith Bowman writes, “If you like PJ Harvey and Portishead you will love them”.
SHE DREW THE GUN UK TOUR DATES
3rd September, Beaworthy Farm, Vale Earth Fair
8th October, Neighbourhood Festival, Manchester
18th October, Prince Albert, Brighton
19th October, Moth Club, London
21st October, Chameleons Art Cafe, Nottingham
22nd October, Simple Things Festival, Bristol
23rd October, Swn Festival, Cardiff
25th October, The Musician, Leicester
26th October, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
27th October, the Hug and Pint, Glasgow
30th October, Leaf, Liverpool
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