SHE DREW THE GUN, Mamatung
She Drew The Gun, fronted by singer-songwriter Louisa Roach offer dreamy lyrically evocative psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey. They released their debut Album, Memories of the Future in April 2016, the record is the result of Louisa Roach meeting with producer James Skelly in 2015 and working with him at independent record label Skeleton Key Records.
Taking the bare bones of the songs- poetic narrative lyrics set to haunting riffs and melodies, they built up the tracks, developing an electronic element into Roach’s sound. The result is a dark but dreamlike collection of stories from the songwriter’s life and imagination caught in a bubble of psych-tinged pop. Exploring more conventional subject matter like delicate and dysfunctional relationships, unrequited love and loss, but also veering outside the norm with Sci-Fi protest songs, or more subterranean subjects, like drugs, alcohol, addiction and inequality.
The line up has shape-shifted and evolved into a full band since its inception as a solo project in 2013. Sian Monaghan 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 on keys. As a four piece they have travelled the UK on a recent headline album tour, supported The Coral, and played the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury Festival after winning over the judges at the Emerging Talent Competition 2016. They have just announced another string of UK dates for the Autumn.
Louisa’s underground roots lie in performing at open mic events and 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. BBC6 music continue to support the band, they made Memories of the Future ‘Album of the Day’ upon its release. The band and Album, without the backing of a major label, continue to win over fans with their lyrically evocative style coupled with meticulously layered psych-pop.
“Junkyard Scouse soul.. built ingeniously on a Wirral council budget” ???? Uncut