INTERVIEW: Lucy Rose
By Glen Keogh on October 26, 2012 in Music
Hype in the music industry can be a funny old thing. Often justified, often not, but always alarmingly influential on the successes or failures of the artists on which it is lauded upon. One such victim/grateful recipient (delete as appropriate) of the hype machine is 23 year old Lucy Rose, whose angelic face you’re likely to have seen splashed across the front page of The Fly as well as the NME, the Sunday Times and any other magazine or newspaper which aims to cover the best new music.
As for Miss Rose’s music – you may be less familiar. In fact, you might not even know her as a musician in her own right yet, but may recognise her as a vocalist with Bombay Bicycle Club on their tours and at the forefront of many tracks on their latest album. If this is true, and that steaming hype train has passed you by, then her debut album, Like I Used To, is going to be one of the most pleasant musical surprises you’ll receive this year.
Songs which started out as sweet acoustic ballads slowly gathering hits on YouTube have evolved; now full of angular rhythms and driving build-ups whilst maintaining the core simplicity of the tracks which brought Rose to the attention of Columbia Records in the first place.
She cites Neil Young as an influence before making the album and The Maccabees’ Given To The Wild as a current influence, and fans of both could be interested in this record.
“It was an amazing feeling to be able to record the songs exactly how I’ve been imagining them for so long,” she said. “We recorded it back at my parent’s house in their family room and it only took us a couple of months. All I want for this album is that some people love it and cherish it and hopefully it does enough for me to be able to make another album and then another.”
But what about the pressure that already rests on Rose? “I really try not to read anything that is written about me. The good and the bad are as destructive as each other. I’m so grateful for all the support the last few years in making this possible and I love how gradual and steady it’s been. The shows have slowly been getting bigger and I just pray it continues after the album is out but I’m terrified really.”
Luckily, on the basis of the album it seems she won’t have anything to worry about and now she’s about to head out on her biggest headline tour to date, taking in Newcastle’s O2 Academy on Tuesday 30th October. But just like her songs, Rose is still blessed with a candid fragility, something which only serves to make her more endearing.
“I still don’t know if I’ll succeed in music but I’m definitely going to give it my best. Music means such a lot to me. It’s sometimes a bit…overwhelming.”
- LIVE REVIEW: Lucy Rose @ Northumbria University