Earlier this summer, I tried to arrange a meeting with the lovely acoustic singer-songwriter wonder-lady, Lucy Rose. We organised it online, through email, I was told where to go and when we would meet to discuss my wonderings, in question and answer format. She would use her soothing voice to delicately put my qualms about this brutish world to bed (or so I thought). Needless to say, I felt a little bit nervous. How would it go? What would Lucy think of me? What if I said something she didn’t approve of? Which one of us would be the more uncomfortable?
I have a ritual before these sort of things, one beer (a little but not too much courage), stretches, and delicate hair arranging. Well somewhere in between seeing to all of this, I heard from Lucy’s tour manager, apparently the gear box had blown, and they would be late for the show. As it turns out, they were too late for the interview, but still in time for their performance, (convenient ‘ey?) So whilst I guess the vast majority of Green Man attendees were left happy and untouched by this mechanical error, blissfully unaware and (presumably) uncaring, I was left with an emptiness at the core of my weekend. Not that I want to bang on about it or anything, but let’s just say her gear box wasn’t the only thing left broken and dysfunctional that evening…
As soon as I returned to normality, and resumed contact with my email account, I managed to arrange that Lucy would see to my thoughtfully prepared queries via email, when she got the time. Below is what transpired from this remote, online encounter. The in-person chit-chat will have to wait for now I guess…
N.B. Morning Waffle protocol has been broken by asking a couple of real questions just in this instance, because I felt bad. Back to normal next week.
You’ve played a string of UK festivals this summer, have you been to any where it hasn’t rained?
Most of the festivals this summer have been completely soaked with non-stop rain. 2000 Trees was especially muddy for the load in trying to carry amps in over a foot of mud but the crowd were insane.
I remember Hop Farm being particularly dry and I was amazed at how dry Reading and Leeds were.
As a person, do you consider yourself introverted or extroverted? Do you think this influences your musical self?
I was unsure what I was so me and my whole family did the Myers Briggs personality test (it’s great!) Both my sisters and my mum were extroverted and me and my dad were introverted. I suppose this must have something to do with my music and what it is. But I’m not good at thinking about it all, but maybe because I don’t talk about my emotions in real life it comes out in my music.
Tell us a bit more about the album (out next month), will there be any unheard material on it?
I’m so excited about releasing this album, obviously terrified as well but I enjoyed recording every song immensely. We recorded it at my parents house in Rowington, and me, Charlie (producer) and Bjorn (guitar player) lived there. The rest of the band and my friends traveled up and down the country to be on the record. Most of the songs on it we play live but there are a couple that I haven’t worked out how to do it but there are clips that people have put up on youtube. We’ll see how it all goes, I hope some people like it.
What’s your favourite drinking game?
If Lucy Rose was a rapper, what would your rapper name be?
Do you believe in the Higgs Boson?
I’m not really informed enough but I don’t think that it’s a question of ‘believing’ in it
Are you religious?
Students received their A Level results yesterday (Let’s pretend it’s still Fri), if you were an examiner, what grade would you give Green Man?
A* I absolutely loved it!!!
If you were Prime Minister for a day, what law would you enact/repeal?
Drugs being legal.
Do you think it’s better to devote your life to one undivided cause, or a thousand fleeting ideas?
Each to their own, but I’d definitely throw at least one starfish back into the sea.
The Morning Waffles will be back again soon, check out the last ‘episode’ with The XCERTS front-man Murray MacLeod here.