Women in the Spotlight – LOUISA ROACH (SHE DREW THE GUN)
Some of our favourite musicians have started out as little-known, unsigned bands. Some of them still are! With this in mind, here is a place for us to promote the artists you just have to check out. Give them a listen and then let us know what you think.
Throughout the month of March the Solo Armada is celebrating International Women’s Day (8th March) by highlighting female singer/songwriters and bands that excite us all through their lyrics and music. Follow Solo Armada social media on:
“Junkyard Scouse soul.. built ingeniously on a Wirral council budget” ★★★★ Uncut
She Drew The Gun make impassioned, hypnotic and darkly ornate psych-pop built around the lyrically evocative songwriting of singer-guitarist Louisa Roach.
Under the moniker She Drew The Gun, the Wirral native started playing solo gigs with a handful of songs in 2014. Meeting James Skelly of The Coral in 2015, Louisa began recording with Skelly at Skeleton Key Records and recruiting band members along the way. After touring Europe with Fink in 2015 Louisa emerged in 2016 with debut record Memories of the Future and a fully formed band.
The group saw off 5,000 competitors to win Glastonbury’s emerging talent contest, made their first TV performance on Soccer Am and supported The Coral on a UK tour. After adding new songs and reissuing their debut album as Memories of Another Future in 2017 they continued to tour, performing at SXSW and across a string of UK festivals including main stage performances at Glastonbury, Deer Shed, Cambridge Folk Festival and On Blackheath amongst others. They continue to win over fans with their lyrically evocative style coupled with meticulously layered songs and have been taking their message outside the UK playing gigs in numerous European capitals.
‘Paradise’ is the new single from She Drew The Gun, available digitally now and impacting at radio on 26th April. ‘Paradise’ is the third single to be taken from the acclaimed Wirral band’s sophomore album ‘Revolution of Mind’ following the BBC 6Music A-Listed tracks ‘Resister’ and ‘Something For The Pain’. In December, the album was chosen as a 6Music Recommends Album Of The Year 2018 alongside albums from IDLES, Kamasi Washington, and Arctic Monkeys among others.
“Its like a bad advert for capitalism, as if it was a product in some grotesque 1950’s ad – the free market is so wonderful isn’t it? It’s supposed to make everything great when really it’s just a paradise for the rich and privileged, but there’s trouble on the breeze because it’s completely unsustainable.” – Louisa Roach
Produced by The Coral’s James Skelly at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios. ‘Revolution Of Mind’ is the follow-up to She Drew The Gun’s 2016 debut ‘Memories Of Another Future’.
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