Lucy Rose, Warwickshire’s soft-spoken heartthrob has been heating-up Britain and Europe in the last few months thanks to her solo debut, Like I Used To, which peaked at number 13 on the UK charts. Following a lengthy tour around Europe, Rose stopped by Guelph, ON to play in front of a small, but welcoming crowd of 150 people alongside Canada’s up-and-coming rock revivalists, Yukon Blonde. While at the show we got a chance to talk to Rose about her newly released album and her growing success in North America. As we quickly found out from talking to Lucy Rose, she is as down-to-earth, if not more down-to-earth than anyone else.
When discussing her album and her ever-growing success, Mrs. Rose was as humble as can be. While you could tell that she was not one to boast of her successes, you could see that she was serious about her music. Playing infront of a crowd of 150+ may have been small for Rose, but regardless, she made her presence more than known on-stage. Every guitar chord and riff was crystal clear, while all the vocals were on-point. Thanks to the help of her very adept band, the performance was much more fulfilling then your average acoustic set and had everyone on their toes. It was following this great performance that we got a chance to talk to Lucy. Here’s how the interview went down:
Indie Current: How did you first get involved with Bombay Bicycle Club?
Lucy Rose: It was just one of those things. They were playing a gig down the street from me and I was a big fan. After the show I was talking to Jack and I told him I was doing music as well. He looked up me and liked my voice and said come and sing with us. Flaws was a big acoustic album and I was doing a lot of acoustic stuff while it was in progress, so they wanted me to come sing on a couple songs. Then they wanted me to do some of the acoustic shows with them and I started working with them more. Then they asked me to be a part of the second album and we toured that. Then they asked me to help on the third album and we toured that. So it was just a really natural thing.
IC: How long did you tour with them for?
LR: Well we toured both albums, so about two and a half years.
IC: Did you work on your solo material while you were touring with Bombay?
LR: Yes. There was a lot of Bombay stuff that I couldn’t do because I was working on my solo material. I would do a tour with Bombay for about six weeks and come back and do a Lucy Rose tour for six weeks. For about the last two years, it was really intense. Then the release of my album was coming up and Columbia didn’t want me to go back and sing with them, I needed to focus on my album. So I found I just couldn’t really do anything with Bombay anymore.
IC: You played a number of new songs for us tonight, is there any chance we can look forward to something new in the near future?
LR: Well I’m still trying to get my album released in America. You guys may need to wait a little longer, but hopefully in the UK I’ll be able to put something out sometime next year.
IC: You have become quite big in the UK, do you feel like you are growing in North America as well?
LR: It’s much different because in the UK I can pop into a radio station and do a ten minute promo of my album and push my name that way. America is just so far away and I can’t just pop into a radio station and say, “hey I’m here to talk about my album.” It’s so different and really difficult. Although, my New York show was sold out, so hopefully that’s showing labels in America that people are listening to my work.
IC: Do you feel the growing popularity of underground bands in North America is helping you to expand?
LR: That’s news to me. I’ve toured in Europe and that’s great, but I really don’t know what’s going on in Canada or America!
IC: I would definitely say that you have been growing a lot, especially over the past year.
LR: Well that’s what you want. Hopefully more people are listening somewhere.
IC: Where do you draw your inspiration for your songs?
LR: I suppose everywhere. I think everything inspires you even if you aren’t aware of it, even if it isn’t good. I find go through phases; I’ll find an album that I love and I’ll listen to it non-stop for two months and if I write a song during that time, it’s probably inspired by that album without me even really thinking about it you know? And then I listen to another album and the next song is inspired by that. So the new stuff is inspired by a lot of different things. I would say for the last album a lot of the classics inspired me. Neil Young, The band, Tom Waits all of those old classics I discovered when I was young.