GIGsoup caught up with Liverpudlian rockers She Drew the Gun after they had completed a surprise set, opening up the main stage on Saturday at LeeFest. The band offered us an insight into their politics, how winning the Emerging Talent Competition at Glastonbury has affected their career and what they would do to We Are Scientists if they had half a chance.
We’ve just seen you perform this afternoon – how was that?
Yeah, it was good. It’s a really pro team that they’ve got here, so it worked really well. It was kind of last minute that we were asked to play on the main stage, so it was great.
Yeah – you weren’t on the bill, so we were like, who’s this?
Yeah, that was kind of cool, being a mystery band! Yes, we’ve still got another set in Tootle’s later.
You’ve had a big year. You won the award at Glastonbury for best up and coming band. How has that affected your career?
It definitely has, as soon as it happened we had a bit of buzz about trying to see who we were – that was really cool and there was the added thing of actually playing at Glastonbury on the John Peel stage on Sunday morning, which was really amazing. Obviously, that affects you because it’s such a cool thing to do. Also, it happened two weeks before our album was released, so that gave us a massive boost.
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Your content is quite political and you blend in lots of different sounds. Which came first, the politics or the music, or was it all a combination?
I think it’s just that we do write some political stuff. But when you write songs it can express lots of different parts of your personality. One of my sides is a bit political so that comes out in my music.
What else are you going to see today? Do you have any top tips for the rest of LeeFest?
Well, we’ve got a couple of mates here, Spring King and Clean Cut Kid are both from Liverpool. But we don’t know what time anyone’s on, ‘cause we’ve just turned up! We played at a different festival last night, so we woke up in a different field, then we drove here. We were at Chilled in a Field Festival; it was nice, just about forty minutes from here, just for friends.
If you could stage invade anyone on the bill for LeeFest, who would it be?
Probably stage invade We Are Scientists with a load of hats and sunglasses, cause their album cover has hats and sunglasses on it, and then I’d let loads of kittens out on stage!
She Drew the Gun talks to Fraisia Dunn in this exclusive GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse. Header image by Lisa Furness.