She Drew The Gun, fronted by singer-songwriter Louisa Roach offer dreamy lyrical psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey. They’re debut Album released in April, Memories of the Future, is the result of Louisa Roach meeting with James Skelly in 2015. Introduced by a friend of his who heard her doing a live session for the local BBC introducing show. He liked what he heard and initial work on an EP became an album. Going into the studio with the bare bones of the songs – poetic autobiographical lyrics set to haunting riffs and melodies, they built up the tracks, developing an electronic element into Roach’s sound. The result is a dark but dreamlike collection of stories from Roach’s life and imagination caught in a bubble of psych-tinged pop. Exploring more conventional subject matter like delicate and dysfunctional relationships, unrequited love and lament for love lost, but often veering outside the norm with Sci-Fi protest songs, or more subterranean subjects like homelessness, drugs and alcohol.
Originally a vehicle for Roach as a solo performer the project has shape-shifted and evolved into a full band since its inception in 2013. Sian Monaghan who played drums on the LP, was first to join, and the band have played in a number of formations. They supported Fink on a month long UK and European tour in autumn 2015 as a three piece with Jack Turner on Guitar. Latest addition Jenni Kickhefer completes the line up for their current album tour.
Louisa’s underground roots lie in performing at open mic events and various acoustic gigs, honing her skills along the way, she gained the attention of Radio 6 Music last year when Steve Lamacq championed a first release, that led to an invitation to perform a BBC introducing live session at Maida Vale in 2015. Gaining further national recognition and acclaim with several further underground releases, the band are currently touring the new album with a string of live dates around the UK to go with it.
“I’m very excited about the potential of this band” Steve Lamacq BBC R6Music
“If you like Portishead and PJ Harvey you will love them” Edith Bowman