It’s new music Friday, and Low Girl’s brand new single Big Now is live across all streaming platforms. We decided to catch up with Sarah about all things music:
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Where are you from and where did music start for you?
I was born and raised in good ol’ Hemel Hempstead! I come from a very musical family, so both myself and Tom (drums) had classical piano training from a young age. If we ever went on a drive as a family, I would beg my parents to play Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I’d say a lot of my early interest in music can be credited to that album and those piano lessons. It took me until my mid teens to let anyone hear me sing as I was deeply embarrassed by my voice. I thought it was really unfeminine, which for some reason, was a big deal to me.
If you had to use three words to sum yourself up, what would you say?
Anxious, clumsy and gay
You released today your latest single Big Now. What does this song mean to you?
This song is all about fighting apathy in any form. I wanted to touch on violence against women, climate change and the 1% mentality that profits from other people’s misery. In other words, I clearly can’t pick a theme.
Is this a hint at more new music on the way?
It is indeed! You can expect a whole EP very soon, and hopefully a second EP before the year is through. It’s getting to a point now where I want to avoid writing songs because I’m already so restless about the amount of other tracks I need to record.
How does Big Now compare to your debut single, ICU, released last August?
They are jarringly different, but hey, if you want the same thing over and over you probably aren’t gonna find it here! ICU feels like sadness, Big Now feels like anger, sugar coated in upbeat Nintendo sounds.
Where do you find inspiration for your music?
Inspiration usually comes to me whenever I’m feeling a strong emotion. I really struggle to sit with difficult feelings, and so putting it all in a song tends to get rid of that discomfort. I tend to alternate between a few different genres based on what I’m listening to at the time, but artists like Sufjan Stevens, Frank Ocean and SALES eternally inspire me.
Did you have any help with the writing and recording process for Big Now? How was it working with others?
I wrote the lyrics, melody and structure – but when it came to production, a lot of credit goes to Toby (keys). When I was at work, Toby stayed at home and worked on the track and then we would switch around when I came home, so it was very much our baby. I should also shout out Tom’s insane drumming as well as Brad’s guitar outro.
Q. What is a big hurdle you didn’t think you would have to deal with, while making music?
I personally have found my biggest hurdle to be my confidence, or lack thereof. Being a musician these days requires a very active social media presence, which I will admit doesn’t come naturally to me. I constantly compare myself to other people, and so it’s really easy for me to spiral when I’m looking at my feed. Whenever I go to post, there’s always a voice at the back of my head saying “no-one cares” or “people will laugh at you”. I’ve started trying to make a note of the nice things people say to me so that I can drown those voices out, but it’s tiring.
What have you been doing to keep yourself busy during lockdown?
I have found an unhealthy balance between sleeping all day and playing video games all night, which has kept me fairly busy.
Can we expect any live shows, when it is safe to play?
Of course! Behind the scenes we have been rehearsing non-stop for the past year to make sure that we are ready to go as soon as it’s safe. People are used to us playing as a three-piece too, so I’m hoping that they’ll enjoy the noise we make as a four.
Where can we find out more about you?
Anything else you would like to tell us?
We found out that Toby is loosely related to a Russian Prince, and so he will henceforth be spoken to like royalty.
And when I hopefully see Toby play, I will be sure to greet him as Your Majesty. But until then, I would like to thank Low Girl for taking the time to answer my questions, and wish her and the rest of the team the best of luck with all their new music.