Looking for the next big thing in music? Forget it. It’s not gonna’ happen – times have changed. The next good thing to happen… that’s different, though. Never mind the awards ceremonies and digital chatter, it’s the tunes that count. And She Drew The Gun have fired a brilliant first bullet. By Alan O’Hare.

It’s the best feeling in the world when a song stops you dead in your tracks. True, it doesn’t happen often… but, when it does, it feels good to be alive.

Music can still do that to all of us. As talk of how we buy (and artists make) music takes over the direction of the conversation, and the tail continues to wag the dog, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded once in a while of the impact a great tune can have. With that in mind, here’s She Drew The Gun and their debut single proper, ‘Poem’:

Great, isn’t it? Startlingly original and in possession of a fire burning within, there’s a hint of Willy Mason’s seminal ‘Oxygen’ here and the edge present in all the best grime and hip hop, but the aural landscape hovering, however, belongs to the Wirral band. Led by singer/songwriter Louisa Roach, She Drew The Gun release its debut album (produced by The Coral’s James Skelly) this spring and we caught up with Louisa ahead of the band’s April tour to find out more about their rise from open mics to BBC live sessions at Maida Vale and plaudits from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Edith Bowman.

The new single is as direct as they come. Can you tell us where it came from?
It started life as a poem – that’s were the title came from – about an article I read about the police being on a drive to get rid of homeless people off the streets in London because they were unsightly and bad for tourism. I was thinking about how messed up it is and how backwards it is to keep up appearances so people can feel more comfortable. I started writing like I was speaking and the disgust just kept coming… so I kept coming back and writing more.

The video for ‘Poem’ is powerful, too. A deliberate tactic? 
We had a clear idea of what we were going to make and got a few friends involved. One of them, Craig Ebrell, came up with the idea of it being a young girl saying the words and we liked the idea of that and the fact it wasn’t a nice production room – it was shot in a dingy warehouse – so we could see behind the facade and that everything isn’t as it first seems.

We love it. It’s not just the video that has got a great reaction… radio has reacted to the song well, hasn’t it?
Yeah’, Steve Lamacq loves it and has been playing it on BBC 6 Music every day. Well, he was until SXSW stole the show! A lot of people got in touch with us straight after hearing it on the show… that kind of reaction means the world to us.

‘Poem’ is becoming a bit of an anthem for you, then?
I didn’t really know how it was going to go down, to be honest, but it always gets to get a good reaction… a lot of people seem to recognise the same frustration, I guess. We were lucky enough to play in a lot of European countries (supporting Fink) last year and we thought it might struggle to come across with the language barrier – but it always got people going.

Is the single indicative of the album?
The album is dark, too, but kind of pop as well… the songs are quite personal.

James Skelly has produced the record. How does it sound?
I’ve been a big fan of The Coral since I was a teenager, so that was a dream come true. We started off with the bare bones of some songs, so it was a brilliant turning them into something more in the studio and we’ve ended up with something that touches a few bases in subject matter and style… it’s kinda’ psych-tinged pop. Lyrically, there’s love, heartbreak, drunken foolery, time travel, political frustration and hope across the songs. Albums mean a lot to me, so I’m excited (and a little bit scared!) to find out what people think of it.

You’re touring the record in April. Excited to be out on your own? 
We really can’t wait. We’ve been lucky enough to do a couple of support tours, but always as either a two or three piece, so this time we’ve got the full band and will be presenting a bigger sound… and more of a representation of the album. It feels like we’re stepping up.

‘Memories Of The Future’ will be released on Skeleton Key Records, April 22nd 2016.

She Drew The Gun
April 29th 2016, Buyer’s Club, Hardman Street
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Pic courtesy Creation Press