LUCIA / “You’d be fucking disco dancing all weekend”

Glasgow newcomer Lucia Fairfull’s neon-tinged music is saturated with references to Blondie, Bowie, and Madonna. Since releasing a debut EP as more of a solo project, Lucia has evolved into a full-blown band affair, which has seen the foursome hit the road with their art-punk mates The Ninth Wave, and before that Britpop darlings Sleeper, where we had a post-set chat at Norwich Arts Centre.


Lucia are one of our new music tips for Latitude Festival 2018


What’s the reception been like touring with Sleeper?

Lucia: It’s been really good. Everyone’s been coming down early so they’re there to see us. People seem to have enjoyed it. We sold out of our EP vinyl so that’s good.

Is Britpop an era you’re inspired by?

Lucia: We’re inspired by a lot of different genres and different bands, mainly 60s girl groups, 70s punk bands, like The Ronettes, Blondie… also grunge bands like Hole. But I don’t think Britpop’s a main one.

You travelled to America for SXSW recently. How was it?

Hamish: It was absolutely amazing, Austin’s a brilliant place. They have a completely different way of life, it’s quite ‘do things your own way’. We played a gig in a place called The Electric Church which is run by these guys who built this venue out of a little bungalow. In there they’ve got old-fashioned psychedelic projections made by liquid that spins around. We did the gig in the backyard, and there was a truck which we thought was because there was a garage next door, but we got invited by the sound person to get in and inside the truck is a recording studio! Every band that play there, they record so you get a disc for free, which we’re probably going to make into something to sell. We came away from it thinking we could go and play in America, although I’m not sure it’s as easy as that.

Who was the best act you saw there?

Lucia: I really enjoyed Starcrawler. It’s the most rock and roll thing I’ve heard in a long time. [Vocalist Arrow de Wilde] is only 18 which is absolutely ridiculous. She just does not give a fuck. I loved it.

‘Melted Ice Cream’ is your latest single. What’s it about?

Lucia: Basically a couple of years ago there was a period where a lot of my friends’ relationships were falling apart at one time. It was really weird. I was also going through things with friends; it’s about friendships as well. It’s got a bit of a twist on it, because it’s not actually supposed to be me saying that to somebody, it’s about that opposite person saying it to you. It’s almost a bit cheeky, sarcastic, like you’re making fun of them or something.

You recently hit the road with your mates The Ninth Wave. How did you get to know them?

Lucia: Since the first time we went to see them play we’ve been friends. We’re very tight and we thought, it’s quite hard to get on tour these days so why don’t we do our own together? We created it as our thing: a Glasgow takeover.

Hamish: There’s a really good scene [in Glasgow] at the moment; we share a studio with Baby Strange and a brand new band called Alligator, The Ninth Wave are next door, and Walt Disco. It’s an amazing scene. I think in the past there have been rivalries but at the moment it seems like everyone’s helping each other and doing really well. So this tour made a lot of sense to us – we’re building a fanbase together and we’re all mates! There’s a nice thing that happens on tour where you all push each other, you always up your game and even if you’re with your friends by the end you’re always a billion times better.

Festival season is upon us. Who would be your dream headliners, dead or alive?

Lucia: I’m gonna be really unexpected and not say anything that influences my music. For me personally in terms of who I’d want to see, I would probably say Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, and Sister Sledge. You’d be fucking disco dancing all weekend.

Hamish: Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits.

Ally: I’d probably choose something absolutely ridiculous. George Benson followed by Slipknot. And then something fucking stupid like… Sugababes. Oh, Atomic Kitten!

Chris: If he was still alive, Alex Chilton playing anything; I could listen to his voice all day. I’d definitely get on the phone to David Byrne, tell him to get Talking Heads back together. I’d love to see a Glastonbury-sized field full of people watching King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard for the first time.

What can we expect to be hearing from you next?

Lucia: We’re going to record an EP in the next couple of months which we’ll be releasing later in the year. Only one of the tracks on there is being played live, apart from that it’s going to be something completely different to what anyone’s heard.

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