London-Brighton hybrid Our Girl have been turning heads since they began gigging at the end of 2013 and changed their name from Soph Nathan at the end of last year. We had a word with the trio about the current and future plans, but in the meantime, listen to their first recorded track below:
LT: How would you describe Our Girl’s sound?
Lauren: People always comment on the contrast of soft and harsh in our music, Soph’s soft vocals against harsh distorted guitars or drums.
LT: Your band fuses London and Brighton—how do you feel those two cities influence you?
Lauren: Brighton is very chilled, there’s a lot more of a collaborative community around music there, which is why I think so much great music is coming out of Brighton at the moment. London is a lot more competitive, which is sometimes good, in small doses. You definitely grow-up quickly as a band playing and writing in London!
Soph: Yeah Brighton is a great place to start playing shows. We have friends who play in bands which has been really encouraging. It’s nice supporting each other and also really fun being able to play together – our friends have just started a collective called Echo champ which is awesome.
Josh: Playing in Brighton and living here is great, there’s a really good musical environment which is nice to be part of… At the same time we’re always in London and we always practice there so it feels like home.
LT: Brighton crowds or London crowds?
Lauren: That’s hard, we’ve been lucky enough to get love from both London and Brighton crowds, they’re pretty different. In Brighton people always go for it, London is a lot more polite, which can be good in some of our quieter songs, both are great though.
LT: If you were to see any bill of three bands—regardless of era—what three bands would they be?
Lauren: Three is hard! Fleetwood Mac, Arcade Fire, jeff Buckley, but then also Bikini Kill, Marvin Gaye, Elliott Smith, Warpaint, Fugazi… too many to choose from!
Soph: Deerhunter and Portishead. I’m seeing Courtney Barnett tonight and I’m so excited that it’s hard to imagine wanting to see any other band right now.
Josh: Nick Drake, although it could take some of the mystery that draws me to him away, Fleet Foxes w/josh tillman and Sigur Ros. Do you have any favourite venues to play?
Soph: Playing at OBL is always fun. Really enjoyed playing at The Social recently too, it’s quite a weird space but has a really good atmosphere.Lauren:We’re playing 100 Club this week, i’m looking forward to that, just because it’s so historic, so many great bands have played there.
Josh: Sidford Village Hall.
LT: What’s next for Our Girl?
Lauren: Going to record our first single soon, carry on playing shows and write a load of new stuff.
LT: Famous last words?
We’re scared of roller coasters.