INTERVIEW

“ Take any solo artist you can think of and then reconsider the word ‘solo’. Yep, you’ve been duped! Regardless of whether it’s Morrissey, Macca or (whisper it) Michael Jackson writing and recording their complete output alone, on the road they’ve forever been kept company by a backing band of blank faces to take the […]

Take any solo artist you can think of and then reconsider the word ‘solo’. Yep, you’ve been duped! Regardless of whether it’s Morrissey, Macca or (whisper it) Michael Jackson writing and recording their complete output alone, on the road they’ve forever been kept company by a backing band of blank faces to take the fall should ‘Hey Jude’ flop one night (as if it ever would). Enter Theoretical Girl, a SOLO electro punk/sampler/producer from the heart of Southend-On-Sea who not only writes and records 100% of her work but also tours the underground with only herself for on-stage company.

“It’s the most frightening thing I’ve ever done!” she openly admits. “The fear kicks in at sound check. That’s when the shakiness starts and it gets worse until I’ve played a couple of songs. By the time the nerves have gone, my set is over. It’s pretty damn annoying!” Perhaps recruiting a band would put Theoretical Girl more at ease? “I don’t think so. I’m too much of a control freak. If you want a job done properly‚”” And how can we argue with that? As honest as her stripped down synth and beats pop, TG (as she’s known when signing posts on her website) remains modest, passionate and hopeful about her career, currently a mere eight months in the making.

“If I’m ever lucky enough to get the chance to make an album – hint hint somebody, anybody! – I won’t be happy unless every track is as good as the one before. There will be no fillers!” she convincingly promises. “A few people have shown interest, a few offers were made, some of which were awful. Some guy wanted me to do a cover of an old house tune as my first single! I said no obviously! I’m going to be releasing my first single on a new label called Fake Product. They are great as they have allowed me complete control, something that is very important to me.”

More than anything, Theoretical Girl is real. She discusses mainstream indie as “nothing particularly innovative or exciting” and not because it is what’s expected from underground artists but because she truly believes it. You only need listen to the couple of demos on her myspace page to realise how little the likes of Maximo Park and Kaiser Chiefs have influenced Theoretical Girl’s unique sound. Fuzzed up and crackling through a fizzing amp, it fuses punk DIY simplicity with an angelic and adorable vocal. And it is a sound that has quickly developed through a combination of endless evenings locked in her bedroom with a four track and a constant string of – albeit terrifying – live gigs. “I’ve recently discovered the marvel that is the Mega Bus, which has meant that I’ve been able to play up North of late,” she enthuses.

So with no excuses, North, South, East or West, track down Theoretical Girl and try to discover a name for her sound. It is, as she says, “for people to decide upon.”

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