Basically a party house that most of us aren’t relaxed enough to live in ourselves
If you’ve followed Goat Girl over the past year or two – their south London scene beginnings, their broken arms, their being trolled for not wearing bras on Later with Jools Holland, their take-it-or-leave-it debut album of strung-out psych rock and post-punk slow-burners, their timeless sense of being young and in a gang and doing well – you can probably imagine exactly how and where they live; in the case of singer Lottie and drummer Rosy, at least.
Band mates Ellie and Holly live separately and north of the river but Lottie and Rosy have remained in Lewisham, where the band formed and still rehearse, in Ellie’s mum’s garage a few streets away. South London has been important to Goat Girl, but the location of their terrace house, shared with a couple of friends and a ghost names Vera, pales to the stuff inside.
Lottie’s and Rosy’s place is basically a party house that most of us aren’t relaxed enough to live in ourselves. There are things everywhere, seemingly, whenever I ask, from three sources: Deptford Market, Poundland, which Rosy has become obsessed with, and the street outside. Across the board, these items include whole sofas, shopping trolleys that the band have converted into summer BBQs, paintings of horses, paintings of dogs, an unofficial Robbie Williams calendar, books about Zayn Malik and Rosy’s “inflatable boyfriend”, Stu (discarded behind a skateboard until next year).
Lottie opens the door and leads us to the kitchen for a strong cup of tea. I note the Christmas bunting – it’s not that it’s up early, Lottie tells me; it never came down from last year. Spoiled for choice for the things we could talk about in this house, Lottie and Rosy spend the next hour or two showing me around and having a good laugh as we go. It was just how I expected it to be. Apart from the ghost.
Lottie: What is it they say about computer games – the worst ones are the ones they make into films. All of the games I own are those ones. My favourite is Tomb Raider.
The TV we found on the street. We find so much stuff around this area. There were all these TVs that had been left, so we took one. They were all sitting in water, so it was pretty dangerous to plug it in, but it works fine. And because the screen is so small, it makes watching TV a real workout for your brain. It’s not as if you’re just sat there doing nothing.