Words By: Erin Puccinelli
Hey Lucy, where are you right now?
I’m at home doing some rehearsing.
It’s been about 2 months since you released your latest single ‘Bomb’, how’s the reception been so far?
It’s been great! Sometimes when you put something out online as opposed to a physical release, it can kind of feel bit nebula, you don’t really have an acute sense of where it’s going. I started to get some really nice feedback and it’s had some support from AMRAP, which is a distribution service for community radio. So a lot of community radio stations have picked it up and sent me some nice emails. It’s had a few spins on Triple J, which has been great.
Your new EP ‘Silvertongue’ is set to be released on the 25th of November, First off, congrats. Second, I’m interested to know the process of making this album, where and how did you record and write?
With everything that I do, it’s all just a really rich learning experience. I’ve never really done things because I wanted to get it out on a deadline. I was never really kind of worried about finishing it on time.
The songs I guess begin from a period of a literal and metaphorical winter in 2012 when I was going through a divorce. Of all the songs I wrote between that period and 2014, those where the songs that I picked. I wrote them all on my own. I genuinely do all my writing the week before my cycle, that’s when I’m most prolific.
I started by thinking of the most fantastic person I could to record with, and that happened to be a guy from Melbourne and I said “can I fly out and make this sound fantastic?” and then when it came to finishing them off, and finishing the vocals, I didn’t actually feel that connected to them anymore. They where so far removed fro my original intention and I felt pretty horrified. I had the feeling of “well, you made your bed, now you’ve gotta lie in it.” But I realised I had to do it properly. Then I got in contact with a guy called Joel Quartermain at Wasteland Studios, and he produced them in a way that it was still an exploration, but stayed true to the original intention of the songs. It’s no reflection on the original producer; it was to do with my confidence.
Why is it called ‘Silvertongue’?
‘Silvertongue’ is the second track on the EP. I think it was quite a pivotal moment for me, because as any artist will probably attest to, you use your craft as a form of expression and looking at how things are. I think previously, I’d always use song writing as a way of just being honest with myself of where things are. I think in life, I like to put a positive spin on things and song writing is a platform where I can be like “no, this is actually really difficult and this is hurting.” Singing about it made it feel like I was honouring it.
When I got to ‘Silvertongue’, I had this moment where I thought I don’t actually want to sing about how things are; I want to sing and give out energy.
What can we expect from the EP show at Fly By Night on the 25th?
It’s the birth of this EP which I feel like I’ve been pregnant with for two years. It’s a celebration and I’ve been really lucky to get some great support. Damian Crosbie of the Panda Band will be debuting his new band featuring Lee Jones and Jacob diamond, who are all amazing musicians. He’s got new material that’s really catchy and infectious. Odette Mercy and the Soul Atomics will be playing. She’s one of my most favourite people in the world. Her voice, songs and presence are just medicinal. It’s a real treat.
It’s at the Fly By Night. It’s a real honour to be playing at there. The new venue at Victoria Hall is just beautiful. It’s got high ceilings, wooden floorboards and big red velvet curtains, with a bar with pink lighting. There might be a peach cocktail and a little bit of collaboration with local artists to create a really great aesthetic.
Your Instagram is pretty interesting, lots of talk about feminism and breaking down the taboos of the female body, and the cover for ‘Bomb’ features you with armpit hair. You’re also going to be doing a Fringe show covering the issues of menstrual cycles. Can you spill any more information on this yet?
I can only speak for myself in reference of the ‘Bomb’ album cover. I just happened to have big luscious armpit hair at the time and that’s how it turned out. When I started showing people it was a general response of “yeah that’s great, go for it.” A few people thought it would be confronting and controversial and I just thought ‘really?’ that’s just so boring. I mean, it’s 2016 and we’re still kind of thinking it’s a huge issue. I just think it’s important to express yourself however you feel like doing it.
In terms of the Fringe show; I’ve used my cycle as a creative tool since about 2008. It’s been huge for me. A lot of people only have one relationship with their menstrual cycle, they either have it or they don’t. Because of the way we are designed, we have these amazing fluctuations of energy and creativity. I think we still live in a patriarchal society that rewards women for being linear, but the truth is women aren’t. We fluctuate. I’m really passionate about sharing tools to embrace this. Even some men I’ve talked to have been blown away by those principals. The Fringe show is basically a song and dance of how that came to be. It’ll be me sharing my journey and weaving in music.
Who have been some of your feminist hero’s over the years?
For a modern context, it’s the women around me who balance creativity, work and motherhood to be their best selves. I think for me growing up, the women in my family where tremendously inspirational. My grandmother was the first Australian to be a prima ballerina at the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden. She juggled being a ballerina with a family and in the 60s that was no small thing. When she got married, you where just expected to stay home unless you where going out with your husband.
My mum had six children and was on her own a lot of the time. I remember this one book week where you had to dress up as a character. I think I was in year 1. My mum organised mine and I had no idea what she was going to do but I was quite confident shed work something out. The morning of the book week day, I remember her waking me up and saying “hey you should go as Oscar the Grouch! We’ll put Vaseline in your hair and put vegemite on your face, cut up an old green jumper and you can sit in a rubbish bin!” and she made me look totally disgusting. We where all in a line waiting to go on stage, and then I remember having this moment looking down the line looking at all the princess dresses and I had this moment of thinking “oh my god, I think I wanna be a princess!” but I ended up winning the prize for best dressed! That was a lesson in realising its cool to be different and brave, and that you don’t have to be a certain way as a women or a girl.
What other plans do you have for 2017?
I’m going to be recording a new EP and will release a single in April with a new video. I’m working on some songs that involve stories about some of the prominent women in my family’s history, including an ancestor I have who was a convict. I’ll also be doing some touring.