So… Another interview from one of our roving columnists, and this time it’s Alcopop! regular (and all round lovely chap) Josh – who’s speaking to the lovely Lucy & the Caterpillar, who we worked with back in 2007 (genuinely that long ago). Back then we were blow away by her delicious songs and penchant for red wine… But what’s she doing now? Here’s Josh>>>>
I first discovered Lucy & the Caterpillar when Jack sent over “I don’t want your stupid crisps” (taken from the Kings Cross E.P) with one of my purchases. I was drawn in by Lucy’s soft voice and sweet lyrics. Wanting to hear more I bought the “Kings Cross” E.P I enjoyed every bit from the cute mini disc to Lucy’s delightful songs. “Kings Cross” is like a short story of sorts ranging from the nervousness and excitement of meeting someone new featured in the song “Kings Cross” before moving onto the familiar “I don’t want your stupid crisps”. Second to last is the adventure tale of “Pirates! Pirates! Pirates!” before finishing with the excellently titled “Let’s mess about” which is a nice little keyboard solo. Wondering what she was up to now I emailed Lucy to catch up.
Josh: Hi Lucy, how are you?
Lucy: Hello Josh, I am rather good thank you. Really busy which I can’t complain about
Josh: Glad to hear it, how long have you been making music?
Lucy: I have been making music for about 12 years. I never knew I could sing until I was bought a guitar, I got more into the songwriting side of music before playing any instrument.
J: Who are some of your influences?
L: When I was 14 I loved The Smiths, they kind of influenced me melodically. I then discovered bands like The White Stripes, really loved the heavy guitars but kind of simple songs. I listen to The Beatles a lot & I love old 1970s folk music like The Roches, Karen Dalton, Stone Poneys & Laura Nyro. I’m not really a modern music fan, I find most modern music sounds like older music so why not listen to the original thing. Although, my most favourite songwriter is Feist. I also love anything by Iron & Wine and also Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. I do think music is getting better which is really nice to know, haha.
J: How was your time on Alcopop?
L: It was great, quite a long time ago now. I did my single launch at The Social & we released these super cute E.Ps. Tiny!
J: What have you done musically since Alcopop?
L: After Alcopop I did loads of festivals, Latitude, Leeds ect… then decided to take a break & work on something else, I find if you’re really passionate about something you need to protect it & treat it nice, so my musicalness, needed a break. I do however write loads of songs & am wanting to start a fresh, release an album, do some lovely gigs & enjoy myself more.
J: I noticed you also run a boutique in Hebden Bridge, how long have you been making dresses and such and how long has the Boutique itself been going?
L: I have had the shop for 7 years now. It started as a hobby & has become a proper business. I find clothes fascinating, the way they are made so I decided to learn how to dress make. When I wore my frocks, people asked me where I got it from so I thought it was a good idea to start a collection of classic dresses. They sell really well & I’ve now started making wedding dresses! Never did I think I would be doing that!
J: If it’s not too personal, why did you leave Alcopop?
L: I think I kind of became a recluse up north, my management changed and taking time out was the answer, it was only a single release anyway so nothing too serious, I probably really annoyed them too, haha <Jack’s note: She totally didn’t >
J: Where does the “caterpillar” come from?
L: It “was” my little guitar (which I still have) I am now under my actual name ‘Lucy Elizabeth” & I’ve kept the shop my old stage name which I think is important as I had lovely memories.
J: Can we expect a new album or EP soon?
L: YES! I have a whole collection of new songs that we are wanting to show to the world soon, we want to take our time to make sure it’s perfect. I’m so excited, I feel like my music has grown & people will hopefully see the real me instead of singing songs about sweets & being drunk… which of course, I don’t do anymore (NOT!)
Check out Lucy’s debut single ‘Red Red Wine’ here: