Ireland’s September Girls have just released their 2nd album – Age of Indignation on Fortuna POP – and what a superb collection of tracks it is.Consisting of members Paula Cullen,Caoimhe Derwin,Lauren Kirchner,Jessie Ward and Sarah Grimes, Few recently caught up with Lauren to find out a little about her influences.
The first tune you loved – why?
Mickey by Toni Basil – I have childhood memories of playing the 45 on repeat until it actually snapped on one side of the record at which point I didn’t give up on it, I painstakingly aligned it at the split every time so it would still play.
Favourite song(s)/piece(s) of music you’ve written – why?
Heartbeats from September Girls’ first album is probably one of my faves. I’m always striving for that ‘perfect pop song’ – catchy, concise, with a timeless quality…..I’m not there yet, but that one is a special one for me where I feel like I was on the right track, expressing a simple feeling in a strong way.
How do you know when a tune you’ve written is complete?
When it has an arc – I need to feel like there’s a whole story there and like I can hear where it’s going and where it resolves to make it feel like a fully formed idea. From there you can endlessly tweak the details and mess with the style, but I like to build a strong foundation first.
What song (by another artist) would you have liked to write?
So Far Away by Carole King. Beautiful.
Which artist has influenced you the most?
Probably The Bangles.
Who would you love to support you on your next tour?
I always like when we get to tour with friends, so Sissy from Dublin would be fun.
Name a song that makes you smile.
Bill Withers’ Lovely Day
What’s the best new band you’ve heard?
I really like Tame Impala. Are they new? I’m such a square, I can’t keep up!
What’s your favourite radio station?
I always gravitate to the classic rock stations wherever I am.
Which piece of music would you like played at your funeral?
“Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Obviously.
September Girls’ second album, Age of Indignation, is out April 8th via Fortuna POP!The band embark on an Irish and UK Tour starting with the album launch in the Grand Social next Friday, the 15th April. Thanks for taking the time Lauren and we wish you every success with the album and upcoming tour
September Girls – 2016 Tour Dates
April 15th : Grand Social, Dublin
April 16th : Cyprus Avenue, Cork
April 29th: Laverys, Belfast
May 15th: Arts Club Loft, Liverpool, UK
May 16th: O2 ABC2, Glasgow UK
May 17th: O2 Academy 3, Birmingham, UK
May 18th: O2 Academy 2, Oxford, UK
May 19th: O2 Academy 2 Islington, London, UK
May 20th: Full Moon, Cardiff, UK
September Girls’ Playlists below