Liverpool's rising stars She Drew The Gun headlined the second of the VO5 NME Awards Shows for 2018 on Friday January 26 - here's what happened
Do you feel lucky, punks? Well congratulations, you are – you’re staring right down the barrel of one of Britain’s most engrossing new bands. Hailed as frontrunners in the new generation of politically charged pop bands and winners of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent contest in 2016, Liverpool’s She Drew The Gun are shooting (sorry) into the public eye on the back of their debut album ‘Memories Of Another Future’ and their intoxicating concoctions of social and political tub-thumping and sophisticated future rock. On Friday (January 26) they took over London’s Omeara for the second of 2018’s VO5 NME Awards Shows with Big Joanie in support, and gunned down every heart in the room. Here’s how it looked…
You had to be quick on the draw to pick up tickets for two of the UK’s hottest new acts.
Hoping that no-one would take the band’s moniker too seriously, Omeara decided not to install metal detectors at the door.
Up in the dressing room, support band Big Joanie prepared to unleash their cranky DIY feminist punk.
Purveyors of ragged no-fi rattlers covering radical social issues, they opened with ‘Fall Asleep’, but it wasn’t long before the covers started creeping in…
As fans of both riot grrl and TLC, they dotted their set with slanted and enchanted grunge rock classics and ended with a wonderfully wonky ‘No Scrubs’.
Raiding their debut album and showcasing cinematic pop new tunes destined for their second, one early highlight was delicate ballad ‘Pebbles’, making fine use of singer Louisa Roach’s gorgeous Patsy Kline-like tones.
A few songs later, bathed in lights from her self-designed stage show, Louisa was berating her drunk self for making a fool of her all the time on ‘Where I End You Begin’.
By the time they reached ‘Poem’ midway through the set, the politics had kicked in in earnest. The song tackles issues such as the stark contrast of homelessness at tourist attractions and how real ‘justice’ is only available to those that can afford it.
At their oddest extreme, ‘If You Could See’ was their self-styled “sci-fi protest song”, a conversation with someone from the future about the way we’re blindly stumbling into oblivion.
The motorik fuzz drone of ‘Pit Pony’, meanwhile, concerned the “insane, inhumane” culture of capitalist greed. We’re guessing they’re devoted gunslingers for the Corbs gang…
It all ended with the rusted rockabilly of ‘No Hole In My Head’, the sound of Nashville’s Ole Oprey being buried under a landslide of copies of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ ‘Maps’ single.
She Drew The Gun are next playing live in April. Best holster up.