As the London pop trio played NME’s CineJam, we caught up with sisters Jane (lead vocals), Ruth (lead guitar) and Cat Edmondson (synths) to talk supporting Bastille and their big-screen ambitions
You left a gap of seven months between your debut single ‘Let Me Go’ and your new one ‘Real Love’. Why the long wait?
Ruth: “We probably took a bit too long – our friends started saying: ‘Are you going to put out any more music?’ And we were like: ‘We plan to, but we need to get it right.’”
Cat: “With ‘Let Me Go’ we didn’t release a video – we just put the song out there to see what people thought. So with this new single, ‘Real Love’, it was really nice to make a video and do it all properly.”
We heard the video for ‘Real Love’ was filmed in double-time on the streets of London…
Ruth: “There was one scene on Holloway Road where we couldn’t stop people walking past. It was on a Saturday night when everyone was getting drunk and it was really hard to stay serious.”
You supported Bastille on a number of arena dates last year. Was that a crazy experience?
Cat: “It was a whirlwind time that completely changed our live set-up, as we needed to make the step up in order to play those bigger venues. It changed us as a live band.”
How far can the band go?
Cat: “You’ve got to aim big, but it’s not a competition – it’s not The X Factor. But we wanna be playing in big venues again to as many people as possible.”
Jane: “We love soundtracks and appreciate the thought that goes into them. Maybe one day we’ll be able to write a song for a new film – that’s the dream.”
Jagara played NME’s CineJam at Rooftop Film Club, Peckham. CineJam, which is curated by Dan Smith from Bastille, is a series of events all summer long that blends music and film at a rooftop bar overlooking London.