Ladyhawke: ”Anxiety’ is a more of a straight-up guitar record’

Pip Brown also explains the epic delay in the recording and release of her second album

Ladyhawke has revealed that her second album ‘Anxiety’ is “more of a straight up guitar record”.

The album is the follow-up to her 2008 self-titled debut and is due to be released on March 19. It has been recorded over the past year at producer Pascal Gabriel’s house in the south of France.

Speaking to NME about the album, Ladyhawke, whose real name is Pip Brown, said that her second LP is both darker and rockier, with the Pixies, Blur and Nirvana her main influences during its creation.


She said of ‘Anxiety’: “It’s lot more rocky. The tone of it is definitely darker. It’s still poppy and fun, but I listened to a lot of guitar rock when I was writing it, stuff like Pixies, Blur, Nirvana and I’ve always wanted to make a guitar record. There’s no synth, but there’s some organ. It’s more of a straight-up rock record”.

Brown also spoke about the lengthy delay between the release of her self-titled debut album and ‘Anxiety’, which will be almost four years by the time her second album is released. She revealed that sheer exhaustion led her to ditch plans for a quick follow-up and that when she first went into record; she wasn’t physically capable of doing so.

She said: “I had no idea how exhausted I’d be after I finished touring. I was physically incapable of doing anything. I tried to start recording about a month after I finished on tour and I turned up at the studio and just fell asleep. I was like a zombie.”

Brown also spoke about the album’s title, revealing that the record is built around the feeling of ‘Anxiety’ and nervousness.

She said: “It’s called ‘Anxiety’ because every song has that sort of feeling, my mindset throughout the recording was a mixture of being so tired and just being worried the whole time. I’m a walking ball of anxiety. It completely sums up the album”.

You can see an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip of Ladyhawke making ‘Anxiety’ by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.


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