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Lucy Rose is British singer-songwriter who had never played her songs to anyone until she had left home and moved to London when she was 18, where she began experimenting and performing with other musicians.
It was at this time that she met Jack Steadman, of the Bombay Bicycle Club, who asked her if she would like to perform vocals on a song he had written and was going to record for an album. The result was the acoustic album, Flaws, with Steadman on lead vocals, and Rose performing backing vocals, most notably on the track 'Flaws'. She also did more backing vocal for the Bombay Bicycle Club's later album, A Different Kind of Fix.
Rose often performs her songs with a band, which includes guitar player Björn Ågren, drummer Sam Nadel, bassist Joe Steer (from Broadcast 2000) and multi-instrumentalist Alex Eichenberger. She has recorded three singles: 'Middle of the Bed', 'Red Face' and 'Scar' that features backing vocals from Jack Steadman. Vogue magazine has described her as ‘one of indie music's breakout stars for 2012’; and her song ‘Don't You Worry’ appears in an episode of the popular TV show Skins.
Her debut album is being recorded with producer Charlie Hugall, and will be released by Columbia Records.
Q: Do you think of your lyrics as poetry?
A: I’m not very good with words and I’m still trying to get into poetry. So no I don't think of my lyrics as poetry, just how I'm feeling at the time.
Q: Do you think it is important that songs rhyme and if so why?
A: I never think about rhyming words, and most of my favourite songs don't. I don't think it's important.
Q: Do you think song lyrics must conform to recognised song structures such as clear rhyming schemes, choruses, refrains, hooks and bridges or that songs can also be like free verse?
A: I’m not sure what your question means, but I don't think so. For me lyrics are the nature part of the song, and the release, I don't think about it too much.
Q: When you read poetry in school or elsewhere did you recognize any connection to the music you enjoyed?
A: I’ve never understood poetry and never loved it like some people do. I feel like poetry and song writing are two very different things.
Q: Was there anything about poetry in books that influenced your songwriting?
A: Again, I don't read poetry so I don't think so.
Q: Why do you think songs are more popular with people than poetry is?
A: I can relate to songs a lot more than I can with poetry, and songs take you to a certain place and you can create memories connected to songs. It's hard to do that with poetry.