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Sophie Mahon & The Readymades: 10 question Interview

LOUD WOMEN’s next gig is 10 August at the Hope & Anchor, and we’ve very excited to have Sophie Mahon & the Readymades coming to play! We asked them 10 questions …

1. For people who’ve not heard you play live before, what can we expect from you at the LOUD WOMEN gig?
Fun, escapism and a very large dash of Eighties cool.

2. Which is your favourite song to play and why? Tell us about it …
It changes frequently. At the moment ‘Poster Boy Smile’ as it’s fast, fun and I feel like Debbie Harry when I sing it. It was inspired by Blondie’s Parallel Lines, David Hockney’s A Pool With Two Figures and Bryan Ferry’s Another Time Another Place album cover – real daydreamer stuff.

3. Do some super-lazy journalism on our behalf please, and fill in the blanks: “Our sound is like the lovechild of …
Bryan Ferry and The Eighties (I picture she looks like a cross between Duran Duran’s ‘Rio’ and Kim Wilde) with a bit on the side from David Bowie and Duran Duran

4. What’s your proudest musical moment to date?
Getting to the final of BurySOUND, Bury St Edmunds band competition, and playing in the town’s main theatre The Apex. I have seen a few heroes there so it was weird standing where they had stood.

5. Recommend a record and a book that you think our readers might not have heard of
Book-wise I would say Erin Morgenstern’s ‘Night Circus’ – the imagery is really beautiful; It’s so incredibly detailed it blows you away. I will say La Roux’s ‘Trouble In Paradise’ for the record because it is currently stuck in my head and she had gone under the radar lately.

6. One for the guitarists … bore us with the details of your set-up please.
Dawn uses a JJ Hucke Elenium Guitar, that looks like green fire! This has a bolt on maple neck and ebony fretboard, solid ash body, with a Dimarzio X2N humbucker pickup and a Schaller II trem. Her back up guitar is a gorgeous sapphire blue Ibanez S670QM. This has a Wizard 3 maple neck with bound Jatoba fretboard and the body is a quilted maple top on a maranti body. This has Dimarzio pickups; Tone Zone on the neck, Fred at the bridge and the middle pick-up is a True Velvet. Dawn uses a Headrush gig board, and Digitech Whammy DT and a Headrush FRFR 112 Speaker.

7. What are the best/worst things about being in your band?

Ha you would probably have to ask the rest of the band! From my point of view organising can be a bit like herding cats but the band works really well so it’s not so much of a problem. Maybe getting my ideas across when introducing a new song to the band can be a tad embarrassing – they have got pretty used to my abstract way of describing things, or very patient lets say.

8. What are your band goals?

Longevity and respect I think, to eventually get to the place my heroes are would be nice. Oh and to play on Later with Jools Holland. I would have said Top of the Pops but that is no more. Unless they decide to revive it then I’m up for that too.

9. What’s the most important thing we need to know about your band right now?

I am about to release my second E.P ‘Xenon Nights – Dawn’ on 6th September and there should be a music video out just before that so keep a lookout.

10. Pass the mic – who are your top 5 contemporary bands.
Her’s – The late, great Her’s who unfortunately died while touring in America last year. I saw them by chance at a festival and they really impressed me, that doesn’t happen often. They were electronic, funny and really cool.
Christine and the Queens – I mean ‘Chris’, that whole album and look doesn’t need describing. Just incredible.
La Roux – The fashion, the quiff, the sound and the style of Elly is awesome. She has a hint of the 80s/70s and that always appeals to me.
Lucy Grubb – a wonderful country/americana artist who has a wonderful way with words and story telling. She’s a good friend of mine too!
The Interesting Times Gang – I played a gig with them and I have never laughed so hard. They are adventure pop with some otherworldly songs.

I just wanted to mention bands that started in the 80s/90s and are still creating great music so will just add: Simple Minds, Kim Wilde, Bryan Ferry, Divine Comedy, Duran Duran and Tears for Fears.

Catch Sophie Mahon & The Readymades live on 10 August at the Hope & Anchor