“SONG FOR EWE”
with GEMMA ROGERS
“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is the welcome return of a singer with bags of street smarts and tons of attitude. Last seen (very recently) on these pages as part of her band TWO with Alfie Jackson ex of The Holloways, Gemma is back with a second solo single called “Song For The Cities” and it’s a timely slice of righteous anger at political isolationism and social division, with the sassy gnarl of Lily Allen and the DIY homespun cool of Kate Nash meets the agit prop of Chumbawamba’s Alice Nutter.
How can you go wrong with such nimble yet accessible wordsmithery as “Brexit is for breakfast but the eggs are out of date” or “you turn, on tune in and drop out, they’re grey and flaccid with gout”. There’s nothing pale, male and stale about this poppy slap round the chops and it’s as welcome a return to sanity as the recent Commons independent splinter group. Let’s hope Gemma can save us from the morass! Welcome back to VS, Gemma Rogers!
Here’s “Song For The Cities” – out today…
You’ll probably need a breather after that blast, so here’s Gemma’s very considered choice of tune from a true cult hero. Without further ado, this is Gemma’s “song for ewe”…
“Katie Cruel has been recorded a fair few times but When Karen sings it you believe it. They called her the folk worlds answer to Billie Holliday. Dalton died at 53, lived in poverty for most of her life too. You can hear how influenced people like Joanna Newsom or Devendra Banhart are by her. I like that she fully embodies every song that she sings. Method acts the hell out of her pieces.”