Music interview: Findlay plays a mean guitar – and sings and writes too

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Findlay is a singer songwriter from Stockport, Greater Manchester. She released her debut single last year, and currently has a new EP, Greasy Love. She has supported the likes of Miles Kane and Jake Bugg.

HOW ARE YOU?

Not too bad, but I don’t have anywhere to live at the moment so I’m couch-surfing with friends. It’s not ideal, and I’m looking for somewhere, so hopefully I’ll have a place to call my own soon.

WHEN DID YOU RECORD GREASY LOVE?

I recorded it with Flood toward the end of August, so it was quite recent. I wrote the song earlier this year. I worked with Bill Ryder-Jones who used to be in The Coral on another song, called Black Cloud Silver Lining. He’s so talented, and we’ve been mates for a few years but this is the first time we’ve worked together.

WHEN WILL YOUR ALBUM BE RELEASED?

In my head, I’m about 50 per cent done, and I keep writing songs that push other songs off the album. I’m just going to keep writing and writing and writing until my label tell me I have to record and release it all. Then I’ll pick, but until then I’ll just concentrate on new songs. I think it’ll be out in the summer. Maybe.

WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING GUITAR AND SINGING?

When I was about 14. I just picked up the guitar and taught myself a bit, and I’d always been singing around the house. Then I started doing open mic nights around Manchester, when I was about 16, I suppose. There were too many female singer songwriters sitting around at those nights, crying about boys so that’s when I decided to go away and write some band oriented songs and find a band to play them. Being a frontwoman is so much cooler than sitting on a stool and weeping, and when you’re going to those open mic nights, that’s all you see.

WHAT WAS THE FIRST RECORD YOU HEARD THAT CHANGED THE WAY YOU THOUGHT ABOUT MUSIC?

White Blood Cells by The White Stripes. It had always just been my parents’ music playing before that, my dad listens to music constantly, even if he doesn’t play any instruments - but then I got that White Stripes record and wore it out.

YOU PLAY A VOX TEARDROP GUITAR. WHAT MADE YOU PICK THAT UP?

It’s unusual, I know, but it’s a Brian Jones signature model. I love the Stones, and Ian Curtis from Joy Division used to play a Vox Phantom and I loved that.

WHO MOST INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE SONGS?

I was obsessed with Regina Spektor. I love PJ Harvey, The Slits, Siouxsie, and loads of other female-fronted bands. When you’re a teenage girl there’s nothing cooler than another woman with angst singing about it, while also looking really cool.

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