Gig preview: Annie Eve at Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Annie Eve. Picture: Sharon Simpson
Annie Eve. Picture: Sharon Simpson
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This year in music has seen the girls crush the boys. Already established female artists have released sterling albums over the past 10 months, and more and more emerging new talent, predominantly female, has come through.

Annie Eve is yet another breakthrough artist on this year’s scene.

The 22-year-old’s first album, Sunday ’91, which came out at the end of August, is a current critical smash, and her intense acoustica tracks have been getting significant airplay.

“I try not to listen, too much,” comments Eve when asked how it feels to hear herself on the radio. “It’s an enjoyable experience if you go in and you have an interview and you play live, that’s great. But if you say something that you wish you didn’t say, you can’t take it back. I have listened to a few, and it is surreal, I’ll admit.”

Speaking to her just a few hours before the first date of her nationwide tour, kicking off at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, Eve says that she loves travelling with her band and playing shows. “It’s much colder up here,” she adds.

Eve is a relative newcomer to the gigging scene, but she has been writing for years.

“It was quite an organic thing, actually. My brother started teaching me how to play guitar, and then I sort of just started writing. I think at the time I was listening to some Bob Dylan, and he was showing me some Johnny Cash and some old blues stuff. As a kid, it really used to calm me down, so I guess I just kept going with it,” she laughs.

Sunday ’91 is fresh off the press, but Eve has already started thinking about the follow-up to her critically acclaimed début.

“I have been thinking and writing. At the moment, I’m just toying with ideas and sort of figuring out when that’s a good idea to start going forward with it. I’m probably going to have to write a bunch of stuff and jam it out to test it first before I get back in the studio.”

October 15, Brudenell Social Club, Queens Road, Leeds.

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