Q&A Scene: Suzannah Espie

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
My new single “I’m Sorry” is from my new album “Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today”. It’s a concept album of sorts, so the title goes you a fair idea of the subject matter! I recorded I’m Sorry with 13 other singers live in Jeff Lang’s studio. It’s dark. It’s sad. what can I say? No getting away from it really!

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
Like a really good loaf of bread. It’s substantial, earthy, honest and chewy.

Suzannah Espie Which song resonates most strongly and why?
There’s a song on the new album called What Would You Say that still makes me very emotional when I perform it, I hope that won’t always be the case but it certainly is at the moment.

Any on the road anecdotes?

I played a show in a far flung town in NSW a couple of months ago and stayed at a farm house, I woke the following morning to find a chicken standing on me. No swanky hotel rooms for me!

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Life.

What’s next for you?
I’m launching the new single ‘I’m Sorry’ with shows on Sunday 12 July at the Post Office Hotel in Coburg, Sunday 19 July at Caravan Music Club in Oakleigh, and then Friday 24 July at Django Bar, Camelot Lounge in Marrickville. The new album will be released in early September then I’ll be out on the road promoting, which I’m really looking forward to. I love being out on the road, if I stand still too long I get very anxious.

What’s your scene?
My world is a strange mix of rock’n’roll and a more domestic life as a mother. My days are spent trying to keep all the balls in the air and make the pieces fit, with varying degrees of success, but I love my music and can’t imagine letting go of that any time soon.

About Suzannah Espie

Suzannah Espie’s sound is an intoxicating mix of country, folk, blues and soul. A voice that can move grown men to tears one moment, with an Aretha-esque hellcat belt that can raise the roof the next. In June Espie released ‘I’m Sorry’ – her first single from forthcoming album ‘Mother’s Not Feeling Herself Today’. The new LP is an anticipated follow up to her breakthrough 2012 record ‘Sea of Lights’, which won Rhythms Magazine ‘Album of The Year’, was picked in The Age EGs Top 15 Albums of 2012, and placed Espie firmly on the industry’s must watch list.

Espie’s first band GIT released five critically acclaimed albums, performing extensively throughout Australia and the US. It was the release of her third solo album ‘Sea Of Lights’ that saw her career take a dramatic upward trajectory. ‘Sea Of Lights’ is a triumph of heavenly harmonied, spine-tingling folk country. Further to her gongs for the album in The Age EG’s Top 15 Albums of 2012, and ‘Album of the Year’ in Rhythms Magazine, Espie’s also achieved Rhythms ‘Gig of The Year’ in 2012. In 2013 she was selected as the Port Fairy Folk Festival Maton Artist of the Year.

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