For longer than we care to remember, Helen Love has helped brighten the R*E*P*E*A*T music scene.
The mix of fuzzy guitars, wonky keyboards, great hooks, joyous choruses and upbeat lyrics (sometimes mixed with the occasional caustic put downs aimed at those who deserve it) are guaranteed to raise spirits when the going gets tough.
And in days like these, we need them more than ever.
Great news then that the new album, Power On, is to be released later this month (review here), and that after a quarter of a century of near misses and close calls, we finally get to ask the girl about (Swansea) town what makes her heart go boom.
How did you record this new record, considering the pandemic? I
assume you made it in your home (you don't need a studio)?
Although I have most of, if not all of of your records, I've never
actually seen you play live (though I came within 5 mins of doing so
on Camden Crawl 20+ years ago). Do you prefer recording to playing live?
Horrible times for grassroots music at the moment. Who'll save UK
music scene? Is it worth saving?
I love your videos especially the ones featuring Swansea docks and
the 'big apple'. And I know one of the (then) kids in 'Long Live the
UK Music Scene'. Which are your favourites and why?
Is it fair to say you define yourself by the music you dislike as
much as that which you love?
Do you have any interest in the local music scene?
One of the things I love about your new record is that, unlike most
of the music I enjoy, it seems to be totally and deliberately ignoring
the current shit storm we are living through, even though I know that
a lot of that shit storm infuriates you greatly and you have strongly
held opinions about it. How do you stay so cheerful in face of the modern
Have you ever played a super Kay guitar?
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you began?
Why support Cardiff City when you have a perfectly good team just
down the road in Swansea City?
You seem to have an incredible knack of being able to churn out
catchy, bright and breezy memorable tunes, a skill that the likes of
The Ramones and Wildhearts also have, but is quite a valuable rarity.
Do you find it as easy as it sounds?
I believe you all live in different cities, how does this effect
writing / recording / practising?
You were kind enough to add some quality yelps to our recent flexi
disc, what collaborations are your favourite, both that you've been
involved with and ones you've not?
Does Chris Evans really still hold a grudge against you? Who else
would you like to wind up?
When Debbie takes control of the stereo, what will she put on it?
This album is available on cherry cola coloured vinyl. What is your
favourite colour vinyl (double denim colour!)? And your favourite cola?
In the current circumstances, how do you mean to ensure this record
gets the notice it deserves?
How can people hear your music, and why should they bother?
And with that perfect place to stop, it's time to give many thanks to Helen for her time and tunes and inspiration over the years; you can order Power On on limited cherry cola vinyl here and read our review here.
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