She Drew The Gun
'+ The Menstrual Cramps + Tourists
Thu 01 Jan 1970
Louisa Roach isnt a protest singer. The ambitious, melodic psych pop this Merseyside artist makes under the moniker She Drew The Gun is too abstract for that label, more dreamy than didactic. But its fair to say this rising star winner of Glastonburys Emerging Talent contest in 2016 works adjacent to that tradition, taking inspiration from the likes of underground folk legend Malvina Reynolds, and contemporary poets such as Kate Tempest and Manchesters Toria Garbutt.
Roach born, raised and currently residing on the Wirral brings a queer feminist energy to this rather male-dominated lineage. She was an 80s kid, raised by a hard-working single-parent mother and loving nan in nearby Birkenhead. As a kid, Roach was tomboyish, a footie fan with a competitive streak. She started playing guitar at 13 and was soon performing Oasis covers at friends parties. Music was a hobby at that point, a bedroom passion that fell by the wayside as teenage life and, a little later, motherhood took over [Roach has a 12 year-old son].