She Drew The Gun, kicking off the BBC 6 Music Festival in Liverpool just a few hours ago with a killer set and an amazing start to what is shaping up to being a stellar festival this Spring.
She Drew The Gun is one of those bands to pay very close attention to – fronted by Louise Roach, they fairly burn down the stage with an energy and passion that makes you instantly love them on so many levels.
I was wondering when the anger and protest was going to start getting channeled into music – these are such strange and frustrating times that pretending everything is okay is just a sham – we know shit’s getting real and we need voices to express what we are feeling and seeing right here and right now. She Drew The Gun is the right band at the right place at the right time. Louise Roach is an artist who resonates with passion and commitment. I can’t tell you just how potent this mixture of Rhythm & Anger is – it’s cathartic at first hearing. They pull no punches – Roach lays it out in clear, concise language – she is part of the solution and hers is a voice that cuts right through the bullshit and candy-coats nothing.
I had the feeling something was up the first time I heard them in session a while back. There was that flame – that spark that set them in a much different place than most bands I’ve been listening to of late.
I know they finished a gig recently at SXSW, but haven’t heard it nor got a sense of what the reception was like. All I know is, this set tonight in Liverpool, on a day where the government in London is falling into chaos, where the division among people in the U.S. is hitting the breaking point and where life as we knew it is on a crash course to crisis, we need the music to say how we feel. She Drew The Gun are doing that unbelievably well.
I love this band and wish them every possible ounce of good luck to keep it up and keep it real.
Don’t think twice about cranking this up – just do it.