By Nathan King
It’s a Saturday afternoon and local Adelaide indie folk star Sasha March is elegantly engaged in a conversation with Yewth about her home coming show this Saturday night at The Grace Emily Hotel. Having released her debut LP ‘Don’t Go Falling’ last November, stating work on her follow up album and local disco kids Cosmo Thundercat and Nikai supporting her upcoming show, she very much has the adornment of all the feather boa hat wearing folk crowd.
Nathan: So how long has it been since you’ve played in Adelaide, like a ‘gig’ gig instead of busking?
Sasha: Ahh…It would’ve been, probably since November, not years or anything.
So there’s been a little summer break?
Yes a little break, so I just worked Fringe Festival and basically did my own playing to myself and just started writing some new tracks.
So have you started writing a new LP or something?
I have started writing actually, which is fun.
Oh, how then is sounding? Is it an even bigger band this time?
[Laughs] It’s like a 10-piece afro band. No, I’m just started writing more on electric really.
On the note of lyricism I believe that on the track ‘Didn’t Have To Leave’ you had a wonderful line, “Cos I don’t mind who you’ve been kissing, It doesn’t change the way I’m feeling”. Do you approach a song lyrically and keep that as a central focus or are you more of a ‘lyrics second, sound and feel first’ kind of musician?
Definitely lyrics first, I think all of my songs started from lyrics. Basically I do some kind of poetry, or free writing, or whatever and then I just put chords around it and play around it. But the story, or the lyrics, or the words are the focus, the beginning basically. I just think, for me personally, there’s this constant desire for freedom like most human beings. But I guess, just the venerability of humans in relationships and that all that really intrigues me and you know, what actually is love? You know, because it means so many different things to so many people.
Onto the album Don’t Go Falling. It’s different from the EP, almost like a Bob-Dylan-goes-electric moment. With the transition to a ‘big band’ kind of sound was that part and parcel of being in the studio with different kinds of people?
No, so I worked with the band and we’ve been working on those songs for a while and then we took it to the studio. I guess it was two kinds of different projects. I had always intended on writing the songs and always intended to play in a band. So it wasn’t something that developed just from wanting to do the album that was already there.
I was worried at first with the big band sound and how is it going to go with the folk/indie vibe. But no, I think you transitioned really well.
I was lucky enough to work with the guys who were sensitive to that. I guess knowing what that song needs, it’s nice to have that different element and I love playing with the band. I like playing solo too but the band, especially live too, it’s a collaborative thing and it’s such a nice experience to bounce off each other. Mick who produced and mastered at Mixmasters Studio had a lot to do with that as well, just making sure everything was really simplified.
I noticed on track seven ‘Blue Sorrow’, it had a spaghetti-western-vibe. Is that album number two I am hearing right there?
Potentially that would be a really fun vibe, because those two songs at the end of the album (‘Blue Sorrow and ‘Summer Mornings’) have similar break downs, but that one is a bit more ethereal. But ‘Blue Sorrow’ it does have that change in direction.
This Saturday night at The Grace Emily Hotel you are playing a home town show with Cosmo Thundercat and Nikai. Did you have a say in picking who you were gonna have with you? Because I know they are both home town groups.
I did and I’ve seen Cosmo (Cosmo Thundercat), actually I did a little gig with them for Adelaide Fashion Week. So it was just outdoors and lots of people wondering around and I just listened to their set and I really like them. I’ve heard a few of their tracks floating around and seen them on line up’s. I just really liked their vibe and just asked them and Nikai as well have been doing some really cool stuff, to have some chicks on the line up as well.
Yeah get some rock and roll girls out there.
Because it’s all about rock and roll at the end of the day.
Rock and roll and chicks [laughs]... and guys.