“It’s a shitshow. A mockery. A conveyor belt of jokers,” spits Gemma Rogers. The previous spoken-word artist has had a busy yr giving start to a daughter and dropping some of the intriguing punk-pop albums of the century to this point. And within the most interesting punk custom, she’s additionally hopping mad concerning the UK’s dire political state of affairs.
“We don’t want austerity, we have to tax the wealthy,” Gemma says, warming to her theme. “The one excellent news, politically, is that there’s no extra room for apathy. The Tories have royally fucked us – take into consideration little one poverty, gas costs, the rising price of residing. Usually I can’t be bothered to speak about politics – the songs try this for themselves – however proper now you possibly can’t not speak about it. It’s a worrying time.”
By no means concern although, Gemma Rogers’ new LP – ’No Place Like House’ – isn’t all bleak rants about Westminster shenanigans. You’ve doubtless heard dancey single ‘My Thought Of Enjoyable’, her cheeky ska-inflected paean to rum consuming within the afternoon.
“That was written earlier than plenty of the remainder of the tracks,” she tells us. “Earlier than my little woman got here alongside, when day consuming was nonetheless a factor. Rather a lot has occurred since then! Typically I mourn the grot-bag pubs. Assembly randoms, spending my wages on low-cost spirits, and kissing the incorrect individuals.”
Championed by 6Music’s Steve Lamacq – who requested Gemma to sit down in for him on his New Music Repair present not too long ago – she adores fellow present artists Yard Act and Deadletter. “I’m additionally tremendous impressed with AGAAMA. I watched her carry out with the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra the opposite day on BBC4. Wonderful! I requested her to open up my present at Lifeless Wax in Birmingham and he or she stated sure! I’m effectively happy.”
“We Want To Tax The Wealthy” Conflict Meets Gemma