Saint Saviour: Saintly Sounds

5 Dec

Australian audiences are most familiar with Becky Jones aka Saint Saviour as the flamboyant performer and key vocalist with Groove Armada on their last studio album, Black Light.

But after 18-months of touring with Groove Armada and performing at their last ever live shows in London this weekend just gone, Saint Saviour is officially launching her solo career, after a history of being a guest and session vocalist in London and a member of the synth-pop band, The RGB’s.

“As a solo artist my music is pretty dynamic,” Saint Saviour explains on a Skype conversation from her home in London. “It can go from a single vocal line and harp to a track that’s got brass, strings, choir, full band, and ridiculous electro basslines.

“(Single) Woman Scorned is one of the more driving songs. You get told a lot when you’re an unsigned artist that you’ll never get on radio if you don’t have a big, exciting, fast-paced, upbeat song,” she says. “It’s not exactly upbeat, but the rest of the adjectives apply quite well.

“I think people should definitely check out the rest of the material because I don’t think one song on its own represents me.”

Saint Saviour is not just a talented performer and singer, but a diverse songwriter too, and if you listen to the songs on her MySpace (many of which may end up on her album in various guises) it’s very different stylistically from her work with Groove Armada.

“For this particular album, the ideas being pushed around by me and the people around me were very much in the Americana, blues, country – southern states of America type thing. So if there’s a theme to the music, it would be that. Almost a bit spooky. I used organs a lot, gospel choir type vocals, country picky guitar, and there’s lots of fuzz on the sound of it – it’s all very moody and ethereal with heavy reverb backing vocals – quite grandiose, I guess.

“I’ve been told it sounds American. Because I’m a singer, I naturally want to want to make the vocals the sticky-out part, ‘cause I’m actually a soprano so I can sing really high and when I’m at the piano I just do lots of wailing,” she laughs. “I do songs that will show my voice off and Woman Scorned definitely does that ’cause there’s lots of screaming and high-pitched dramatic stuff going on.”

THE PLUG Woman Scorned is out now on Euphonios (iTunes in Australia).

[Edited version published in The Wire, The West Australian, Issue 74, 21.1o.10]
Full Q&A of this interview will be published soon!

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