For me personally, it was born out of the necessity to express myself and deal with any negative emotions in a positive way.
Introduce us to you and your musical history
I’m Sarah, and I’m the singer, songwriter and (bad) guitarist. You’ve then got Toby on keys, Brad on bass and Tom on drums. Tom is my big bro, and we come from a very musical family – so it was almost inevitable that we would grow up playing together. Toby is self-taught and brings a bit of unpredictability in the best way to his sound. Brad briefly learnt steel pans in year 3, and dabbles also in both drums and guitar. He is also the most experienced and professional performer out of the four of us for sure!
What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?
“Will you marry me?” – get’s a bit repetitive.
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
We are all extreme cube-earthers.
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
Toby can burp on command, for what feels like an endless amount of time. Tom can also identify the country for every flag in the world!
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
I have it on good authority that the most fun Tom, in particular, has had on stage was singing ‘Reach’ (S Club 7) for the curtain call of Year 4’s production of Hansel & Gretel, as Hansel.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Probably when I was cast as Anne of Cleves in the Year 4 school play. My role was simply to walk on stage, listen to Henry VIII say “I don’t want her, she’s ugly!”, before walking back off again. Year 4 was clearly a polarising time.
Tell us something about you that you think people would be surprised about?
If a slice of pizza fell on the floor, I would probably still eat that slice of pizza.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe them?
I don’t think we would even get that far into the conversation, because Brad would just be so psyched to be talking to an alien. But I can imagine he would just end up plugging our Spotify and claim that Low Girl is all they will ever need to know to understand music. That’s a sure-fire way to gain a few extra streams.
What makes you stand out as a band?
Sometimes we wear bright colours, which definitely makes things pop a bit more you know. Brad also has a Hi-Vis jacket, that stands out the most I would say. We write the saddest of sad songs wrapped up in bubble gum, too.
Right now, what’s pissing you of the most? (Cant say the virus)
Ads on Youtube and the lack of gluten-free options and most fast-food eateries.
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
I think we’d all agree on a track called Andreas! It’s our show closer that builds slowly and ends in the most euphoric and expressive way. I always feel light headed and full of relief afterwards, like a dog that’s been let off the lead on a beach.
I hear you have a new single, what can you tell us about it?
You hear correctly! So Cool is about power dynamics and making the same mistakes over and over again. I also wanted to write about my tendency to be self-destructive, and tie into our upcoming EP’s theme of loneliness.
Talk me through the thought process of the single/album/ep?A. I actually found the thought process quite challenging when producing this track, as it felt like there were a million different ways to get the message across. In the end, we tried to craft a light hearted, almost self-deprecating mood to the song with paradoxically sad lyrics. I also feel like part of the thought process was showcasing each member of Low Girl and letting everyone have fun with the sound.
What was the recording process like?
Exceptional! We recorded the tracks with Michael at RYP Recordings in Harrow. It was during the most intense heatwave, and I have very fond memories of our time playing around with sounds there. A lot of what we did was completely analogue, which really challenged us individually as musicians to not rely on quick-fixes.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I would say I learnt a lot about authenticity. I get stuck in a loop of comparing my work to others, and I just had to shut that out for this entire process. I was surprised that worked!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
I don’t think I would, and that’s kind of the beauty of it all! It is what it is, and listening to it now completely encapsulates that time for me and I wouldn’t want to muddy any of it with the present.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Going to Texas for SXSW is pretty much all we can think about at the moment! We have a lot of things up our collective sleeves, and we really just can’t wait to continue this adventure of performing, meeting new people and reaching new heights.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
I have half a pizza left over in the fridge so I’m happy to share that with anyone who’s willing.