Following their latest single Cost of Love, Australia’s Bec Sandridge gave Indie is Not a Genre an interview about their creative process and upcoming EP Lost Dog.
Kendra Cooper: Hello! Thank you so much for doing this interview for Indie Is Not a Genre. How has life been since releasing your latest single ‘Cost of Love’?
Bec Sandridge: Hello, hello! All is well here in Australia. Just gearing into rehearsal mode with my new band – which is exciting! Can’t wait to hit the road with some new songs and the gals!
KC: Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the song?
BS: I guess it kinda underpins a codependent relationship whereby we both were pouring so much of ourselves into the thing and we ended up losing each other and ourselves…
KC: The visual for ‘Cost of Love’ has some strong and vivid imagery. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the visual storytelling?
BS: I liked the idea of portraying the glamorization of love, and the dirt that you both kinda bring in to the relationship and inevitably you end up kind of throwing it about at each other and yourself in attempt to navigate safety. All in all, I wanted it to be quite tongue in cheek.
KC: It seems like listeners and critics alike have noticed a huge range of sound in your work, sometimes comparing you to St. Vincent and Robyn. You have described one of your own songs as a cross between Shania Twain and Daft Punk. Do you have any favourite influences?
BS: I love both Robyn and St Vincent so I’ll take that! I feel like artists that have broad strokes of influence over my life are people like Cyndi Lauper, Kate Bush, Fleetwood, Creedance Waters and (a bit later in high school) Leslie Feist. They’ve sound-tracked my life kinda since I was a kid…
I think pop is supposed to be angular, bold and pushing boundaries, just as Pride is.
KC: How important is pop to Pride?
BS: I think pop is supposed to be angular, bold and pushing boundaries, just as Pride is. I think for a moment there was a lull in pop music in terms of saying something important but it’s slowly getting back there and getting a bit more political which is exciting… I think it’s pretty pivotal.
KC: How has your creative process changed over the years?
BS: I consider arrangement a lot more nowadays when I write. Initially, it was just me and an ol’ acoustic guitar. That being said… I’m trying to get back to that a little more. Keeping things simple and punchy.
KC: Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming EP “Lost Dog”?
BS: I’m so proud of this EP. I’ve sat on it for a really long time and honestly have worked with so many bucket list, beaut humans! I think each song wears its own jacket, so to speak, which is something I kinda always want to do.
KC: What is next for you?
BS: I’m currently writing my next album, an LGBTQI+ kids album, and touring Australia/UK/Europe. I’ve never taken my band overseas so I’m really excited for this. So many bucket list moments, at last!
KC: Again, thank you so much! I’m sure we will cross paths again in the future! BS: Thank you so much for having me.