Photo Credit: John Patrick, London
Summer is finally upon us. The top's down on the car, the picnic blanket's out and people are relying on Radio 1 for a soundtrack to their summer. What'll the trend be this year? Do you yearn for the previous mockney-stylings of Kate Nash or Lily Allen? Or how about something similar, fresher, a true London diva? Enter Gemma Mewse, the South-London songstress who's infectious latest song 'Numpty' is currently stuck in my head.
Mewse has spent months "debuting her hard hitting, socially aware pop/rock songs" in and around London and, with her debut album planned for public consumption in the Autumn, is looking to get out on tour further afield. She's also signed up for the 2010 'Camden Crawl' Weekend thanks to her winning best new song at the ETAs. Phew, a busy girl. And definitely one to look out for.
Numpty, available to hear in full on her Myspace page, tells the tale of a cheating partner; "on your bike son, leave now, don't let the door hit you on your way-out", and gives a great flavour of her wicked voice and cheeky lyrics. It's a really funky acoustic-guitar driven track which showcases the versatility of Mewse's voice and I can hear its rousing chorus rising high above the fields of Pilton at the UK's prestiguious Glastonbury Festival (surely) next year.
You can catch Gemma on the road:
2 Jun 2010 - REGAL ROOM @THE DISTILLERS, London
17 Jun 2010 - THE LOUNGE, Bromley
2 Jul 2010 - WOODLANDS, Salisbury
7 Jul 2010 - THE HORN OF PLENTY, St Albans
8 Aug 2010 - SKYLARK SHOWGROUND, HELP FOR HEROES FESTIVAL, Cambridgeshire
10 Aug 2010 - RONNIE SCOTTS CLUB, London
Or visit her on her Myspace to hear the full-EP version of Numpty plus snippets of the other 3 tracks here.