Lucy Rose will be working it out while at The Wedge

Lucy Rose
Lucy Rose
Southsea Alternative Choir. Picture: Paul Windsor

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On the tours to support her first album, singer-songwriter Lucy Rose sold her own blend of tea.

This time out for the top 10 album Work It Out – and provided the beans have arrived – she’s planning to sell chocolate.

Speaking to The Guide some weeks ago, she explains: ‘My housemate is a chocolate-maker and trying to get himself established, so I said I would sell it when I was on tour, just to help get him off the ground.

‘He was going to do it for the November tour, but his cocoa beans haven’t arrived yet. He’s waiting on them, so it will probably only get here towards the end of the tour. I’ll try and bring some to Portsmouth.

‘I’m addicted – I almost just expect him to supply me with chocolate all the time.’

Fortunately, even if the chocolate’s not here, she’s got plenty of fine new songs to distract the audience.

When you’re playing 200 gigs a year and it’s all this sad, heartfelt stuff, I guess you’re drawn to writing something that will get people smiling

Lucy Rose

The new album marks a bit of a departure in sound from her more folky debut, Like I Used To, embracing a more pop-oriented sound.

‘I think lots of fans were saying they were worried when they heard it was going to be a new direction, but they’re saying that it’s still 100 per cent you, it’s everything we love.

‘I didn’t want to produce exactly the same record twice, it’s me trying to make a different record, but one that’s still completely me. It seems that everyone seems to get it, which has been great.’ And she jokes: ‘When I played live, I think I wanted to put some more upbeat songs in there.

‘When you’re playing 200 gigs a year and it’s all this sad, heartfelt stuff, I guess you’re drawn to writing something that will get people smiling.’

Before heading out on her own, Lucy was part of the Bombay Bicycle Club set-up for a while.

‘Touring with them for as long as I did, I only did that because I loved their music so much, so being a part of that project for three years, and singing with them every night, it did direct me to a different place musically.’

She’s also guested on the last two albums by the Mercury Prize nominated Ghostpoet. ‘I haven’t started rapping yet,’ she laughs. ‘That was great to do, and we just kept in touch. I sang on his second record, so when he mentioned singing on his third record I was definitely up for it.’

Lucy is at The Wedgewood Rooms tomorrow. Doors 8pm. Tickets £15. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk