Interview – Rosie Tucker

I recently reviewed Rosie Tucker’s latest album, Sucker Supreme, and I was very intrigued to find out a little more about Rosie, so I decided to have a chat with them. Find out more below and make sure you check Sucker Supreme out if you haven’t already!

By Jane Howkins

You have a new album out titled Sucker Supreme. What can you tell us about the album?

It’s my first record on Epitaph, I made it with some people I really love, I think it sounds better than my other two records but that’s just me.

This is your third album release. Has the writing and recording process changed for you much over the years?

The writing process has stayed much the same, in that it continues to be interesting and frustrating and mysterious to chase songs out of wherever they’re hiding in my stupid brain. The recording process has changed a lot. With each record I’ve gotten more comfortable in sharing my music making with other people, and I’ve got excellent bandmates and an excellent producer. I’m less nervous, I’m having more fun and playing more instruments and opening up creatively. It’s nice.

The album is being released through Epitaph Records. How has it been working with Epitaph? 

Obviously this is early on in my relationship with the label, but I have really enjoyed working with everyone I’ve met at Epitaph so far. Lots of kind and cool people who are good at their jobs. 

A single was recently released titled Habanero, which we loved. What can you tell us about the track?

Habanero is a song about flirting and the sorrow of being attracted to someone where there’s not a chance of things working out. And from there, it’s about other desires that don’t come to fruition, and how funny, shallow disappointments can shape us. 

Do you have any more singles planned for release anytime soon?

Not at this time!

Has the coronavirus pandemic hindered your work as an artist in any way?

I definitely miss touring and I am eager to get back to it. I really didn’t write very much music during the whole pandemic. I’m starting to write again as things open up in Los Angeles. Turns out circumstances that are bad for the mental health are also bad for the art making! I did get to develop a couple good habits, moving my body and writing in a notebook, and I think that helps the art in a holistic way. 

What sort of music influences you most as an artist, and what have you been listening to recently?

Right now I am listening to a Spotify playlist called music for plants, which features the beautiful, soothing music of Hiroshi Yoshimura. The most recent newish album I’ve been listening to is Haram from Armand Hammer (rappers EUCLID and billy woods) but I haven’t really given it the attention I would like to. I make guitar music, but the music that catches me the most isn’t siloed into any one genre. Anything that feels really creative and good to listen to. This doesn’t really answer your question at all, but it’s the answer I have. I know it when I see it. 

Do you have any plans to tour the UK in the near future? Would you ever consider doing a socially distanced tour? 

I would LOVE to tour in the UK, socially distanced or otherwise, if there’s a way to do it safely. No current plans on the books, but definite aspirations. See you in 2022?

What can people expect from a Rosie Tucker gig, and why do you think people should come and see you perform live?

This is such a good question! You can expect a really good looking band of really nice smart people (and also me) having an excellent time doing what we love together. There tends to be a lot of laughing. Sometimes I fuck up my parts but the band is really good and can usually cover for me. I like playing live because every single show is different, and every single show has different needs. I think people should come see me perform live so I can meet them afterwards at the merch table and learn about how far they traveled to get to the gig and what they do for a living. People should also come to the show so I can tell them about all the kooky things that have happened on tour so far, and so that they can have funny interactions with me and give me fodder for banter at the next gig. 

Any last words for the fans?

No words, but a serene smile of gratitude.