British-born, French-raised and London-based, Hero Fisher continues to introduce new album Glue Moon with single ‘Lonely’. Following on from the release of ‘Sylvie’, ‘Push The Boat Out’ and ‘I Let Love’, we spoke to Hero about writing music, playing Glastonbury and her latest LP.
I’m very excited to share this new chapter with more and more people.
First up, tell us bit about yourself - what first got you into music?
My folks played music around the house all the time when I was a kid, so they must be to blame! I grew up in France with my sister and my Australian parents. I now live in London.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
From a young age I really loved Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.
What drives you to write?
I have no idea - it’s an urge more than a drive. It’s a language I feel comfortable with I suppose.
How would you describe your style?
Right now I’d say dark indie/electronic rock with intimate/howling vocals.
You’ve collaborated with Alison Mosshart and Boy George in the Mark Ronson-scored ballet ‘Carbon Life’. What did you learn from them and take from the experience?
I learnt to work harder and be more ruthless in my decision making.
You opened for The Rolling Stones and Neil Young at Hyde Park, how did that set go down?
It was an excellent day! I didn’t get to meet them though. Next time!
In 2014, you were shortlisted for the 2014 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Prize. What impact did that nomination have?
I got to play Glastonbury which I loved. I’m not sure what other impact it might have had… I saw Dolly Parton live!
What response did you get for your debut album Delivery in 2015?
I had such lovely responses from fans and press which made all the trouble of making the album definitely worth while. I’m very excited to share this new chapter with more and more people.
Tell us about your single ‘Lonely’. What’s it about?
Lonely is about self delusion. We all wear blinkers to hard truths in one way or another. A common condition people have is loneliness, or feeling secluded. I think it’s a sentiment a lot of people can relate to. And if they don’t, then they may have mastered self delusion!
When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote it in 2016 and recorded it last year at Monnow Valley Studio in Wales.
‘Lonely’ is taken from your LP Glue Moon. How does it fit in?
It’s more on the electric side of the album’s songs- It has an edge and a darkness to it that makes it one of the more unnerving songs to me.
You released three singles from the album last year - ‘Sylvie’ and ‘Push The Boat Out’. What can we expect from the rest of the album?
After lonely we have a more light hearted song coming out with a video by the wonderful Julian Broad. The album is very eclectic in it’s genres so all I can say is expect the unexpected!
When and where can we expect to see you live next?
We’re playing at London St Pancras Church on Thursday, March 15th. I hope to see you there!
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would you choose?
Finally, if you could wish for one thing to happen to the band in 2018, what would it be?
I’d wish for a great support slot on tour, supporting an artist I respect and am inspired by!
Listen to ‘Lonely’ on SoundCloud below. Hero Fisher plays St Pancras Old Church on Thursday, March 15th and Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival on Sunday, May 19th. For further news and tour dates go to herofisher.com.