THE PRETTY RECKLESS
WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN HER 2016 TO MAKE TAYLOR EYE UP A MOVE TO, ER, PLYMOUTH IN THE NEW YEAR?
HOW MUCH DID COMPLETING YOUR THIRD ALBUM, WHO YOU SELLING FOR, FILL THE FIRST HALF OF YOUR YEAR?
“It completely filled it.we were still working on it until the end of June and I’d say it was our sole focus.we really went for it on this record with a vengeance.”
HOW DOES IT FEEL WHEN YOU FINISH SOMETHING YOU’VE POURED YOUR EVERYTHING IN TO?
“It feels very exciting and rewarding, and at the same time completely exhausting.you’re exhausted because you’ve just thrown all your energy and focus into something so intensely for such a long period of time.when you finish there’s just this big empty hole and you have to figure out how to fill that hole and move forward.”
OUTSIDE OF THE STUDIO, HOW WAS YOUR TIME ON THE ROAD IN 2016?
“It was fantastic.the shows were great aside from the fact that we all got sick at the beginning of the U.S. tour. It’s very difficult and we unfortunately had to cancel or reschedule a show because I had full-on lost my voice. Our bus driver was sick and when you’re living together in such close proximity, if one person gets sick you’re all going to go down at some point! That took us down for a little bit, but apart from that it’s been smooth sailing and a blast.”
DID YOUR LONDON HEADLINER STAND OUT?
“Oh yeah, that was a blast. It was so good to be back in London with a sold-out crowd.they knew all the words to the old material, and they knew the songs that we’d just released.the record wasn’t out so we wanted to reintroduce ourselves with a smaller show and say,‘hey, remember us, we’re coming back!’ It was a perfect show for us at that time. I love the UK, and I’ve even been talking about moving there!”
REALLY? WOULD YOU BE LOOKING FOR A PLACE IN LONDON?
“I don’t know. I really like London but I like northern England and a lot of other places I’ve been to in the UK. I love Plymouth, and the area outside of Glasgow’s really cool, too. I’ve seen a lot of places that I like, so maybe I could move around and rent before choosing somewhere to settle properly!”
WE’RE SURE PLYMOUTH WOULD WELCOME YOU WITH OPEN ARMS. WHAT WAS THE BEST GIG YOU WENT TO THIS YEAR?
“I don’t get to go to many shows when we’re recording but I did get to see Pearl Jam, which was pretty spectacular. I was a huge fan of theirs growing up, they’re so talented, and I saw them at [baseball stadium] Fenway Park in Boston. It was pretty cool and they put on a hell of a show. It was long, too – those guys still have a lot of stamina!”
TO END ON A CHEERY NOTE, WHAT WAS THE WORST THING ABOUT 2016?
“I don’t even know where to begin.the politics of 2016 were just insane, there was the loss of so many great artists. Losing David Bowie was devastating to me because I was a huge fan of his. There was Prince, too – the list goes on and on. It was a crazy year for a lot of reasons and I think we’re at a tipping point right now. It’s going to go one way or another, but hopefully things will take a more positive direction in 2017.”